Thoughts For Life
Holy and humorous thoughts to help us through life
A MAN FELL INTO A PIT AND COULDN'T GET
A SUBJECTIVE PERSON came along and said: " I feel for you down there."
AN OBJECTIVE PERSON came along and said: "It's logical that someone would fall
A SELF-RIGHTEOUS PERSON said: "Only bad people fall into pits."
A MATHEMATICIAN calculated how he fell into the pit.
A NEWS REPORTER wanted an exclusive story on the pit incident.
A SELF-PITYING PERSON said: "You haven't seen anything until you've seen my pit."
A FIRE-AND-BRIMSTONE PREACHER said: "You deserve your pit."
A SELF-ESTEEM THERAPIST said: "If you had any self-esteem, you could get out of
AN OPTIMIST said: "Things could get worse."
A PESSIMIST said: "Things will get worse."
A REALIST said: "See, things have gotten worse."
AN IDEALIST said: "Your pit is better than many others."
A PRAGMATIST said: "You could sell space in your pit."
AN IRS AGENT asked if he was earning an income from his pit.
JESUS CHRIST, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.
RULES OF THE HOUSE
I If you open it.....................................................close it.
II If you turn it on...................................................turn it off.
III If you drop it ......................................................pick it up.
IV If you wear it......................................................hang it up.
V If you dirty it.......................................................wash it.
VI If you sleep in it.................................................make it up.
VII If you get it out ..................................................put it back.
VIII If it rings.............................................................answer it.
IX If it spills ............................................................wipe it up.
X If you use up something of someone else.....replenish it.
XI If you break something of someone else ..... fix it.
THE TOOLS OF THE SAINT - THE TOOLS OF THE SINNER
We love God through
We ignore God because of his creation,
We oppose God with his creation.
The tools used by the saint and sinner alike are the same.
#4 Courtesy takes no more time than rudeness - just a bit more class.
To not only possess the virtues, but to act them out in a natural and unaffected manner.
Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile. - From Africa
possession of a great many things,
even the best of things,
tends to blind one to the value of anything.
#8 The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it. - by John Raskin
#9 When God crowns your merits, He crowns His own gifts. - John Raskin
#10 The cobra will bit you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra
#11 Those who don't know what God expects of them, will find it by reading what God has said.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting , too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good nor talk too wise,
If you can dream and not make dreams your master,
If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same,
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools,
If you can make one heap of all your winnings, and risk it on one turn or pitch-and-toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings, and never breathe a word about your loss,
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold On!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings-nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run, yours is the earth and everything that's in it, and-which is more-you'll be a man, son!
by Rudyard Kipling
#13 Yet, all is for naught unless, within God's redeeming grace in charity all is done, then holiness on earth is earned, and sainthood in heaven will be won. - by Anonymous
#14 THE MASS
Only through the sacrifice of Christ which is commemorated as a memorial during the Mass (Pascal Mystery) is there any meaning to suffering and martyrdom.
#15 RULE OF LIFE
by Fr. John Hardon, S.J
* Daily Mass
* Daily Communion
* Daily Rosary (at least 5 decades)
* Daily spiritual reading of at least 15 minutes
* Daily examination of conscience at a scheduled time during the day
* Daily spiritual reading of at least 15 minutes
* Frequent proper reception of the Sacrament of Confession (at least monthly-more often preferable)
* Learn the Angelus and say the prayers at appointed times (morning, noon and 6:00pm)
#16 Fear is the main source of superstition, and is one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
#17 While on earth, the only thing in which we grow stronger and yet take with us when we die is God's grace.
#18 Truth is one forever absolute,
but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of
- by Wendell Phillips.
#19 Children Learn
What They Live
When a child lives with criticism,
He learns to condemn.
When a child lives with hostility,
He learns to fight.
When a child lives with ridicule,
He learns to be shy.
When a child lives with shame,
He learns to feel guilty.
When a child lives with tolerance,
He learns to be patient.
