When little things would irk me,
and I grow impatient with my dear ones,
make me know how in a moment,
joy can take its flight,
and happiness can be quenched in endless night.
Keep this thought with me all the livelong day,
that I may guard the harsh words that I might say,
when I would fret and grumble,
fiery hot at trifles that tomorrow are forgot.
Let me remember, Lord, how it would be,
if these my loved ones,
were not here with me.
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
We thank thee and pray that thy gifts to us be used for others.
As we approach the holidays Dear, God Let us note that some of us have grown defensive. We rationalize the way we act rather than being honest. As long as we excuse we can’t find help. But help us see our needs and admit thy forgiveness.
Be Patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. Do not be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall. Daily make a new beginning; there is not better means of progress in the spiritual life than to be continually beginning afresh, and never to think that we have done enough. St. Francis De Salesp>
I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze, A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease, I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert, He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many have died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free. I heard the sounds of taps one night. When everything was still I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.
No, freedom isn’t free.
“If others know that a person can be relied upon to speak honestly, to act in times of crisis, to contribute with generosity, to use wisdom in making decisions, and to be faithful to family and friends - that person has earned respect”.
* No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is won’t make you cry.
* A true friend is someone who reached for your hand and touches your heart.
* To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
* Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.
* Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
...We, here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the years; and shame and disgrace will be ours, if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.
If on this new continent we merely build another country of great, but unjustly divided material prosperity, we shall have done nothing, and we shall do as little if we merely set the greed of envy, against the greed of arrogance, and thereby destroy the well-being of all of us.