As we try to navigate and adjust to the changes happening in our daily lives, Br. Bob Warren reminds us to take a step back and reflect. Read through his thoughts for the day:

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Monday, May 25

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.” - Alex Noble

What brings me peace? When do I consider my day successful?

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Tuesday, May 19

“Good is the enemy of great.” - Jim Collins

In what ways can I go from good to great? To keep from being overwhelmed, how do I know when good is good enough?

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Monday, May 18

“Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is at the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Without love what do we live for?”
- Anonymous

How is love rooted in my life?

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Sunday, May 17

“Expectations become definitions.” - Sue Bender

Does this frustrate me or am I comfortable with such definitions?

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Thursday, May 14

“Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.” - Barbara Jordan

How can I love better?

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Wednesday, May 13

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
- Henry David Thoreau

What is it that I am pursuing? Am I on the path that will reach my goal?
 

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Tuesday, May 12

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give us happiness.” - Thomas Jefferson

Where do I find serenity and satisfaction?

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Sunday, May 10

“Time teaches and time disappears...The purpose of time is not accumulation. The purpose of time is to alert us to ourselves so that we can become the only thing it is really worth our time to be: a totally human, deeply spiritual human being.” - Joan Chittister, OSB, from Growing Into Life

How can I become a more deeply spiritual human being?

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Thursday, May 7

“The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a life well-spent is eternal.” - Cicero

In what ways do I make the most of my life?

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Wednesday, May 6

“Would any among you give a stone to your
child who is asking you for bread? Or if your
child asks for fish, will you hand over a
poisonous snake? If you then, who can do
wrong, give good gifts to your children, don’t
you think that your Father in heaven
will give you good things when you ask?” - Matthew 7: 9-11

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Tuesday, May 5

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What thing must I do?

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Monday, May 4

"Even to your old age I am your God.
Even when your hair turns gray,
I will carry you.
I have always supported you, and I will continue.
I will carry you to safety." - Isaiah 46:4

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Sunday, May 3

"We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." - Maya Angelou

What image do I envision when considering diversity in my life?

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Thursday, April 30

"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty." - Henry Frederic Ameil

What difficulties have I conquered recently?

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Wednesday, April 29

“My soul is a mirror of God
my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.
God has looked with favor on my lowliness.
Surely from now on, generations will call
me blessed.
God has done great things in me;
holy is God’s name.” - Luke 1: 46-49

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Tuesday, April 28

“Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests.” - Lance Armstrong

What are my life’s commitments?

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Monday, April 27

“You are a glorious crown of beauty
in the hand of God,
a royal diadem held lovingly,
for your God rejoices in you.”

- Isaiah 62: 3-4

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Thursday, April 23

“The Latin root for the word ‘perfect’ means only ‘finished’, not ‘without flaws.’...to be whole doesn’t mean we have to be perfect.” - Sue Bender

“...the word ‘perfect’ really means, be who God intended you to be; be fully mature and ripe. That’s a much more inviting concept than our usual idea of perfect, which is rooted in perfectionism.” - Kathleen Norris

When do I have unrealistic expectations for myself? For others?

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Wednesday, April 22

“You formed all the inner parts of my body.
You knit them together while I was in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderful.” - Psalm 139: 13-14

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Tuesday, April 21

“The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.” - Samuel Johnson


What brings me joy in my life?

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Monday, April 20

“All that happens to us works together for our good as we love God and respond to God's call and purpose.” - Romans 8:28

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Sunday, April 19

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Which areas of my life are in harmony? Which are dissonant?

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Tuesday, April 7

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
- Thomas Paine

What character traits do I value in a person? Do I see those traits in myself?

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Monday, April 6

“Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” - Psalm 10:1

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Sunday, April 5

“Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.” - Kim Lyons

What one thing can I do today to spend my time wisely? What does “wisely” mean to me?

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Thursday, April 2

“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne

What qualities do I possess that make me special?

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Wednesday, April 1

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, in humility consider others better than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:3

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Tuesday, March 31

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What transformations in my life have helped me feel secure?

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Monday, March 30

“By having reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life, we become good, deep and alive.”
- Albert Schweitzer

How do I practice reverence for life?

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

- Galatians 5:22-23a

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Saturday, March 28

Verse of the day

Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.

- Luke 13:22 (NIV)

 

 

Voice of the day

To be where Jesus is means that as church, we must be with the people who are suffering most during this pandemic.

- Kelly Brown Douglas, Liz Theoharis

 

 

Prayer of the day

God, I pray that you give us leaders in our country who favor the hungry, naked, stranger, poor and who believe in LOVE instead of selfishness and wealth, we pray.

- Sojourners Reader

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Thursday, March 26

“I pass through the gates, wind the old road and paths, perform rites of beauty in the being beyond thought, just walking and sitting, breathing and sharing, passing through the mind of land, the inspired air, the eye at the heart of the world, becoming a part of that whole, touching the timeless place.”
- Richard Bodner, from A Wanderer Returns

Do I have a place, either real or imaginary, that seems home to my soul?

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Wednesday, March 25

"O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”
- Psalm 139 1-4

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Tuesday, March 24

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What will I do today to move toward my dream?

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Monday, March 23

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

When do I feel most powerful, loving and self-controlled?

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Sunday, March 22

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” - Catherine Ponder

To what people or conditions am I linked because of resentment?