"Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." -Lao Tzu

I have found over the course of my journey that people and information are limited by design. It's healthy to supplement research and support with spiritual means. For me this means investing time in my Catholic faith community, prayer, reading and journaling.


"Life is 10% what happens to young 90% how you react."-Charles R. Swindle

"Everyone spends his own life always anxious about what will occur and bored with what he has, on the contrary, the one who devotes every moment of his time to his own growth, the one who organizes each day as if it were his whole life, he neither waits with hope for tomorrow, nor fears it."-Seneca

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."
-Carl Rogers

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family."-Mother Teresa

"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be."-Sonia Ricotta

"It is important not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love."-St. Teresa of Avila

"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God"-Philippians 4:6-7

"True contentment is not having everything, but in being satisfied with everything you have."
-Oscar Wilde

"This too shall pass."

"The more a soul trusts, the more (Mercy) it will receive."-Jesus to St. Faustia

"Mommy, you are kind, you are smart and you are important."-Christine, Age 3

"One day you will long for this (early years)."-Ms. Donna

"Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God,
finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices."
-St. Teresa of Avila

Some Definite Service
God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place, while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.
-John Henry Cardinal Newman

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit
Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within us with your light.
Replace the winter within us with your spring.
Straighten our crookedness.
Fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride.
Sharpen the edge of our humility.
Light the fires of our love.
Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as you see us
That we may see You.

Father, sometimes I find it so hard to pray, “thy will be done.” I ask for the courage and humility to open my hands to you and surrender my life, my will, and even my children to you. Help me to trust that you love me infinitely, that you are good, and that you work all things together for my good, my sanctification, and my salvation. I ask for a spirit of acquiescence like the Holy Mother, that I may say yes to you in all things, even when I am disappointed, sorrowful, or afraid.  Make yourself known in my yes, Father, and I may rest in the knowledge that my yes, united to yours, can only bring forth life. Amen.



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