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"Mother Teresa marked the history of our century with courage. She served all human beings by promoting their dignity and respect, and made those who had been defeated by life feel the tenderness of God.''

  -  Pope John Paul II

 Inspirational Quotations

(more to come soon)

"Never underestimate the ponderings of a Christian parent. Never underestimate the power that comes when a parent pleads with God on behalf of a child. Who knows how many prayers are being answered right now because of the faithful ponderings of a parent ten or twenty years ago? God listens to thoughtful parents.

Praying for our children is a noble task. If what we are doing, in this fast-paced society, is taking us away from prayer time for our children, we're doing too much. There is nothing more special, more precious than time that a parent spends struggling and pondering with God on behalf of a child."

                                             ~Max Lucado


Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.
                                             ~Mother Teresa


Oh, how the little things, Strengthen my tiny wings, Help me to take on the world.   When you love me,There's nothing I wouldn't try, I might even fly. 

                                              ~Sarah Groves


Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

                                              ~ James Barrie


 Quotable Quotes

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

                                              ~Josh Billings


When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

                                             ~Mother Teresa


Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.                 ~Henry David Thoreau

Knowledge is the antidote to fear.                          ~ Emerson

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.             ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.              ~ Proverbs 1:7




I'm A Work in Progress
Written by: Thena Smith

I'm a work in progress
Don't give up on me yet.
My God knows I need guidance
And He won't forget.

Like a woven tapestry started
But not yet complete
While the underside may be tangled
The topside is neat.

God chose the colors
And tinted them with love
And has guided their weaving
From His throne up above.

The work is progressing
But not yet complete
Until it's a tapestry worthy
To place at His feet!


 Quotable Scripture

A reading from the hoy Gospel according to Mathew (Mt 10:16-23)
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.

For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”
Word of God (Isaiah 53:2-12)
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him. 
He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering,
accustomed to infirmity,
One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned,
and we held him in no esteem. 
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
While we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted. 
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins,
Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed. 
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. 
Though he was harshly treated,
he submitted and opened not his mouth;
Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth. 
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people, 
A grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers, T
hough he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood. 
(But the LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity.)
If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. 
Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days;
Through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear. 
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
Because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; And he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mathew (Mt 10:24-28)
No disciple is above his teacher,
no slave above his master.
It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,
for the slave that he become like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, 
how much more those of his household!
"Therefore do not be afraid of them.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.



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