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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

 

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To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.

All that God requires of us is an opportunity to show what He can do. A.B. Simpson

All the waters in the ocean could never sink a ship unless it gets inside; likewise, all the pressures of life can never hurt you unless you let them in.

The Lord does not look so much at the magnitude of anything we do as at the love with which we do it. St. Teresa of Avila

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it s in the power of your hand to do so. Proverbs 3:27.

One great form of wealth is kindness. It does not diminish no matter how much you give. It increases the more it is shared.

Just like faith: the more it is shared, the more it is strengthened.

Somebody once told me, Be strong. Remember, not everything has a happy ending and endings don’t mean stop. It’s just a way of telling that there’s a new beginning ahead of us. You should always be ready for the unpredictable and expect the unexpected. It’s easy to fall, hard to get up. But once you’re up and back on track, you will be a better person. That’s the way of life. You don’t just live it, you learn from it.

Life is at its weakest when there are more doubts than trust. But life is at its strongest when you learn how to trust despite the doubts.

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can – and surely will at times –fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying too. I think we should follow a simple rule” if we can take the worst, take the risk.

Brokenness must be a gift from God, for He alone can will it. It must be equated with grace, for how can one survive it by mere strength. It must be accepted, so one can fully understand himself. For it takes a broken person to understand and love a person who is broken.

You need to feel a bit deprived at times, a bit lonely and in a way incomplete, coz if you’ve got everything here on earth, would you still look up to the sky?

Everything always ends up alright. If things are not alright, then it’s not yet the end.

An ordinary stone in David’s hand had an extraordinary effect on Goliath. May the ordinary things you do result in extraordinary breakthroughs.

Little trials without God can break you. Big trials with Him can make you great. May you always find strength in god’s faithful providence.

One lie is enough to break a trust. One sentence is enough to break a heart. One second is enough to lose a battle. One smile is enough to fall in love. One mistake is enough to lose a job. One touch is enough to heal a wounded heart. But whatever our pain, whatever our struggle, one God is more than enough.

To be happy, there are two things we must forget: the good things we do to others and the bad things that others do to us.

Man is based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope. This world of his is empathically the place of hope. Thomas Carlyle

The three stages of life:
Teens: you have all the time and energy but no money.
Workers: You have the money and energy but no time.
Oldies: you have all the time and money but no more energy.
Enjoy a balanced life.

What evangelization is: When a beggar tells another beggar where to get food. (from Bishop Buhain's homily via Malou)

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. Mother Teresa. (from Mel)

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. (from Malou)

Keep faith. God makes all things beautiful in His time.

Happiness is somewhere between too little and too much. May you have just enough wealth to meet your needs but enough poveryt to learn how to work hard; enough blessings to know God loves you, but enough problems so you don't forget Him; enough happiness to keep you sweet, but enough trials to keep you strong; enough hope to keep you happy, but enough sorrow to keep you human.

Who you are is God's gift to you, but who you become is your gift to God.

In the end, only three things matter: How fully you lived, how deeply you loved, aand how well you learned to let go of things not meant for you.

Old friends are gold. New friends are diamonds. If you get a diamond don't forge the gold. Because only gold can hold a diamond.


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