Readings …

Unknown-1– Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands and I bring for your healing the people and situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me and living the present to the full. Lead me always to be positive as I “entrust to past to your mercy, the present to your love and the future to your providence” (St. Augustine).

– For all Western society’s promise of material happiness and fulfilment the record sales of antidepressants and rates of suicide and mental illness prove that something is seriously amiss. [Taming the Black Dog, Kevin Donnelly]

– Heaven is where nobody is old and nobody wears glasses. [Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo]

– I could have burst into tears when my mother told me she couldn’t bear her own company. In other words she never found inner contentment. Its not a matter of being pleased with yourself it’s to do with self reliance. It’s tragic to come to the end of your life and not have found real contentment. [Margaret Olley]

– Simple is better than complicated, quiet is better than noisy, what is close at hand is better than what has to be sought. [Margaret Olley]

– Pope Francis has not changed the lyrics but he has changed the melody. [Cardinal Sean O’Malley OFM Cap]

– Try to exclude the possibility of suffering and you find that you have excluded life itself. [C.S. Lewis]

– The biggest mistake that most of us make about God, the one that most consistently undermines our peace of soul, is the idea that God demands a lot of us, more than a fragile being like ourselves could ever give. Such a God is frightening. But God in reality is content with the little we can give, because God knows – and accepts – the little that we have. We need to do just three things: Do the best we can to find and honour God in everything we do. Do whatever – however little – we can to live this way. Let God do the rest. If we follow these simple rules, we will possess God. And possessing God, we will not be disturbed, we will not be anxious, for we will have no need to fear a God who never asks of us more than we can give. [St. Francis de Sales]

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