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Monday, January 28, 2008

 

Paradox of limits


When we come to accept our limits, we realize that our potential is limitless." (from Malou)


Thursday, January 24, 2008

 

Txt msgs


Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”- John of the Cross


 

It's okay to be poor (but with God)


Lord, it's okay for me now to be poor and unsung and un-achieving. You've been as poor most of your earthly life anyway.

As long as I love and am loved, I'm okay, I'm happy and satisfied.

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"If you have God alone and you want more, you are greedy."- St. Augustine (from Malou)


Sunday, January 13, 2008

 

The paradox of traveling


(Tourism vs. introspection)

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. St. Augustine (via Malou)


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

 

"Twelve pillars in living a full life"


I found this while dusting off my old stuff. The guidelines sound so simple, even simplistic, that it's very easy to dismiss them as stating the obvious.

1. Be honest with your self. Avoid the temptation of self-delusion.
2. Be in touch with your feelings and develop your sense of insights. Listen and be attentio to what the person means, not merely on what he says.

3. Widen your horizon and interest. Stretch your mind by reading, talking, and listening. Be creative. Establish and deepen relationships.

4. Get beyond fault-finding. Persons don't like accusations and incriminations. They want to hear what they can do about their weaknesses and mistakes.

5. Focus on the positive. Emphasize points of agreement without denying the differences.

6. Confront problems; don't evade them. Growth can only come through encountering and facing reality squarely.

7. Write out plan of actions. Positive actions depend on clear thinking and writing helps a lot in achieving it.

8. Keep priorities. Focus on main issues. Don't be misled by detials and non-essentials.

9. Don't oversimplify. Life is not black and white but different shades of gray.

10. Keep an open mind. Best solutions may not be your solution, so see also others' perpectives.

11. Retain your sense of humor. Humor can reduce pains and tensions. It can restore your sanity in moments of crises.

12. Pray for the right solution to life's problems. God alone is the source of good things, right desires and just works.


 

Txts msgs


There is no pit too deep that God isn't deeper still.- Betsie ten Boom (from Malou)

Real power comes from our powerlessness before our loving God. The more we recognize our helplessness, the more He empowers us to endure by His grace. - Malou

I will never say I can win over temptation. What I'll say is I am afraid of temptation. - Mel


Thursday, January 03, 2008

 

What is prayer?


"Praying is not thinking much loving much; do then what spurs you most to love." - St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (from Imee)

"My secret is a very simple one: I pray. To pray to Christ is to love Him." - Mother Teresa (from Malou)


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

 

The Lord's message, 2008


(Community message)

"Liten to Me, and by My spirit, do the work I entrust to you."


 

The paradox of loving myself


"The more I am loved, the more I despise myself. For I realize just how flawed I am and how far I have to go to have God's character, which is true love at its fullness." (?) (from Malou)


 

Txt msgs


How generous of God, granting us another year, to prosper, to win a heart, to right a wrong, to make things better, and to live life to the fullest. Happy New Year! (from Annie)

"The old is gone, the new has come!" 2Cor. 5:17. Jesus says, "Behold I make all things new." Thank you for being a part of my transformation. God will make things better for us in 2008. (from Rollie)

"The child is innocence and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a first motion, a sacred yes." Nietzsche. Say yes to a new beginning. (from Gelo)

Sa bawat taon may bagong dumarating, may umaalis, may nagpapasaya, may nakaksakit, may nakakatampuhan, may tumutulong, may nagmamalasakit, may nakikiramay, may nagmamahal at may nananatiling tunay na kaibigan.. Ano man ang naging papel mo sa buhay ko, maraming salamat at nandyan kat a naging mahalagang bahagi ng buhay ko upang ako ay maging ako. Sana muli sa taong ito! Mapagpalang 2008. (from Alvin)

The happiest people are those who have invested their time in others. The unhappiest are those who wondered how the wolrd will make them happy. Invest wiely this 2008. Happy New Year! (from Waldy)

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Christmas is God's doing, not ours. God, without ceasing to be God, is now human in Jesus -- on eof us. To be truly human is to be like Jesus. Merry Christmas! (from Joseph)

As the Lord came in the flesh, He must have manifested himself through His people. Thanks for being 'Jesus' to me a lot of times. (from Malou)

Tonight, Mary gives brith to God. May humility, mother of virtues, give birth to Christ in our lives, actively witnessing with a repenant and faithful heart. MARY CHRISTmas.

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As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. When I'm around someone who is living at a higher level than I am spiritually, it makes me want to commit myself more deeply and continue my walk with God. Prov. 17:17 (from Malou)

We miss people, we miss doing what we usuall ydo, we miss work, we miss friends, we miss a lot of what is usual and what is common. Isn't it so beautiful how God arranges our lives? In life the strength of the weak manifests its power and the endless river of mercy flows to keep the soul alive. (from Malou)

In the chase between Cat and Mouse, the Mouse mostly wins because the Cat is running for its food and the mouse for its life. Purpose is more important than need. (from Gorgeous)


God is good, for beyond the darkness, He gives us light, beyond our nightmares, he gives us dreams, beyond our tears, He gives us comfort. With this new day that he has provided, let us thank Him even if our plans failed and our expectations not reached. For beyond these things is God's embrace saying, "My child, the path I have laid for you is just beyond the corner. Take my hand and just have faith." (from Malou)

Our greatet fear is a wasted life and our greatest hope is a purposeful life. (from Malou)

If you wanna know how much God loves you, try to catch the raindrops . The one you catch is how much you love God and the one you miss is how much He loves you. (from Malou)

If you let yourself be stressed, you get pimples. If you cry, you get wrinkles. SO why not smile and get dimples? (from Maam Tets)

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. -Martin Luther King (from Mel)

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. - Scandinavian saying

Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to realize what you are climbing for. Obstacles were put in our way to see if what we want is really worth fighting for. From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, 'I survived.'" (from J.)

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From: "Allowing the painful past to become wounds that heal" by Keith A. Fournier

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right ahnd will hold me fast. Ps. 139 (from Joseph)

Church entrance notice: Dear Parishoners: Please don't leave your bags, wallets, and cell phones unattended. Others might think those are the answers to their prayers." (from Joseph)

No love, no friendship could ever cross our path without affecting us in some ways forever. Keep the Encounter Spirit burning! (from J.)


 

Staurophobia


Staurophobia - fear of the cross (of Christ) - according to Bishop Fulton Sheen

(via Malou)


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