Thursday, March 10, 2011

Another Consideration for Lent

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Monk's Mission

I came across this quote from Thomas Merton and thought readers of this blog would appreciate it.

"The monk is not defined by his task, his usefulness; in a certain sense he is to be useless, because his mission is not to do this or that job but to be a man of God."

In the midst of your doing for God, don't forget to simply be for God.