that I might achieve;
I was made weak
that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health
that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity
that I might do better things.
I asked for riches
that I might be happy;
I was given poverty
that I might be wise.
I asked for power
that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness
that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things
that I might enjoy life;
I was given life
that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken
prayers were answered;
I am among all men,
most richly blessed.
-Unknown Confederate soldier
--I received this in response to yesterday's
edition, which included the 91st Psalm.
Gene Donaldson fought in the Pacific during
World War II. I decided to share it because
he's 'been there.' And because he's my dad.
"It was nice to see the 91st psalm get some ink today. I believe I have told
you that at one time I memorized it. During my service time, and espe-
four-man crew on an anti-aircraft gun. But I called on a couple of sections
of old Psalm 91 to help me keep my calm. You can bet each one of us
was reaching for some comfort."
O Tender Father,
you gave me more, much more
than I ever thought to ask for.
can never really match
what you long to give us.
and again thanks, O Father,
for having granted my petitions, and that which I never realized I needed
or petitioned. Amen.
The second woman to be declared
a doctor of the Catholic Church.
And now the Last Word:
with one of three possible answers:
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