"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."
Blessed Mother Teresa
"My past no longer concerns me. It belongs to divine mercy. My future
does not yet concern me. It belongs to divine providence. What concerns
me and what challenges me is today, which belongs to God's grace and to
the devotion of my heart and my good will."
St. Francis de Sales
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't
even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The
ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And
sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be
happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad
had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it
will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with
you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those
stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept
going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
"Every day we have to say yes. To be where He wants you to be.
Total surrender: If He puts you in the street—if everything is taken
from you and suddenly you find yourself in the street—to accept to be
put in the street at that moment… . To accept whatever He gives and to
give whatever He takes with a big smile. This is the surrender to God.
To accept to be cut to pieces, and yet every piece to belong only to
Him. This is the surrender. To accept the people that come, the work
that you happen to do. Today maybe you have a good meal and tomorrow
maybe you have nothing. There is no water in the pump? All right. To
accept, and to give whatever he takes. He takes your good name, He takes
your health, yes. That’s the surrender. And you are free then."
Blessed Mother Teresa
Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not envy those who do evil:
for they wither quickly like grass
and fade like the green of the fields.
If you trust in the Lord and do good,
then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord,
he will grant your heart’s desire.
Commit your life to the Lord,
trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
your cause like the noon-day sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;
do not fret at the man who prospers;
a man who makes evil plots
to bring down the needy and the poor.
Calm your anger and forget your rage;
do not fret, it only leads to evil.
Lilies of the Field (1963 - Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala)