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Monday, 21 November 2016 08:49

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, November 21, 2016

Every choice matters

by Ralph Marston

Reality is what it is, and wishing or pretending for it to be different accomplishes nothing. Yet what you do with reality is up to you, and can make all the difference in the world.

Your perspective, the way you see things, does not itself change anything. However it is that very perspective that inspires and enables you to make valuable, significant changes.

No matter how the situation is, you can be optimistic about it. Because you have the opportunity to do something good with it.

Past experiences and trends can provide valuable guidance for the future. Yet the future depends much more on what gets done than on what has already happened.

Every day, every action, every thought determines how the future unfolds. From the reality of what is, you can create an even better, more fulfilling reality.

Every choice matters. Today, make the choices that make your future bright.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Monday, 14 November 2016 08:47

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, November 14, 2016

Get great things done

by Ralph Marston

You might not feel your best today but that doesn’t prevent you from being your best. The more you give of yourself, the better you’ll feel.

Reach inside, draw upon the strength that’s always there, and take another step forward. With gratitude for all the good you’ve known and all the good you know is to come, push forward.

See the precise reality of your world just as it is, with no illusions. And see within that reality opportunities, possibilities, hope, and a multitude of reasons to move forward.

You don’t have to deceive yourself in order to be optimistic. You just have to apply yourself, and experience the power of your own intention as it drives your efforts.

You don’t have to land yourself in the perfect situation in order to achieve. You just have to be able to work with commitment and persistence, with whatever you have.

Don’t waste another day with excuses, procrastination, self-pity or doubt. Get up, get moving, get focused and get a lot of great things done.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:55

Giving Tuesday

Good Morning Everyone!  Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is participating in #weGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday, Northeast Ohio's first-ever online day of Catholic giving!  This will take place on Nov. 29 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Your generous support will make a difference in our efforts to make necessary Shrine improvements.  As you know Shrine maintenance and improvements are very expensive and your help is needed.  On November 29, 2016 your gift will help us receive extra funds for improvements.  All the gifts you make to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine as listed on on November 29 will increase our options in making needed repairs.  As always, we thank you for the help that you already give us, and ask you support in this newest endeavor.  
God bless you,

Sr. Phyllis Ann, O.SS.T.


Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 08:45

November - Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
November 4, 2016

If you have been shopping lately you will hear “the sounds of Christmas” playing in the background and see signs reminding us of the “countdown to Christmas.” While that is fun, and you might find yourself humming “Jingle Bell Rock,” how about just enjoying the present moment? We have countdowns all around us for everything, sports seasons, championship runs, election results. You name it we have it, but let’s put everything in perspective. We look up and see the beautiful leaves. Some of us look forward to giving thanks for the gifts God has given. Yes, some of us are making plans to get ready for Christmas, but let’s focus on the countdown to the birth of Christ. Perhaps if we make that our priority life might slow down around us and all those other countdowns won’t mean as much. Yes, of course some are important, but compare those material things with Christ. Which one is really, more important?

Ecclesiastes 3:1,11-14 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. God has made everything beautiful in its time, also he has put eternity into man’s mind… I know that there is nothing better for them to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live… I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added or taken from it.

Lord, master of the universe, you have made all of nature. You have made all of us to live and show your love. Help us to stay in the moment for you are found there. Help us to go forward with the plans that you have us.

Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd, Euclid, Ohio. See the beautiful nature that God has given us. Share some fellowship on Sundays, Nov. 6th, Dec. 4th., Feb.5th and March 5th for 8:00 AM mass followed by a French Toast Breakfast, tickets $5 with a mini craft fair.

Monday, 07 November 2016 10:39

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, November 7, 2016

Follow through on inspiration

by Ralph Marston

It’s good to be inspired, but merely being inspired is not enough. Get inspired, and then follow through on that inspiration.

Inspiration without action is wasted. Not only that, but with no action the inspiration itself soon turns sour.

Don’t waste the inspiration and don’t waste the opportunity. Do the hard work, take the difficult actions, meet the challenges with inspired effort.

Let inspiration lead you to take the first step. Keep renewing and refreshing that inspiration as you persist through every effort.

