From Mahatma Gandhi

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Through Seasons of the Heart

“Somehow I feel sure that the most direct route to religious experience is to ask for the grace to give, to share, to console another, to bandage a hurting wound, to lift a fallen human spirit, to mend a quarrel, to search out a forgotten friend, to dismiss a suspicion and replace it with trust, to encourage someone who has lost faith, to let
someone who feels helpless do a favor for me, to keep a promise, to bury an old
grudge, to reduce my demands on others, to fight for a principle, to express gratitude, to overcome a fear, to appreciate the beauty of nature, to tell others I love them, and then to tell them again.”

– John Powell, S.J. , Through Seasons of the Heart

Seasons of Love

“Seasons of Love” is from the Broadway musical “Rent.” The lyrics speak of how we measure a year of life & they come to the conclusion that the only way to do so is in seasons of love. As we come closer to the end of the season of Christmas (Day 9) and edge closer to the season of Epiphany, it is good to look back and forward for we all have something in common – we have all experienced 525,600 minutes in 2010. How did you measure those days? How much love did God measure in sending his son to the stable in Bethlehem? As the song says “know that love is a gift from up above.” How do you plan to measure your days in 2011?

ALL
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

JOANNE
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

COLLINS
In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

ALL
It’s time now to sing out,
Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

JOANNE
Oh you got to got to Remember the love! remember the love,
You Measure in love know that love is a gift from up above Seasons of love.
Share love, give love spread love Measure measure your life in love.

– posted at Spiritually Directed blog

Chinese Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

– Chinese Proverb

A New Year’s Blessing Prayer

A New Year’s blessing prayer
From Edward Hays:

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year’s Day
upon Your gift to us of time.
Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us
to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become time lovers.

Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks, and months,
of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts —
all our special days of remembering.
May these servants, our calendars,
once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests,
now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
as they teach us the secret
that all life
is meant for celebration
and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year,
each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord,
the new year’s gift
of a year of love.

Amen.

(From Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home)

A New Year’s Prayer

A New Year’s Prayer

Dear Lord, please give me
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has real value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humor;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
Amen.

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Give To Your People

Lord, revive us!
All our help must come from you.
Give to your people your love,
Your confidence,
Your holy daring,
Your consecration,
Your liberality,
Your obedience,
Your holiness.
Walking among the golden candlesticks,
Trim every lamp and make every light, even those that burn feebly now,
Shine out gloriously through Your Spirit.

– C.H. Spurgeon

To Be A Christian

To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing…

– Cornel West posted at A Still Life

God Is Present

Life is fragile. Time is fleeting. God is present.

– An Orientation of Heart

Seek Joy

Seek Joy, in all the dark corners, in all the uncertainty, in all the worries & in all the mishaps, seek joy & it will enliven your heart. Why seek joy? Shouldn’t it just happen, just be? Why do I have to do all the work, why do I have to chase it?

If you want joy in your life, if you want to feel good, uplift others, enjoy your work and your loved ones, meet new people, ponder new possibilities and experience all the best that life has to offer, you must decide you will seek joy.

Seeking is not chasing, it is not desperate and it is not angry. Seeking is intentionally keeping your radar up, your eyes open and your energies open and receptive. To find joy in each moment, in places and experiences you have not before, then you must look for it and know in your heart it is there.

Seeking joy is making a commitment to a life of happiness, fulfillment, adventure, exploration and amazement. You will not love every experience, but that is why you tried it…. just to see if you would like it, to see if it held any joy, expansion for you.

Joy is a ladder and it is your own personal ladder, that allows you to reach heights in love, wealth, health and experience you have only dreamed of. When you make it important to seek joy, see it, find it, feel it and enjoy it, you will be amazed at the world that is before you.

Make a commitment to yourself that you will, at all time, have the dominant intent to see, feel and enjoy JOY in all circumstances. Your intention to experience it will highlight it. It will stand out and you will find each day, more and more opportunities to feel good wherever you are, whatever you are doing!

– Nan Akasha, Seek Joy at Create Your Own Reality Blog