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Monday, 30 October 2017 08:39

Motivational Monday 10-30-17

Choose your thoughts

Your thoughts are powerful. Put their power on your side.

You can think your way into despair, or you can think your way into joyous enthusiasm. You can think your way into being annoyed and distracted, or focused and effective.

Every thought you think is a choice you make. Choose the thoughts that serve you best, and avoid the temptation to choose anything less.

In choosing what to think about anything, you’re setting the stage for what you choose to do about it. In this way your thoughts have great leverage, so make good use of that leverage.

Use your thoughts to envision all the good things you can do today. Then, select the positive, encouraging, insistent thoughts that will push you into action.

The way you think from moment to moment directly impacts the way you live. Remember to choose the thoughts, again and again, that lead you to make life great.

— Ralph Marston


Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

October 2017


One morning I noticed a group of young children waiting for the bus to take them to school.  What caught my interest were the diverse activities that the children were doing to entertain themselves while they waited for the bus.  Some were chasing each other.  Some were chatting.  Most were playing in some way.

The most dramatic difference was between one little girl who was playing with a stick and a little girl involved with her cell phone.  The little girl with the stick just picked it up from off the ground and was twirling it around.  Perhaps it was an imaginary baton or a magic wand.  Her face was animated as her whole body swayed with the stick as if dancing with the wind.  A smile never left her face.  Another little girl was totally absorbed with her cell phone.  She stood ramrod straight. Her face tense with a grimace.  Her thumbs madly punching the keys of her phone.  She looked like a fragile statue that would break if she moved.

Both little girls were focused with the activity on hand.  One was free and easy, while the other was regimented and driven.  As I watched them I thought of our relationship with God.  Are we free and easy with God, comfortable, like a friend or are we tight and driven?  If we are with a close friend aren’t we most likely to be comfortable? If we are regimented and tight who controls the conversation with God?  Our conversation with God is our prayer.  A conversation is a dialogue.  Do we give God, a chance to speak and do we listen to what he has to say?  Find a stick in your backyard and twirl it around.  See where God leads you.


Bible Vs. Proverbs 1:2-7 “That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.”

Prayer: O Lord, let me be childlike in my prayer.  Let me approach you as I would a friend.  Help me to hear what you have to say to me.  Give me comfort so that I can help comfort others.  Let me accept your mercy so that I may freely give mercy to others.  Remind me to be open and honest in my relationship with you so that I can bring your Word, and not mine, to all people.  Amen


Spotlight:  Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine for special time with God. Sunday Catholic Mass is at 8:00 AM all year round and 9:30 AM May through October.  Visit our giftshop for life giving religious articles. Come to our French Toast Breakfast after the 8:00 AM Mass on Sunday, November 5th.  Tickets are $5.00 for French toast, sausage or bacon, juice, coffee or tea.  Served after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM.  There will also be a mini craft fair.  Come and spend some quality time with the Lord.

Monday, 23 October 2017 08:51

Motivational Monday 10-23-17

Undivided attention

Let go of the constant feeling that you need to be doing something else. Let yourself focus completely and continuously on the work you’re now doing.

If you try to switch too quickly from one thing to another and back again, much of your attention gets left behind. Give each task the undivided attention it deserves.

Seek to stay singularly focused until you reach a natural stopping point. You can then fully let go of what you had been doing and move the whole of your attention on to something else.

Your attention is valuable, and deserves to be protected as you would protect your money or other valuables. Just because everyone wants it, is no reason to give it to them.

Enjoy the robust awareness that comes with deep, sustained investment of your attention. Gather novel, original insights rather than predictable, hollow impressions.

Step away from the meaningless noise, as enticing as it may be. Feel the freedom, create the space to truly think, focus and understand.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 16 October 2017 08:56

Motivational Monday 10-16-17

Best thing to do

There is at least one person who benefits greatly when you do the right thing. That person is you.

Whether or not you are noticed, appreciated, recognized or thanked by others, do the right thing. Because you’ll notice, you’ll know, you’ll continue to live with yourself and your choices.

Your image of yourself is an accumulation of everything you observe yourself doing. Each action influences your confidence in your values and in yourself.

Often, doing what’s right is not the most convenient or expedient choice. That’s especially true if you know that no one is watching.

Yet doing what’s right, what’s good, what affirms life, is the best thing to do. It’s the best choice for you, for your world, for all of life.

