The most important lesson in life that parents can impress on their children is to love God with all their heart, mind and soul and their neighbour as themselves.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
~ Matthew 22:36-40
An education that leads to the betterment of one’s lot in life but without thought and service to the poor and marginalised in society is misguided, irresponsible and an abject failure.
About the photo: This image of King’s College, Cambridge University is decidedly two-dimensional, lacking the perception of depth due to a photographic shift tilt effect.
“Work is man’s original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.”
~ St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, no. 482
He is darn heavy.
But he’s still my brother!
See how undaunted this tree seems to be despite having lost one of its main branches.
So too, let not physical trials and bodily harm break down our spirit but rather, prompt it to a ripe and strong maturity.
It is the heart of the flower that holds its petals together.
Yes, our prayers are often filled with wrong notes.
But like any proud parent, God still loves to hear them anyway.
You have a dream
For building a home
Whose foundations are Faith
Whose doors are mutual Trust and
Whose hearth is Love.
~ Unknown author
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Faith does not lend itself to an easy climb.
Only those who cling fervently to it in prayer and humility can savour its fruits of Hope.