Wednesday, July 10, 2013
They remain trapped in their own past, forever turning over their mind events of the past, the wrong decisions made, the wrong turns taken, the “might-have-been” of twenty, thirty, maybe fifty years.
Others are trapped in the anxiety about the future. While they forget that the only day we have to live is today, the present, with all its hours and minutes for being, loving, doing, growing, giving thanks, helping, sharing, believing, reaching out to others.
In the Our Father we pray: “Give us this day our daily bread” . There is wisdom here, asking only for the needs of the present. The same wisdom is even more vividly expressed in the Hail Mary.
There are only two moments of life that we are sure of, the present moment and the moment of death.
We ask Mary to pray for us at these two moments. To say this prayer and mean it is to live intensely in the present, free from worry about the past or fear of the future.
A young lady lay dying in hospital. The fatal cancer caused her intense pain. A priest saw her five days before she died. She was at peace with herself, with God, with death that she saw approaching. Though still in the prime of life, there was no complaint, not a trace of self-pity, as her days on earth was fast coming to an end.
“I thank God for the years I have lived”, she said. “The only prayer that I can say now is “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me a sinner now and at the hour of my death”. She saw that for her the moment of death and the “now” would soon be one. And so she lived her last days believing, trusting, loving, praying intensely as she had done all her life.
If it is a tragedy to die young; it is a far greater tragedy to pass many years on earth without living at all.
Don’t allow the gift of today to be devoured by regrets for yesterday or fears of tomorrow.
God is aware of all that you worry about he has waited and is still waiting for you to call on him irrespective of how hard it is because of the troubles of your past and fear of the future. He knows the hurt you feel, the weight and guilt that you carry. Allow him to forgive these guilts and heal the pain of the past.
Continue to Trust in God and let your life begin today as you walk in freedom without any fear, guilt and pain of the past.
God will Forgive, Heal and walk with your every step of the way.. Remain Blessed.
[With Excerpts from 'The High Noon of God' by Peter Byrne, C.Ss.R.]
Posted by ANUMBA JOSEPH UCHE at 9:37 AM
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The guidance I seek may come, or the guidance I seek may not come, but are not both of these an answer? If a child seeks bread from his father and it is not forthcoming has not the father answered?
I will pray for guidance, and I will pray in this manner –
Oh creator of all things, help me. For this day I go out into the world naked and alone, and without your hand to guide me I will wander far from the path which leads to success and happiness.
•I ask not for gold or garments or even opportunities equal to my ability; instead, guide me so that I may acquire ability equal to my opportunities.
• You have taught the lion and the eagle how to hunt and prosper with teeth and claw. Teach me how to hunt with words and prosper with love so that I may be a lion among men and an eagle in the market place.
• Help me to remain humble through obstacles and failures; yet hide not from mine eyes the prize that will come with victory.
• Assign me tasks to which others have failed; yet guide me to pluck the seeds of success from their failures. Confront me with fears that will temper my spirit; yet endow me with courage to laugh at my misgivings.
• Spare me sufficient days to reach my goals; yet help me to live this day as though it be my last.
• Guide me in my words that they may bear fruit; yet silence me from gossip that none be maligned.
• Discipline me in the habit of trying and trying again; yet show me the way to make use of the law of averages. Favor me with alertness to recognize opportunity; yet endow me with patience which will concentrate my strength.
• Bathe me in good habits that the bad ones may drown; yet grant me compassion for weakness in others. Suffer me to know that all things shall pass; yet help me to count my blessings today.
• Expose me to hate so it not be a stranger; yet fill my cup with love to turn strangers into friends.
• But all these things be only if thy will. I am a small and a lonely grape clutching the vine yet though hast made me different from all others. Verily, there must be a special place for me. Help me. Show me the way.
• Let me become all you planned for me when my seed was planted and selected by you to sprout in the vineyard of the world.
Help this humble man.
Guide me, God
An excerpt from 'the Greatest Salesman in the world' (by Og Mandino)
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saint Valentine's Day, better known as simply Valentine's Day, is the annual commemoration of love celebrated on February 14. Valentine's Day was created by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD to honor the Christian martyrs named Valentine. The religious observance of the day was deleted by Pope Paul VI from the Roman calender of saints in 1969 but is still often permitted.
Catholic Pope Gelasius established St. Valentine’s Day in 496. It is based on the legend of St. Valentine, a Christian priest during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II.
Claudius, called Claudius the Cruel, was unhappy that so few young men were showing up for his wars and decided they weren’t coming to fight because they didn’t want to leave their wives and girlfriends. To remedy the situation, he announced a ban on marriage.
Claudius was also busy persecuting Christians. St Valentine, a Christian priest, thought the marriage ban ridiculous and continued to perform secret marriages and also worked to help Christians escape persecution.
Claudius soon found the renegade priest and threw him in prison. While in prison, Valentine converted his jailer to Christianity after restoring the sight of the man’s blind daughter. One version of the story has St. Valentine then falling in love with Julia, the jailer’s daughter.
Before his execution for refusing to renounce his faith, he sent Julia a note signed, “From Your Valentine.” The date of his execution and of the love note was February 14th.
The saga of the young priest, who was tortured and killed for trying to protect love and marriage and for his Christian beliefs, has intrigued writers for centuries.
Some authors say St. Valentine had been demoted among Catholic Saint rankings. Though he is still a recognized as a Catholic Saint, his demotion was due to the lack of enough historical records to authenticate all of his deeds.