When a child lives with encouragement,
He learns confidence.
When a child lives with praise,
He learns to appreciate.
When a child lives with fairness,
He learns justice.
When a child lives with security,
He learns to have faith.
When a child lives with approval,
He learns to like himself.
When a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.
#20 FOR MOTHER'S DAY - by
When the good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime." Than an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said: "Have you read the specks of this order?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 180 movable parts...all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that disappears when she stands up; a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair, and six pairs of hands."
The angel shook its head slowly and said: "Six pairs of hands...no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the lord, "It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."
"Is that on the standard model?" the angel asked.
The Lord nodded - "One pair that sees through closed doors when she ask: 'What are you kids doing in there?' - when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but has to, and, of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say: 'I understand and I love you' - without so much as uttering a word."
Touching His sleeve gently, the angel continued, "Lord, come to bed. Tomorrow..."
"I can't," replied the Lord, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and get a nine-year old to stand under a shower."
The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly - "It's too soft," it sighed.
"But tough!" said the Lord excitedly. You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure."
"Can it think?" the angel asked.
The Creator said, "Not only think, it can reason and compromise."
Finally, the angel noticed something, bent over, and ran its fingers across the cheek. "There's a leak," it announced. "I told you that You were trying to put too much into this model."
"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."
"What is it for?" asked the angel.
"It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride," said the Lord.
"You are a genius," said the angel in admiration.
The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."
Pray for what you Need
Not for what you Want
And be thankful you don't get what you Deserve
#22 Duty is
ours, Results are God's.
A Cake Quiz
01. What cake is an
02. What cake does a monkey like?
03. What cake is a heavenly body?
04. What cake is the biggest flop?
05. What cake do mice like best?
06. What cake is a typical American breakfast?
07. What cake goes well on a saucer?
08. What cake is found on the ocean floor?
09. What cake is always on the calendar?
10. What cake weighs the most?
11. What cake should be eaten in bed?
12. What cake is a small child's game?
13. What cake is as lovely as a transparent material?
14. What kind of cake do you feed your rabbit?
15. What kind of cake do you order at a seafood restaurant?
01. Birthday Cake, 02. Banana Cake, 03. Angel Food Cake, 04. Upside Down Cake, 05. Cheese Cake,
06. Coffee Cake, 07. Cup Cake, 08. Sponge Cake, 09. Date Cake, 10. Pound Cake, 11. Sheet Cake,
12. Patty Cake, 13. Chiffon Cake, 14. Carrot Cake, 15. Crab Cake.
#24 Mother Teresa's Message
People are often
unreasonable, illogical and self-centered -
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives -
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies -
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you -
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight -
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous -
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow -
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough -
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God -
It was never between you and them anyway.
Thomas Jefferson's Ten Rules
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have earned it.
4. Never buy what you don't want because it is cheap.
5. Pride costs more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
6. We seldom repent of having eaten too little.
7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8. How much pain the evils have cost us that never happened.
9. Take things always by the smooth handle.
10. When angry, count ten before you speak, if very angry,
count a hundred.
The Bridge Builder
An old man, going a lone
came at the evening, cold and gray,
to a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
through which was flowing a sullen tide,
the old man crossed in the twilight dim-
that sullen stream had no fears for him;
but he turned, when he reached the other side,
and built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow
"You are wasting strength in building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day;
you never again must pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
why build you the bridge at the eventide"?
The builder lifted his
old gray head.
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There follows after me today
a youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
good friend, I am building the bridge for him". - William Allen Dromgoole
"Let no man
pull you so low as to make you hate him." - Booker T. Washington
"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything,
let us examine how happy they are who already possess it."
- Francois de la Rochefoucauldi
you don't find anything in life worth dying for,
soon you find there is nothing in life worth living for.
The day you were born everybody was happy, and you cried alone.
Make your life such that in your last hour all
others are weeping, and you are the only one without a tear to shed.
