Today's Thought Archive


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Things we can do

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do. ”

― Hermann Hesse

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Happy New Year

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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The Christmas Crib

The child disarms us, bringing us together in a new and powerful way. It is no accident that the child is the centre at Christmas, and it is no accident that we feel bound together to other people at this time of year. For it is at this time of the year that Mary gave birth. We find ourselves focusing on a child and giving birth to new possibilities among us.

- John Shea

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Repentance

Advent is a time we remember God’s gift to us in Jesus. Maybe it will free our gifts to become contributions to the well-being of the human community, not power plays over and against each other. Of all the prayers of Advent, one of the best is to pray that your gifts enhance life and not diminish it.

- John Shea

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Kindness

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.

- Albert Einstein

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Repent

Repentance is the response to grace that overcomes the past and opens out to a new future. Repentance distinguishes Christian life as one of struggle and conversion and pervades it, not with remorse, but with hope. The message of Jesus in not “Repent”, but “Repent for the Kingdom of God is near.”

- John Shea