“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” —Plutarch
These inner battles of the soul to not judge others, to be forgiving and magnanimous in our thoughts,… are huge spiritual victories which deeply affect those around us….none of which is possible without God’s grace!
“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost Sometimes, in life we need to just hang in there and keep going, trusting that God will not give us more than we can handle and will provide a way out.
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” Dorothy Day
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” — Oscar Wilde Difficulties are the golden opportunities that God gives us to show him our love and grow in maturity and self-giving.
“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” Dorothy Day
“It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” Leo Tolstoy
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln
General Grant’s terms of surrender were very merciful. General Lee’s men would not be imprisoned or prosecuted for treason. The Officers were allowed to keep their horses, sidearms, and personal baggage. General Grant also allowed the defeated Confederates to take home their horses and mules to carry out the spring planting and provided Lee with a supply of food rations for his starving army. General Lee said noted that all of this would have a very happy effect among the men and do much toward reconciling the country.
“While wasting our time hesitating and procrastinating, life goes on.” Seneca
Stay focused on the tasks at hand and keep your heart and mind open to not miss a “God moment” or opportunity that God gives for you to grow in holiness!