"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Daily Meditation – The use of time

[Consider the following and the use of our time]

Take time to think
 - It is the source of power.
Take time to play
- It is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read
- It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray
- It is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to be friendly
- It is the road to happiness.
Take time to laugh
- It is the music of the soul.
Take time to give
- It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work
- It is the price of success.
Take time to do charity
- It is the key to heaven.

- Author Unknown

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Monday
Sep122016

Daily Meditation - Knowing AND Living the Word in the Present Moment

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. Well, as such things go, one thing led to another. The meeting lasted longer than anticipated.
 
Their flights were scheduled to leave, and they had to race to the airport. With tickets in hand, they barged through the terminal to catch their flight back home. In their rush, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table, which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding, ALL BUT ONE. He paused, took a deep breath and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him and told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight.
Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the floor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl at the apple stand was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping or to care for her plight.
  
The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them into the baskets, and helped set the display up once more. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $20 for the damage we did. Are you okay?” She nodded through her tears.  He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”
  
As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”
   
He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”
   
Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by the fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.
   
Author Unknown
   
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Sunday
Sep112016

Daily Meditation – Friendship and Courage

[Consider the themes of friendship and courage below]

In the late 1950’s, Brian Piccolo attended Central Catholic High School and later Wake Forest University where he led the nation in scoring and rushing in his senior season of 1964. Yet, believed by scouts not being big or fast enough, he was not drafted to the NFL but later did sign a free agent contact with the Chicago Bears. At the same time, the All American Gale Sayers was drafted by Chicago. During a period of racial divide, these two, one white and the other an African-American, became roommates and would go on to form an amazing friendship.

Brian Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer in November 1969 and subsequently began chemotherapy treatments. In April 1970, his left lung and breast were removed. A short time later, his friend Gale Sayers was awarded the George Halas Award as the league’s most courageous player for the 1969 season and for his own recovery from an injury. Upon accepting the award, Sayers gave the following emotional speech:

“ I'd like to say a few words about a guy I know, a friend of mine. His name is Brian Piccolo, and he has the heart of a giant and that rare form of courage which allows him to kid himself and his opponent -- cancer. He has a mental attitude which makes me proud to have a friend who spells out "courage," 24 hours a day, every day of his life.

Now you flatter me by giving me this award. But I say to you here and now, Brian Piccolo is the man of courage who should receive the George S. Halas award.

It's mine tonight and Brian Piccolo's tomorrow.

I love Brian Piccolo. And I'd like all of you to love him too.

And tonight, you hit your knees: Please ask God to love him.”

Brian Piccolo died in June 1970 but the memory of his friendship, courage, humor, and teamwork lives on .

 

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God

Saturday
Sep102016

Daily Meditation – Created for a Purpose

“God has created me for some definite service; I have a mission… I am a link in a chain, a bond of connections between persons. He has not created me for naught.”
 
- Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Friday
Sep092016

Daily Meditation – Standards and Values of Jesus

Consider the face of good and evil. Now, ask God to provide an intimate understanding of the way the Mind of Christ works. Furthermore, ask for an understanding of how those who have chosen only this way make decisions and value things.

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

 

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