"In the imposition of hands during ordination, the Lord said to me, 'You are under the protection of my hands. You   are under the protection of my heart...Stay in my hands and give me yours.'" -- Benedict XVI

 "In dwelling, live close to the ground. 
  In thinking, stay with the simple. 
  In conflict, be fair and generous. 
  In governing, don't desire to control. 
  In work, do what you enjoy. 
  In family, be completely present." -- Lao Tzu.  

"And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart & there find Him. For He departed; and behold. He is here!" -- St. Augustine.   

"One should never wish to be free from falling. The value of learning from our old mistakes is very great." -- Meister Eckhart. Both the fall & the recovery are grace.

Rest now faithful shepherd of souls! You have blessed so many! You have warmed many hearts! as you return to your room alone and tired, be at peace with the one and only Good have served Him well!

"The time spent by a priest in prayer and listening to Scripture is never time lost to pastoral care or time withheld from others. People sense whether the workor words of their pastor spring from prayer or are fabricated at his desk."-- Pope Benedict XVI. 

"Joseph said to his brothers, It was really for d sake of saving lives that
God sent me here ahead of you."(Gen 45:5)
Let us pray...Lord use whatever happened in d past to bring to completion Your good work in our lives. Teach me to rely on d transformative power of forgiveness & resiliency to generate success from failure. Amen!

Apologizing does not mean that you are wrong and the other person is right.....It simply means that you value the relationship more than YOUR ego..

"If our foot slips, we can always recover our BALANCE; but when our tongue slips, we can no longer recover our WORDS."

"I finally came to love my priesthood in the confessional box. It was here that I discovered that ordination brings us close to people just when they feel farthest from God"-Timothy Radcliffe.OP

"Every evening I turn over my worries to God. He's going to be up all night anyway." ~Mary C. Rowley. He not only stays up all night, He walks on the water!

"There is no such thing as good luck and bad luck; only blessings and blessings-in-disguise." ~Anonymous. For anything God allows, God also provides.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." ~Mohandas Gandhi. That is what it means to be whole and holy.

There is no "Daang Matuwid" without God. If this "Daang Matuwid" does not lead to God, it is a dead end street. The "Daang Matuwid" starts from and endsin and is accompanied by God. Without God, the "Daang Matuwid" is another crooked way that just looks straight.

Very short but very apt line from a bishop to his beloved priests: " Hurt me with the truth, but never comfort me with a lie."

"Do as adversaries do in LAW--- strive mightly, but eat & drink as friends." ~William Shakespeare. Be wary of taking things too personally. Blend zeal with love..

"Sometimes the most loving answer is NO." ~Leslie, age 12 from 'Wit and Wisdom from the Peanut Butter Gang.' There are times it takes more guts to say NO.

"When God wants you to walk a rocky road, He provides you with good shoes." ~Ancient Celtic Proverb. With the burden always comes abundant grace to bear it.

"The best revenge is to be unlike him who inflicted the injury."~Marcus Aurelius.It isn't only the most effective way of getting even, it is the most eloquent!

Issa S. wrote: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." - Mohandas Gandhi

"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I am helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, walking and sleeping. It doesn'tchange God. Prayer changes me." ~C.S. Lewis in the film Shadowlands.

When with yourself watch your thoughts...
When with others watch your speech!

"When you stop giving and offering something to the world, it's time to turn out the lights." ~George Burns. Behind the crisis the world faces is greed.

"People want the front of a tour bus, the back of the church and the center of attention." ~Giovanni. The games the ego plays become more subtle every time.:)

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives he habitually uses in conversation." ~Mark Twain. The tongue moves from the abundance of the heart.

"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age." ~Victor Hugo. Live by the wisdom of this truth: Everything passes, nothing remains the same. The flesh will be given to the worms!

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single talent left & would say - I used everything You gave me." ~Erma Bombeck.

"The goal is to make the ego as strong but as small as possible." ~Carl G. Jung. Drive the ego into a corner & reduce it to its lowest terms. Viva Cristo Rey!

"Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it." ~Benjamin Franklin. When you know how to be content, you know what being rich means.

"An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you cannot buy that inch of time with an inch of gold." ~Chinese Proverb. Know when to do and when to stop doing.

"An important part of praying is a willingness to be part of the answer."--Mary prayed and obeyed! Ave Maria!

Look at the fish in the sea. Even if they lived long on salty water, they never absorb the taste of salt....Remaining pure in a polluted world is difficult, "...but a heart filled with the Spirit of GOD, leaves no room for pollution." James 1:27

We can make a difference! "Because of His boundless love, He became what we are in order that He might make us who He is." ~St Ireneaus. 

"I could never be afraid of a God who made Himself so small for love of me." ~St Therese. In Jesus, God comes as God with us & God for us.

"If according to the flesh, Christ had only one Mother; according to faith, all souls give birth to Christ."~St Ambrose. We can give birth to Jesus now...!

"Love is not blind--it sees more and not less, but because it sees more, it is willing to see less"-- Will Moss. Love covers a multitude of faults.

"Water is fluid, soft & yielding. But water can wear away rock. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft & yielding will eventually overcome whatever is rigid& hard. What is soft is strong." ~Lao Tzu. Be like water. Flow!

'Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.'~Lao-tzu.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read & write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn & relearn". ~Alvin Toffler. Be 'literate'!

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."~Martin Luther King, Jr. Give your best and God will take care of the rest!