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Tim McGraw, Marcus Aurelius, Henri Nouwen, Og Mandino, Rabbi Nachman, Jonathan Swift


Dear Readers,

So there I am on the treadmill, walking fast and going nowhere, when Tim McGraw's
great song, "Live Like You Were Dying" comes on. In addition to making me want to
take up bull riding, it reminded me how liberating it is to acknowledge our limited time
on earth! It's like having three incredible chocolate truffles: you eat each one slowly,
savoring the creaminess thoughtfully, letting the chocolate thrill your taste buds!
But if you were gifted with two pounds of truffles every single day, you'd scarf 'em
down whenever you felt like it and probably go days without bothering to eat any.

We begin dying the day we're born. We don't know how many chocolate truffles
(read: metaphor for days) we've been given. If we deeply savor each one and
treat those people in our lives accordingly, our days will be rich and yummy...
and we'll better live lives of profound love.

- Lisa

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cathedral arch in Lucca, italy
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Is it selfish to pray for yourself? Some people think that it is,
and say that you should pray only for others, but this,
of course, is a foolish idea.

You must pray for yourself constantly. How could it be other-
wise? We worship God by believing in Him, trusting Him,
and loving Him wholeheartedly--and we can attain to that
only through prayer. The sole object of our being here
is that we may grow like him--and we can do that
only through prayer.

The more we pray for ourselves the mor power will our
prayers will have for any other purposed whatever;
so praying for ourselves is the reverse of self-
ishness--it is truly glorifying God.

Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1952


Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.
Preserve my life, for I am loyal;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; pity me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant;
to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving,
most loving to all who call on you.

Psalm 86:1-5
New American Bible

door in Assisi, Italy
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Prayer is an invitation to God to intervene in our lives, to let
His will prevail in our affairs; it is the opening of a window to
Him in our will, an effort to make Him the Lord of our soul.
We submit our interests to His concern, and seek
to be allied with what is ultimately right.

Excerpted from "Between God and Man,"
by Abraham J. Heschel
Free Press Paperbacks, 1997


The more of God we know, the greater becomes our
capacity for God. We are capax infiniti, born with
a limitless capacity for the limitless God. So,
the closer we are drawn into the holiness of
God, the greater is our capacity for God.

Excerpted from "Housing Heaven's Fire,"
by John C. Haughey, S. J.
Loyola Press, 2002

The Last Word:

Father, thank You for Your promise to guide me
in all things great and small. Your eye is always
on me, keeping me from error and ensuring that
I can always find a way home to You. Amen.

From "Whispers of Encouragement,"
Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2009































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Seize the moment. Remember all those women
who waved off the dessert on the Titanic.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
American humorist and author


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