When you add action to inspiration, you get even more inspiration. And, you get results.

Get yourself inspired, then do something with that inspiration by acting on it. Discover how very far your inspired effort will take you.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Monday, 31 October 2016 12:05

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, October 31, 2016

Mental momentum

by Ralph Marston

Which direction is your mental momentum headed? Are your thoughts joining together to support you or to hinder you?

Life has its ups and downs, its possibilities and problems. Which aspects are you focusing most of your mental energy around?

You’re constantly creating elaborate scenarios about life that exist solely in your mind. Those scenarios, that mental momentum, can push your real-world life in a variety of directions.

If you seek to gather evidence that all of life is against you, you’ll find it in abundance. Negative mental momentum will lend a destructive, neglectful, dejected flavor to all you do.

Choose instead to construct a scenario around the positive possibilities. Be thankful for the best that has been, imagine the best that can happen, and continue using the power of your thoughts to add details and substance.

Your actions, your effectiveness, your results are influenced by the mental state you’re in. Maintain positive mental momentum and the benefits will flow to every part of your life.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at


Monday, 24 October 2016 14:06

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, October 24, 2016

Positive contribution to the future

by Ralph Marston

Look beyond the desires of the moment. Turn your attention toward the long-term desires, plans, hopes, dreams for your life.

Stop being such a slave to whatever you want right now. Free yourself to be the master of what your life is like tomorrow, next month, five years from now.

In twenty minutes, the latest buzz will have already been forgotten. Yet what you garner from a good book or a heartfelt conversation will stay with you for twenty years.

Use right now to make a positive contribution to the future, your future, the world’s future. Take the actions today that will have the biggest benefits later, and you improve both the present and the future.

What you grab quickly goes away quickly. Yet what you patiently, persistently give to life grows more valuable as time goes on.

Breathe in the beauty, wonder, abundance and opportunity of now. With your actions, direct all that energy toward creating an even better future.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:38

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, October 17, 2016

Gift of achievement

by Ralph Marston
Decide right now to make this commitment. Promise yourself that in one hour you’ll look back on the previous hour with great satisfaction.

Schedule yourself, just an hour from now, to be grateful and excited about what you’ve just done. Then get busy and create that positive moment.

Give yourself the gift of achievement. Watch yourself, feel the satisfaction, as you get good things done.

Experience the power of your own focus. Stay centered on the specific difference you’ve chosen to make.

Boost your confidence, your optimism, your attitude and your effectiveness. Invest the next hour becoming a more positive and accomplished version of you.

That investment begins paying dividends immediately, and for a long time to come. Make the commitment, do the work, and enjoy the rewards you’re already earning.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Monday, 10 October 2016 09:44

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, October 10, 2016

Enthusiasm and energy

by Ralph Marston

Your life deserves all the enthusiasm and energy you can give it. So without waiting another moment, give it, and keep giving it.

Be a positive presence in your own life, your own thoughts, your own actions. Be a positive influence for people and situations you encounter.

Imagine the best that can happen, and then take vigorous steps in that direction. Visualize pure, unrestrained joy and then let that joy emerge from your vision out into your life.

Let go of the tired old thought patterns that keep you feeling worried and hesitant. Think of what it would mean right now to live with boldness and enthusiasm, then do it.

Your time is too precious to let even a few moments slip away without putting all of yourself into them. The possibilities are too splendid to ignore.

You have the power to energize your whole world. Activate that power, create that energy, and do all the great things today you know you can do.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Friday, 07 October 2016 14:02


The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, October 3, 2016

Creative ideas

by Ralph Marston
Ideas flow into your awareness. Pay attention, and give them some respect.

The ideas you create come from the life you live, from the problems you encounter, from the values you hold. That makes them quite valuable and appropriate for you.

Don’t discount ideas just because they come from you, or just because they seem silly. Though they won’t all be workable, each one has something to tell you.

You are a highly creative being. And your creativity is specifically targeted to your own unique situation.

Creativity is not just about directing films or painting pictures. Creativity helps you in every moment to make the most of life.

Accept those creative ideas as they flow into your awareness. Grab the good ones and follow through, adding great beauty and goodness to your world.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

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