A Helping Hand

 

The first to help you up are the ones who know what it’s like to fall down.

-from The First Gift

Strengthened From Within

 

Struggle can build character or wrestle it down a dark and dingy road, but I believe that faith and the warmth of good people around us…and good choice…strengthen the person within, the one God designed, the person he wants us to be.

-from The First Gift

Mystery of Love

 

“Oh, Jesus—my breath, my life—today, trembling, I raise you—in a mystery of love—may I be for the world with you—the Way, the truth, the life—and for you, may I be a holy priest—a perfect victim.”

 -from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

 

Communion With Others

 

 

 

This, to me, is what ministry and mission are all about. Ministry is entering with our human brokenness into communion with others and speaking a word of hope.

 

-from Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit

 

Jesus Is My Nourishment

 

How happy I am with Jesus! How gentle is His spirit! But I become confused, and can only cry and repeat: Jesus, my nourishment! What afflicts me most is the fact that so much love from Jesus is repaid with ingratitude.

 - from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

 

 

On Fire for Jesus

 

 My heart beats very fast whenever I am with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It sometimes seems to me that it will leap out of my chest. Sometimes, at the altar, I feel as if my whole being were on fire; I cannot describe it to you. My face, especially, seems to want to go up in flames.

- from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

 

Removing Selfishness

 

Selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by love.
–James Allen

-from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I

Thirsting for Fullness

 

 

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.  
–St. John Paul II

 -from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I

 

Seek First God's Kingdom

 

 We’re called to seek first God’s kingdom. Jesus, once again, continually reminds us that if we want to save our life we must lay it down and put others first. As followers of Christ, we believe we are in the world but not of the world; we like to think that we have our priorities in order.

-from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I

The Beginning of Prayer

 

It’s best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still so that God may speak. God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

-from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I