Don’t know why; but I thought this quote was cool. When I went to try to expand on it, I couldn’t come up with much else. So maybe one of you lovely people out there needs to hear this today:
“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it”
Time heals a lot… but when we make a mistake, we gotta own up. As simple as math
Did You Know? Abraham Lincoln instituted the first Thanksgiving in 1863, not simply as a remembrance of Pilgrims and Native Americans, but as a reminder to thank the God who gave us everything we have.
From his Thanksgiving Proclamation:
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
-Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Translation: Give thanks to God for all of the blessings in your life today; trust in His Divine Providence to take care of everything you need; and pray for true peace and healing in the lives of all.
For thanks to mean anything, it has to be directed to someone
Man is often said to be the intelligent animal. But when he decides he wants to be like the rest of the animals, and chooses to pursue selfish and base desires, he becomes the worst animal of all.
Think about it.
“Show me a religion where you always get to do what you want and I’ll show you a pretty shabby, lazy religion. Something not worth living or dying for, or even getting up in the morning for. That might be the kind of world John Lennon wanted, but John Lennon was kind of an idiot.”
Steve Gershom, ladies and gentlemen.
[I'm writing a paper this week so I didn't really have time for a post today. I have always loved that line, though You can check out Steve's blog here.]
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.
-1 John 3:1-3 (from today’s Second Reading)
“What we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
As young people, it’s only natural that we are constantly wondering and working towards what we’re supposed to do…who we are supposed to be. As today is the solemnity of All Saints (check your local mass times—it’s a Holy Day of Obligation!), I thought it was fitting to reflect on this. We may not have all the details figured out yet, but no matter our age, background, or anything else, what we do know for sure is that God is calling us to be with Him in heaven.
Translation: we are all called to be saints.
Whatever you find yourself doing in this life—going to school, treating sick patients, teaching middle-schoolers, raising a family, etc.—don’t miss your ultimate calling: to be with God and all of His saints in heaven.
Happy All Saints’ Day!