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Jesus as Life and Resurrection

Jesus as the Bread of Life


Spirituality of Work


Heaven's Grocery Store

Do Good


Work As Prayer

Guide to a Happy Life

A Recipe for a Good Day

Take Time

The Best Thing to Give

To Achieve Your Dreams




Just for Today


May You Have

A Wish for You

Troubles of Life

Seven Sins

Six Mistakes

Ten Things

13 Virtues

Good Character

Secrets of Success

Einstein on the Meaning of it All

Kierkegaard's Wish

Build Me a Son (or a Daughter)


What a Man Is

Who is Jesus to Me

Be Careful

Celebrating Solidarity


Jesus as Life and Resurrection
[Excerpts from the Gospel of John, chapters 11 to 14]

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (Jn. 11:25­26)

A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another." (Jn. 13:34­35)

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. (Jn. 14:1)

I am the way - and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6)

Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (Jn. 14­27)


"The Bread of Life"

Jesus said: "I am the bread of life.
No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry,
no one who believes in me shall thirst again."

John, 6:35


(St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:1-2, 4-8, 13)

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I ... understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing ...

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends ...

As for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end ... Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.


Five Guidelines To A Spirituality Of Work (Summary of an article by Mark Quinn, Praying, No. 8, August 1985)

A spirituality of work involves looking for ways to accommodate my actions and attitudes on the job with what I understand as the meaning of life.

If I want to live as a Christian, I must incorporate the insight and the example of Jesus into all areas of my life, including my work.

· Integrity: Am I giving of myself to the work that I do according to the compensation given me?

· Creativity: The level of creative energy I expend at work is an important indication of the value I assign to it. The more creative I can be on the job, the better I will like my work and myself. Creativity is self-expression, the prerequisite for self-confidence.

· Competence: Competence is a process of refining skills rather than a minimum standard of acceptable performance. Competence must be demonstrated. I must strive to be fully competent in the services I render.

· Responsibility: In my work place, what have I done to foster a sense of collective responsibility to the community and larger society?

· Balance: The Christian tries to be in his work, but not of it, dedicated but not addicted. He should value people over things, making a conscious effort to help advance the interests of all who are affected by his work.



Everyone has his specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment.

Therein he cannot be replaced, nor his life can be repeated.
Thus, everyone's task is unique as is his opportunity to implement it.

Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, as quoted in Three Minutes A Day, January 2, vol. 21 (New York: Christopher Books, 1981).


Heaven's Grocery Store

Ron DeMarco & Friend

I was walking down life's highway a long time ago.
One day I saw a sign that read, "Heaven's Grocery Store".
As I got a little closer the door came open wide,
and when I came to myself I was standing inside.
I saw a host of Angels, they were standing everywhere.
One handed me a blanket and said, "My Child shop with care".
Everything a Christian needs is in that grocery store,
and all you can't carry, come back the next day for more.

First, I got some Patience, Love was in the same row.
Further down was Understanding, needed everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith,
I just couldn't miss the Holy Ghost, it was all over the place.
I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run this race,
but then my blanket was getting full, and I remembered I needed Grace.

I didn't forget Salvation, which like the others was free,
so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my Master will.
As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and had to put it in,
for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
Peace and Joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
Song and Praises were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, "How much do I owe"?
The Angel smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."
Again, I politely asked "How much do I really owe?"
The Angel smiled again and said, "My Child, Jesus Paid Your Bill
A Long Time Ago."

(c) Copyright 1990 ~Use With Permission Only~


Do All the Good You Can

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley



Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.


Work as Prayer: Five SuggestionsFive suggestions for finding Christian meaning in my work:

  1. Think of my work as a response to a call from God.
  2. Look for the good and make an effort to increase it, while at the same time, holding down the bad. Try to look at work as helping God complete his creation, as something God wants to have done.
  3. Help to bring Christ and his values to a less than Christian place of employment.
  4. Think of working as sharing in the sacrifice of Jesus. "Am I, like Jesus, laying down my life by my work?"
  5. Look for the fruits of my work as a sign of my love.

(Adapted from "The Work of the Lord" by Art Winter, Praying, No. 8, August 1985, p. 2)

A Guide to a Happy Life No one will ever get out of this world alive. Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable sense of values. Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone's major source of wealth; without it, happiness is almost impossible. Resolve to be cheerful and helpful. People will repay you in kind. Avoid angry, abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful. Avoid zealots. They are usually humorless. Resolve to listen more and talk less. No one ever learns anything by talking. Be chary of giving advice. Wise men don't need it, and fools won't heed it. Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Some time in life, you will have been all of these. Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.