Valentine's Day was first related to romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer during the Middle Ages. Until the 19th century handwritten valentines were often given rather than modern mass-produced greeting cards. It is often celebrated with expressions of love, and gifts of chocolates, flowers, and cards known as "valentines." Symbols of modern Valentine's Day include heart shapes, figures of winged Cupid, and doves.
-> "When love is not madness, it is not love." - Pedro Calderon de la Barca
-> "Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!"
- Thomas Hood
-> "Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee."-English phrase on poesy rings
-> "Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction." -Antoine de Saint-Expuery, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
-> "For you see, each day I love you more Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow." - Rosemonde Gerard
-> "Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."
-> "Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and the lips to pucker."
-> "Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever."
-> "Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart."
-> "A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you."
-> "You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip."
-Jonathan Carroll "Outside The Dog Museum"
-> "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."
-> "Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs." - William Shakespeare
-> "kisses are a better fate than wisdom."- e.e. cummings
-> "If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"
-> "Who, being loved, is poor?" - Oscar Wilde
-> "In melody divine, My heart it beats to rapturous love, I long to call you mine."
-> "Grow old with me! The best is yet to be." -Robert Browning
-> "Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely." -Hawkeye, from M*A*S*H
-> "The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." - George Moore
-> "We loved with a love that was more than love." - Edgar Allen Poe
-> "Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat." - Ben Hecht
-> "Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity." -Henry Van Dyke
-> "Are we not like two volumes of one book?" - Marceline Desbordes-Valmomre
-> "A bell is no bell 'til you ring it, A song is no song 'til you sing it, And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay ; Love isn't love 'Til you give it away." - Oscar Hammerstein, "You Are Sixteen" from the film Sound of Music
-> "I've fallen in love many times...always with you."
-> "Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia."- Judith Viorst
-> "What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. Why I need to live has
been given to me by you."
-> "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
-> "When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks." - Natalie Clifford Barney
-> "Take away love and our earth is a tomb." - Robert Browning
-> "Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." - Zora Neale Hurston
-> "Love is a game that two can play and both win." - Eva Gabor
-> "Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house."
-> "We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack." - Marie Ebner Von Eschenback, Aporism
-> "I love thee - I love thee, 'Tis all that I can say; It is my vision in the night, My dreaming in the day." - Thomas Hood
-> "Love, and a cough, cannot be hid." - George Herbert in Jacula Prudentum 1651
-> "Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before." - Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
-> "Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved." - Christopher Paul Rubero
-> "A man is not where he lives, but where he loves." - Latin Proverb
-> "Tell me how many beads there are In a silver chain Of evening rain, Unraveled from the tumbling main, And threading the eye of a yellow star: So many times do I love again." - Thomas Lovell Beddoes
-> "The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of."- Blaize Pascal, Pensees, 1670
-> "True love stories never have endings." - Richard Bach
-> "Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." -Zelda Fitzgerald
-> "Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart." - Kay Knudsen
-> "Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs." - Ovid
-> "Soul meets soul on lovers' lips." - Percy Bysshe Shelley
-> "I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes, After the day's great sun."- Charles Hanson Towne
-> "Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name." - Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
-> "Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity, and air of passion."
-> "Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Sometimes we make love with our hands.
Sometimes we make love with our bodies. Always we make love with our hearts."
-> "The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love." - Margaret Atwood
-> "You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well."
-> "Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."
-> "Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law." - Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
-> "Candle light, moon light, star light, The brightest glow is from love light." - Grey Livingston
-> "A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it." - Frank A. Clark
-> "Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly." - Rose Franken
-> "Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies." - Swedish Proverb
-> "I love you like crazy, baby 'Cuz I'd go crazy without you." -Pixie Foudre
-> "How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, an all was said." - Victor Hugo
-> "It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves." - John Bulwer
-> "Love is not singular except in syllable." - Marvin Taylor
-> "They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there's moonlight all about and there's no moon above."
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song "Old Devil Moon" in the musical Finian's Rainbow
-> "Love me and the world is mine." - David Reed
-> "Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." - Robert Frost
-> "Love is the poetry of the senses." - Honore de Balzac
-> "Come live in my heart and pay no rent." - Samuel Lover
-> "True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked." - Erich Segal
-> "Love is what you've been through with somebody." - James Thurber
-> "Love is being stupid together." - Paul Valery
-> "For twas not into my ear your whispered But into my heart. twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul." - Judy Garland
-> "As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words." - William Shakespeare
-> "My heart to you is given; Oh, do give yours to me; We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key." - Frederick Saunders
-> "Love is the greatest refreshment in life." - Pablo Picasso
-> "What the world really needs is more love and less paper work." - Pearl Bailey
-> "Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score; Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on, To make that thousand up a million; Treble that million, and when that is done, Lets kiss afresh, as when we first begun." - Robert Herrick, "To Anthea (III)"
-> "Falling in love is so hard on the knees." - Aerosmith
-> "Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire
-> "The most beautiful view is the one I share with you." - Unknown
-> "The mot important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them." - Stephen King
-> "My whole heart for my whole life." - French proverb on poesy rings
-> "Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind if the braille weren't so damned much fun." - Armistead Maupin
-> "Love is metaphysical gravity." -R. Buckminster Fuller
-> "If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden." - Claudia Ghandi
-> "Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds." - William Shakespeare
-> "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
-> "You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without."
-> "A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman
-> "True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen." - La Rochefoucauld
-> "I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love." - Henry Ward Beecher
-> "Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all." - Saint Augustine
-> "Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition." - Alexander Smith
-> "Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
-> "Very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love." - Stendhal
-> "There is no remedy for love but to love more." - Thoreau
-> "At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." - Plato