Then you shall calmly face death whenever ti comes. - Dag Hammarkjold (Secretary-general of the UN)
#31 Remark made by a delegate at a
certain presidential political convention July 2004.
"God must be a Democrat because he made a rainbow of people."
Reply - We don't really know if God is a Democrat, but it is certain that he did not intend his rainbow of people to create a rainbow of gods.
#32 God Bless America!
Reflection - But wait, isn't this the same God whose love we reject and "slap in the face" when we encourage aborting a child of his creation or contracepting a human life?
#33 The Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
#34 Life is to seek God
Death is to find God
Eternity is to possess God
#35 Adoring God
I adore Christ daily two times. The
first time is at the Sacrifice of the Mass when I receive Him, Body and Blood .
The second time is when I minister to Him in the poor. - Mother Teresa
(A bit long, but important)
ALL ABOUT CANCER
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong, the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer, it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, life liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation, while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation, the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way
to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding them with the
foods it needs to multiply.
Cancer Cells Feed on . . .
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Braggs' aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Bu cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.
c. Cancer sells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit helps put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Best water to drink is purified or filtered water to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the caner cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiad, and anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
#37 How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank
#38 Whether you think you can or you think you can't you're right - Henry Ford, inventor
#39 If you're going through hell, keep going! - Winston Churchill
#40 He who throws mud only loses ground. - Fat Albert
#41 You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
#42 Women are like tea bags. They don't know how strong they are until they get into hot water. - Eleanor Roosevelt (Wife of a president)
#43 "Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good." - Joe Paterno (Coach of athletes)
#44 Fruit of prayer is faith, Fruit of Faith is love, Fruit of love is service, Fruit of service is peace - Mother Teresa
When freedom does not have a purpose,
When it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women,
When it does not listen to the voice of conscience,
It turns against humanity and society. - Pope John Paul II
#46 During the
Political campaign for a state governor. . .
A TV accusation was made,
"This person is anti-abortion. A vote for him would be a step backward."
Reflection: If anti-abortion is a step backward, what is their basis for opposing abortion?
"Thou shall not kill!"
If freedom to abort an unborn child is a step forward for some, what kind of society do they really want?
#47 It isn't where you came from; it's where you are going that counts. - Ella Fitzgerald
#48 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. - Unknown
#49 When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. - Abraham Maslow
#50 If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. - Albert Einstein
#51 We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned to have to have the life that is waiting for us. - E.M.Forster
#52 Our successes mean nothing to God, while our loyalty to Him means everything. - Rev. F. Corapi
#53 Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein
#54 The greatest
danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that
it is too low and we reach it.
#55 Death can be very
beautiful - like a wedding - if we make it so. Death is still better when
we are conscious and know.
- Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M, Capuchin
#56 We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein
#57 To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi
#58 Count up the joys and not the pains; think not of losses, but of gains; keep the clouds back, gaze at the sun, thus life will smoothly with you run.
Our gifts are more than all our blows, and what is best, we know God knows; and he will send his blessings down, some veiled, but all will hid a crown.
If we could know the meaning grand, in tears that come by God's command, then sweetly should we take the cross, and count as gain what seems a loss.
If only we will wait and pray, then out of night will come the day; and pearls long hid from human sight, will crown our brows with holy light. - Unknown
#59 God believes in atheists. - Unknown
#60 "THAT'S NOT MY
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have!" - Courtesy of Col. Lou Pawlowski
#61 If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, wear work shoes.
#62 When one door of happiness closes, another door opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
#63 A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.
#64 Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, faithful, prudent, longsuffering, strong and never seeking her own; for wherever you seek your, you fall from love. - Thomas a Kempis
#65 God's love is like the River Amazon flowing down to water on daisy.
#66 The more we understand God's love for us, the more love we'll show to others.
#67 There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. - Homer
#68 You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault of your spouse? - Benjamin Franklin
#69 Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. - Mark Twain
#70 Charity opens our hearts to others. When we celebrate Charity, we are able to nurture the world with our thoughtful ways and good deeds. Charity spreads love and kindness. Let Charity open your heart.
