Friday, April 18, 2008

Thoughts to Ponder Today

Sometimes the Lord blurs our vision of the good things we have done with a single failure that we don't even intend to do, in order to keep our feet on the ground.

I always teach my students that God can write straight with crooked lines. And that from whatever mistake (and even sin) that we have done, God can draw something good. Yet, sometimes it really takes one concrete experience for teachers to learn -- and relearn -- their lessons.

"Whatever happens, happens for a reason", as a famous saying goes. And it is a challenge for everyone to discover what that reason may be. But for sure, it must be something for the good of those persons involved. As St. Paul said: "Everything works for the good of those who love the Lord."

Now, here are thoughts that could really make one ponder:

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be
shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may
be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have
and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

In one's fight, hundreds of victories may be outnumbered by one single failure.

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"Sacerdotes, 'consagrados en la Verdad'"

Estar inmersos en la Verdad, en Cristo, de este proceso forma parte
la oración, en la que nos ejercitamos en la amistad con Él y aprendemos a
conocerle: su forma de ser, de pensar, de actuar. Rezar es un caminar en
comunión personal con Cristo, exponiendo ante Él nuestra vida cotidiana,
nuestros logros y nuestros fracasos, nuestras fatigas y nuestras alegrías -es un
simple presentarnos a nosotros mismos ante Él. Pero para que esto no se
convierta en un autocontemplarse, es importante que aprendamos continuamente a
rezar rezando con la Iglesia.