Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sometimes When We Give To Others

Sometimes when we give to others, the blessings flow back to us in such abundance that it takes our breath away.  Such a thing happened to me this weekend- my sons bringing me an envelope filled with old newspaper clippings, prayers, and inspirations, from a neighbor, who had been collecting them on my behalf- knowing that, right now, amongst my many moments of joy, are times of deep, deep worry.  I read this one over and over.  Maybe you could use it too. 

Enjoy.

How Much More Will The Father Give


1) Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
2) Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance:  I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
3) Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
4) Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
5) Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.
6) Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
7) Only for today, I will do at least one thing that I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
8) Only for today, I will make a plan for myself:  I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it.  And I will be on guard against two evils:  hastiness and indecision.
9) Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
10) Only for today, I will have no fears, in particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness.  Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life. 


Blessed John XXIII

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