#71 Gratitude is characteristic only of the humble. The egotistic are so muc impressed by their own importance that they take everything given them as if it were their due. They have no room in their hearts for recollection of the underserved favors they have received. - Fulton Sheen
#72 "What's right
isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right."
"If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain."
"We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them."
"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
"You can teach more with your life than with your lips."
#73 Prosperity may be a greater test of character than poverty.
#74 Revenge imprisons us; forgiveness sets us free.
#75 Joy is not the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.
#76 No one else can do the work God has for you.
#77 People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
#78 Wise men today worship not only the Child of Bethlehem, but also the Man of Calvary.
#79 Unless we see the cross overshadowing the cradle, we have lost the real meaning of Christ's birth.
#80 If Jesus lives within us, sin need not overwhelm us.
#81 If God can make a tiny seed into a bloom so fair, what can He make, O soul, of you through study, faith and prayer?
#82 "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" - Emma Bombeck
#83 ". . . of all of the dispositions and habits which lead to a political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." - George Washington
#84 "The fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace." - Saint Mother Teresa
#85 No one is entirely useless. Even the worst of us can serve as horrible examples.
#86 Don't get so busy making a living that you don't know what you're living for.
#87 "God takes pleasure in seeing us make little steps and, like a good father holding his child's hand, He will conform His steps to ours, quite happy not to go any faster than we can walk." - Saint Francis de Sales
#88 Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments. - Joan Lunden
#89 One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. - Helen Keller
#90 Humans were made to run on love, and they do not function well on anything else.
#91 "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day." - Abraham Lincoln
#92 Be kind. Every person you meet is fighting a difficult battle."
#93 We must manage earthly affairs with our eyes fixed on heaven. - Saint Francis de Sales
#94 "America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side." - Ronald Wilson Reagan
#95 The true measure of our wealth is the treasure we have in heaven.
#96 Don't be so concerned with your rights that you forget your manners.
#97 A little boy was once told by his mother that it was God who makes people good. He looked up at her and replied, "Yes, I know it is God, but mothers help a lot."
#98 God gave us two ears but only one mouth. Some people say that's because he wanted us to spend twice as much time listening as talking. Others claim it's because He knew listening was twice as hard as talking.
#99 All people smile in the same language.
#!00 A feel may be known by five things; Anger without cause; speech without profit; change without progress; inquiry without object; and mistaking foes for friends. - Arabian Proverb
#101 To forget the elderly is to ignore the wisdom of the years.
#102 It's impossible to laugh and worry at the same time.
#103 The Wise Men were truly wise. Unlike most men, they stopped to ask directions.
#104 "Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow." - Helen Keller
#105 Love is God's will in action.
#106 Don't let the news fool you. There are a lot of fine people in this world, and they do thousands of nice things every day.
#107 Love is a hammer that will break the hardest heart!
#108 Pray to get to
know God, not just to get things from God.
#109 Hold tightly what is eternal; hold lightly what is temporal.
#110 The talents and abilities we call our own are actually gifts to be shared with others.
#111 "There are only
two ways to live one's life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is
as though everything is."
- Albert Einstein
#112 "No man is poor who has a godly mother." - Abraham Lincoln
#113 It is more important to watch how a man lives than to listen to what he says.
#114 Who gossips to you will gossip of you.
#115 A smile is the shortest distance between two people
#116 "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others." - Emily Post
#117 Live today as if you will stand before God tomorrow.
#118 God is greater than our greatest problem.
#119 Never deprive someone of hope, it might be all they have.
#120 Be slow to judge others, but quick to judge yourself.
#121 The more one mortifies his natural inclination, the more he renders himself capable of receiving divine inspirations and of progressing in virtue. - Saint Francis de Sales
#122 Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. - Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister)
#123 Socialism is a lot of fun until you start running out of money. - Margaret Thatcher
#124 Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
#125 The head seeks God, but it is the heart that finds Him.