A Recipe for a Good Day

A huge measure of faith.
An equal portion of work and play.
A full cup of courage.
One small can of patience.
A constant sprinkling of prayer.
A level teaspoon of meditation.
A pinch each of fun, good humor, and cheerfulness.
Two heaping tablespoons of compromise.
A dash of quietness.
Love enough to tie all together
to the consistency of firm serenity.

The preparation time is 24 hours cooking time, daily.
Set the fire low, steady and consistent.
This can be served to one person,
twenty people or everyone you meet.

Take Time

Take Time to think ... It is the source of power.
Take Time to play ... It is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take Time to read… It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take Time to pray ... It is the greatest power on earth.
Take Time to love and be loved. . . It is a God-given privilege.
Take Time to be friendly ... It is the road to happiness.
Take Time to laugh... It is the music of the soul.
Take Time to give... It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take Time to work ... It is the price of' success.
Take Time to do charity ... It is the key to heaven.

Salesian Missions
New Rochelle, N.Y. 10802

The Best Thing To Give

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness;
to an opponent, tolerance;
to a friend, your heart;
to a child, a good example;
to a father, deference;
to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you;
to yourself, respect;
to all men, charity.

John Balfour

To Achieve Your Dreams Remember Your ABCs
Copyright 1991 By Wanda Hope Carter all rights reserved.

Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits
Believe in yourself
Consider things from every angle
Don't give up and don't give in
Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches
Give more than you planned to
Hang on to your dreams
Ignore those who try to discourage you
Just do it
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier
Love yourself first and most
Make it happen
Never lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal
Open your eyes and see things as they really are
Practice makes perfect
Quitters never win and winners never quit
Read study and learn about everything important in your life
Stop procrastinating
Take control of your own destiny
Understand yourself in order to better understand others
Visualize it
Want it more than anything
Xcellerate your efforts
You are unique of all God's creations nothing can replace you
Zero in on your target and go for it !

© Copyright 1991 By Wanda Hope Carter, [email protected] all rights reserved by the author, her heirs and assigns. No duplication, copying or reprint in any form or manner including downloading, e-mailing, or site posting permitted without express written permission! This piece is published and available as a poster.


Whatever you do, you need courage.

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you "You are wrong!"

There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.

To map out a course of action, to follow it to an end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, they may cheat you;
Be forthright anyway.

What you spent years building, they may destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous and scorn;
Be joyous anyway.

The good you do today, they often will forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it will never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them,




To laugh often and much;
To win respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done;
To know even one other life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just for Today

Just for today I will live through this day only, and not set far-reaching goals to try to overcome all my problems at once. I know I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I thought I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. Abraham Lincoln said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. " He was right. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. I will chase them out of my mind and replace them with happy thoughts.

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those things I cannot correct.

Just for today I will improve my mind. I will not be a mental loafer. I will force myself to read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll make an honest effort to quit. If I'm overweight, I'll eat nothing I know to be fattening. And I will force myself to exercise even if it's only walking around the block or using the stairs instead of the elevator.

Just for today I'll do something I've been putting off for a long time. I'll finally write that letter, make that phone call, clean that closet or straighten out those dresser drawers.

Just for today before I speak I will ask myself, "Is it true? Is it kind?" and if the answer to either of those questions is negative, I won't say it.

Just for today I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will look as good as I can, dress becomingly, talk softly, act courteously and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today I'll not try to improve anybody except myself.

We know so much more about nutrition and how exercise and sensible living can extend life and make it more enjoyable, so just for today I'll take good care of my body.

Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it, thereby saving myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.

Adopted from the Al-Anon credo by Abigail ("Dear Abby") Van Buren


Yesterday is but a dream,
Tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness.
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.


May You Have

Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

A Wish for You

When you're lonely, I wish you love.
When you're down, I wish you joy.
When you're troubled, I wish you peace.

When things are complicated,
I wish you simple beauty.
When things are chaotic,
I wish you inner silence.
When things look empty,
I wish you hope.

I do not wish you joy without a sorrow,
Nor endless day without the healing dark,
Nor brilliant sun without the restful shadow,
Nor tides that never turn against your bark.

I wish you love, and strength, and wisdom,
And gold enough to help some needy one,
I wish you songs, but also blessed silence,
And God's sweet peace when your day is done.

Troubles of Life

The little troubles and worries of life,
so many of which we meet, may be stumbling blocks in our way,
or we may make them stepping-stones to a noble character and to Heaven.
Troubles are often tools by which God fashions us for better things.

