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Sunday, September 07, 2008

 

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Growth is always a gradual process even if there are glittering moments of insight and a divine revelation. You do not have to change, grow, or good in order to be loved. Rather, you are loved so that you can change, grow, and be good. God is forever loving you. - Powell

We can understand and accept ourselves realistically only when someone outside ourselves first understands and accepts us. - Powell

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; yours are the only hands with which he can do his work. Yours are the only feet with which he can go about the world, yours are the only eyes through which his compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world. Christ has no body on earth now but yours. St. Teresa of Avila.

Nothing starts easy. Everything begins at some level of difficulty. Even waking up requires certain efforts. But one thing beautiful about life is the fact that what is most difficult is also the most rewarding, and the most satisfying.


The first important effort must be a full, accurate and conscious awareness of our emotions before they guide us to the perceptions from which they come from.

Serenity - to walk when others are running; to whisper when others are shouting; to remain calm when others are restless; to smile when others are angry; to know inner peace in spite of everything; and to sleep in th emiddle of a storm.

One day, the villagers decided to pray for rain. ONe the day of prayer everyone gathered and only one girl came with an umbrella. That's confidence. When you trhow a 1 year old baby in the air, he laughs because he knows you will catch him. That's trust. Every night we go to bed, we're not sure that we'll get up the next day, but still we make plans for the coming day. That's hope.

God, I don't understand it, but I trust You. And I'm not going to spend all my time trying to figure out why certain things have happened. I'm going to trust you to make something good out of it. You're a good God, and I know You have my best interest at heart. You promised that all things will work together for my good.


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