#126 When we bend our knees to pray, God bends His ear to listen.
#127 A man once stood in prayer, his hearting breaking from the pain and injustice in the world. "Dear God," he cried out, "Look at all the suffering, anguish and distress in the world. Why don't you send help?" God responded, "I did send help. I sent you."
#128 Honor is more important than honors.
#129 Despair of ever teaching citizenship except on the basis of morality, and abandon all hope of ever teaching morality save on the foundation of religion, for the nations without God have never been allowed to endure. - George Washington
#130 Ask God bless your work, but don't expect Him to do it for you.
#131 A person's reputation is precious, but a person's character is priceless.
#132 When I die, God won't measure my head to see how clever I was. God will measure my heart to see how loving I was.
#133 The more we understand God's love for us, the more love we'll show to others.
#134 Poverty of purpose is far worse than poverty of purse.
#135 When you sing your own praise you are always out of tune.
#137 Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the one who has it.
#138 "There is no obedience worth anything which is not the child of love. Obedience which is mechanical and forced is dread. Obedience in the home is the foundation of obedience in the community, for in each instance conscience submits to a trustee of God's authority. Obedience is servility only to those who have not understood the spontaneity of love." - Fulton Sheen
#139 "Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you." - Saint Francis de Sales
#140 Much good can be done if you're not too critical of who gets the credit.
#141 Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair.
#142 "I will have no melancholy or sad spirits in my house. Cheerful people are more easily led to perfection. Persevere in cheerfulness,, for this is the true way to make progress in virtue."
#143 Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. - Mark Twain
#144 Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
#145 You may give without loving, but you can't love without giving!
#146 "Pride is so subtle that if we aren't careful we'll be proud of our humility. When this happens our goodness becomes badness. Our virtues become vices." - Paul Powell
#147 A little boy,
about 10 years old, was standing before a shore-store window, shivering with
cold, looking at the new shoes. On his feet were the remnants of what, was
once a pair of shoes. As his gaze was fixed on the window, a lady walked
up to him and said:
"Young man, why are you staring at that display in the window?"
"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes, " was his reply.
The woman took him by the hand and led him inside the store. Once there, she knelt down, removed his old shoes and socks, dried his feet, and put on new socks and instructed the shoe salesman to fit him for a new pair of shoes.
When everything was paid for and the lady was about to leave, the young boy caught the woman by the hand, looked up into her face, and with tears in his eyes asked:
"Are you God's wife?" - Rev. Dennis Loomis
#148 It is time for us
to reflect on the substantial difference in approaches that we have in our
country versus those who believe in and support terrorist activities:
Where they use Bombs and Bullets, we use Ballots to make our point of view;
Where they count on Chaos and Confusion, we count on the Constitution;
Where they engage in Death and Destruction, we engage in Democracy'
Where they promote Evil and Excess, we promote Elections;
Where they preach Hate and Hurt, we preach Honor;
Where they espouse Lies and Lamentations, we espouse Liberty;
Where they believe in Rampage and Ruin, we believe in Responsibility;
Where they are responsible for Slaying Slaughter, we are responsible for Self-governance.
There is a difference. And we must tell the world about that difference. - R. Doug Lewis
#149 "When one thinks only of God, and confides entirely in Him, trying to serve Him faithfully, God takes care of him. The greater the confidence placed in Him, the greater His care. Nor is there any danger of His care failing, since He has an infinite love for those who trust in Him" - Saint Francis de Sales
#150 One of the worst forms of jam, is made from forbidden fruit.
#151 The Meaning of
The fundamental idea of good is that it consists in preserving life, in favoring it, in wanting to bring it to its highest value, and evil consists in destroying life, doing it injury, hindering its development. - Albert Schweitzer
#152 Some years ago, a Russian cosmonaut, addressing a group of foreign officials, had decided to inject a bit of Communist propaganda into his speech. Describing his voyage into space, he said with a smirk, "I was up there a long time but not once did I see God."