Even if no one else ever knows, do something that genuinely feels good, something that creates goodness. Do what you know is good, what you know is right.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 09 October 2017 16:20

Motivational Monday 10-9-17

Satisfaction and fulfillment

It’s powerful when you know precisely where you intend to go. But it’s not enough.

No matter how strong your desire is, desire alone will not achieve what you wish to achieve. That’s your job, and your great opportunity.

You must cross the distance between where you are and where you want to be. You must take action, with focus, with discipline, commitment and persistence.

You’re perfectly capable of doing all that. So go ahead, engage that capability, make the effort, reach the goal.

Yes, it will be difficult, challenging, uncomfortable, inconvenient. That’s what makes it worth doing, what gives it value.

Feel your desire to achieve, to go from where you are now to where you want to be. Then find great satisfaction and fulfillment in doing the work, in covering the ground to make it happen.

— Ralph Marston



Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:08

Coats, Clothing and More Giveaway!

Christ's Cupboard Ministry of Brooklyn Reformed Church, in connection with Coats for Kids, is holding another Coat's, Clothing and More Giveaway on Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM. They will be taking donations from the community and surronding areas of gently used items and then giving them away for FREE! Items such as clothing, toys, books and household items will be given away.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:15

Motivational Monday 10-2-17

Rise above comfort

Comfort feels good, but it can water down your best possibilities. Today, rise above comfort and make some real progress.

Put new excellence and value in the world with your eagerness to take on difficult challenges. Step beyond what is easy and familiar and into the realm of high achievement.

Embrace responsibility, action, commitment. Be willing to say what must be said, to do what is good and right.

Comfort is pleasant, but too much comfort will melt you into complacency. Too much desire for comfort will imprison you in a situation where nothing gets done.

Enjoy life’s comforts but be careful not to let them hold you back. Find occasional refuge in comfort, then step again into the challenging world where you can get plenty of good work done.

You have much to offer, much to do, much to give to life. Rise above comfort, and achieve great things.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 25 September 2017 08:30

Motivational Monday 9-25-17

Purpose is strong

Now your purpose is strong. Now you have the power, the will, to do something about what you care most about.

You sail right on past the interruptions, never losing focus. A clear sense of what you must do, of what you choose to do, makes you immune to the distractions.

Every moment matters, and your choices, your actions reflect that truth. There is great value to be created, meaningful experience to be lived, and you embrace each opportunity to do so.

You act with confidence, knowing that what you do is good, is right, and makes a positive difference in life beyond you. You persist, free of resentment, empowered by the highest expectations.

Today has arrived with its unique challenges and possibilities. And you are here to live it fully, with a purpose that is strong and an intention to be your best.

You’ve allowed that purpose to fill your awareness. As it energizes your thoughts and actions, you discover again and again how much good you can get done.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 18 September 2017 08:47

Motivational Monday 9-18-17

Filled with promise

Do the work to think for yourself. If you don’t think for yourself, life is nothing more than a stream of meaningless sensations.

Take full responsibility for the integrity of your life. It is everything, as your experience has shown you again and again.

Life is not easy. But oh, how good it can be when you do what is necessary to put real substance into it.

Give, give, give of yourself, authentically, generously, with enthusiasm, respect, joy. Listen, learn, watch, participate.

Commit to your highest vision, putting action and persistence behind that commitment. Remind yourself to live as though every moment matters, for indeed every moment does.

Do you realize how beautiful and filled with promise this day is? Once you do, nothing will be able to hold you back.

— Ralph Marston


Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:24

Motivational Monday 9-11-17

Monday, September 11, 2017

When the task is draining you

If you resent the work, you won’t do it very well, and besides, your resentment gains you nothing. What’s the point of that?

If you avoid the work, you make it more difficult when you eventually have to do it. That’s not such a great plan.

When you do the work halfheartedly, you’re using up your time but wasting an opportunity. Instead, put full attention and enthusiasm into it, and seize the opportunity to excel at it.

When you feel like the task is draining you, it’s not the task that’s doing the draining. It’s your attitude.

Improve your attitude, and you immediately improve the way you feel about what you’re doing. Improve your attitude, and the work flows much more smoothly.

No matter what you’re doing, you might as well do it in a positive frame of mind. It’s your time, it’s your work, it’s your life experience, so make the choice to make it your best.

— Ralph Marston


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