“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”-Ralph Blum
“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” — Isak Dinesen
“Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.” —Barbara de Angelis
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell
This was a common question during my college years. Wonderful meals of fish, homemade macaroni and cheese, veggie plates and salads meant not eating red meat during Lent wasn’t much of a sacrifice in our cafeteria. Students also joked about giving up things they didn’t do anyway.
Our campus chaplain suggested our sacrifice during Lent could be actively doing something such as attending daily Mass, volunteering, or providing child care so single mom’s could attend meetings. This is still relevant today when the one thing no one seems to have enough of is time. Making time for devotion to God, to give to others, to work to make the world a better place or to even spend quality family time is for many a true sacrifice.
If you want to give something up try envy, jealousy, anger, greed, gossip, pride or even jumping to conclusions. Replace negative emotions and behaviors with positive actions and encouraging words.
“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve, you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. ” — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish Dramatist and Poet
“The world is our school for spiritual discovery.” — Paul Brunton