As he paused to let his point sink in, one of the officials jumped up and said, "Ah, but you would have, comrade, if you had just stepped out of your space capsule!" - Ronald Paine
#153 Moral principle is the foundation of law.
#154 He who angers you controls you.
#155 "Without God there is not virtue because there is no prompting of conscience . . . without God there is a coarsening of society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure . . . If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under." - President Ronald Reagan
#156 WORDS WORTH NOTING
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.
#157 VIEW OF AN ASTRONAUT
looks big and beautiful and blue and white!
You can see from the Antarctic to the North Pole and the continental shores.
The earth looks so perfect. There are no strings to hold it up, no fulcrum upon which it rests.
You think of the infinity of space and of the infinity of time.
You feel a little selfish, like you are looking back to earth as God must be looking now and as He must have when
he created it.
I am convinced of God by the order out in space.
- Astronaut Eugene Cernan
#158 A VIEW OF GOVERNMENT
"The government than can do everything for you con do anything to you." - Anonymous
True holiness does not
mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the
Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and
- St. Pope John Paul II
#160 AN EARLY SCHOOL EXPLANATION OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Socialism: You have two cows. You
must give one to your neighbor.
Communism: You have two cows. You must give both cows to the government, and they might give you some of the milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. You must give all of the milk to the government, and the government sells it.
Nazism: You have two cows. The government shoots you and takes both cows.
Anarchism: You have two cows. You keep both of the cows, shoot the government agent and steal another cow.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You decide to sell one cow and buy a bull.
- Ann Landers
#161 We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
#162 Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert H. Schuller
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names
- John F. Kennedy
#164 Storms make trees take deeper roots. - Dolly Parton
#165 To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first - William Shakespeare
is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
- Henry Ford
#167 A Comparative study of Christian Humanism, Secular Humanism, Atheistic Communism
A supreme, transcendent being, able to direct itself by its intellect and will. Through the consent of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, God sent His Son to earth to redeem all. Through His Church and inspiration of the Holy Spirit provides men with the means and helps needed to reach heaven.
The worship of God through the Church established by His son, Jesus Christ, the valid reception of its sacraments, adherence to its rules to love God now and so share in His life forever.
A deliberate and willful thought, word, deed, or omission contrary to the will of God.
1. Conformity with God's
will is the purpose of our life.
2. Love for God is the basis of our concern for human and social welfare.
The person is valuable because of God's redeeming love for each.
Sacred and inalienable.
An agreement between a man and a woman solemnized by the church and recognized by the state. Not to be dissolved. Promotes personal holiness and is the basis of the family.
A teachable body of knowledge
open to God, which, through the discipline of study, broadens the mind to better
understand the truths
A human institution open to God, designed to promote the general welfare and common good of its members.
God - The "will" of the majority of consensus of opinion in society is the highest authority.
Religion - A vehicle by which ideals of right and wrong are developed by society, and passed on to the next generation.
Sin - The feelings of guilt we learn from others.
1. God's role in creation
may or may not be important to society.
2. Desire to insure human rights is the basis of our concern for human and social welfare.
Individual - Person is valuable to society in spite of what he does.
Personal Freedoms - Determined and granted by society.
Marriage - An agreement
between persons, and solemnized by state. Recognized as important but
easily entered into or dissolved.
An aid for self-fulfillment.
Education - Preparation for life, self-fulfillment, and/or service to society.
State - A human institution designed to promote the general welfare and common good of its members.
God - The political or military leader because he holds power over others through the state.
Religion - Meaningless superstitions.
Sin - Leadership determines if an act is right or wrong as it suites their purposes. There is no higher authority.
1. There is no God.
2. The welfare of the state as defined by the state is the purpose of life.
Individual - Person is valuable to the state because of what he does.
Personal Freedoms - None.
Marriage - An agreement solemnized by the state, but a potential threat because of family ties and loyalties which develop.
Education - A body of knowledge, interpreted y the state, presented to the learner so he may better serve the state's purposes.
State - A human institution designed to promote its own purpose first, that of its members secondly.