Henry Ward Beecher

Seven Sins Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Politics without principle.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Six Mistakes (Cicero) 1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed.

3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.

4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

5. Neglecting the development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Ten Things 1. Do good to everyone. 2. Speak ill of no one. 3. Reflect before deciding. 4. Speak not while excited. 5. Help the unfortunate. 6. Admit your errors. 7. Be patient with all. 8. Listen not to tale-bearers. 9. Mistrust unkind reports. 10. Prepare to die.

Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues 1. Temperance 2. Silence 3. Order 4. Resolution 5. Frugality 6. Industry 7. Sincerity 8. Justice 9. Moderation 10. Cleanliness 11. Tranquility 12. Chastity 13. Humility Joan Rapaport. The Book of Numbered Lists (Perigree, 1998)

Good Character Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent...
Most talents are ... a gift.
Good character, by contrast, is not given to us.
We have to build it piece by piece, by thought, choice, courage, and determination. John Luther - as quoted in "Living the Good Life: Why Values Matter?", Christopher News Notes, January 1999.

Secrets Of Success
© Copyright 1993 by Wanda Hope Carter all rights reserved.

Start by determining your ultimate goals in life
Establish your priorities to reflect those goals
Create a plan that leaves room for flexibility
Research and practice to reduce risks and errors
Efforts lead to rewards, excuses lead to failure
Time used wisely is an investment for the future
Strength is achieved by confronting difficulties

Organization, focus and persistence gain results
Faith in yourself frees you from fear and doubts

Self-control is the truest form of human mastery
Use your talents and skills as natural resources
Challenges always offer opportunities for growth
Change is the only constant you should depend on
Experience exceeds all other methods of learning
Satisfaction and pride come from a job well done
Success is a way of life found moment by moment

© Copyright 1993 By Wanda Hope Carter, [email protected] all rights reserved by the author, her heirs and assigns. No duplication, copying or reprint in any form or manner including downloading, e-mailing, or site posting permitted without express written permission! This piece is published and available as a poster.

Einstein on the Meaning of It All

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us
comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes
seeming to divine a purpose.... From the standpoint of
daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that
man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for
those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness
depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with
whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many
times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner
life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both
living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself
in order to give in return as much as I have received."

-- Albert Einstein, (U.S. (German-born) physicist, 1879-1955)


Kierkegaard's Wish

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of the potential,
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.

Søren Kierkegaard, 19th-c. Danish philosopher

Build Me A Son

Build me a son, o Lord, who will be
strong enough to face himself when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son
whose wishes will not take the place of deeds;
a son who will know Thee ­
and know that to know himself
is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray,
not in the path of ease and comfort,
but through the stress and the spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him stand up in the storm;
let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me son
whose heart will be high,
a son who masters himself
before he seeks to master other men,
one who will reach into the future,
yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his,
add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility, so that he may know
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
and the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his parent, will dare to whisper: "I have not lived in vain."

(Distributed by Rev. Walter Nolan, Catholic Chaplain, Rider College, 1985)


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream ­ and not make dreams your master;
If you can think ­ and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop to build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch­and­toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings ­ nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run ­
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And ­ which is more ­ you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

What A Man Is

What a man is contributes much more happiness than what he has....
What a man is in himself,
what accompanies him when he is alone,
what no one can give him or take away,
is obviously more essential to him than everything he has in the way of possessions,
or even what he may be in the eyes of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Who is Jesus to me?

From "Meditations in the hospital", 19 June 1983, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Jesus is the Word made flesh.
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.
Jesus is the Sacrifice offered at the Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.
Jesus is the Word - to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth - to be told.
Jesus is the Way - to be walked.
Jesus is the Light - to be lit.
Jesus is the Life - to be lived.
Jesus is the Love - to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy - to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice - to be offered.
Jesus is the Peace - to be given.
Jesus is the Bread of Life - to be eaten.

Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the Mental - to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind - to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb - to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger and befriend her.
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the Old - to be served.

Be Careful

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character,
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.

Anonymous (courtesy of Dear Abby)

Celebrating Solidarity
(Catholic Relief Services, 2000 Calendar)

The principle of solidarity is a fundamental theme of Catholic Social Teaching and reminds us that we are one human family our brothers' and sisters' keepers. It calls us to pursue justice throughout the world, no matter how distant the issues may seem.

Solidarity involves a shared understanding between people. Thus we must think in terms of both giving and receiving, so that can see the face of the poor and recognize the human dignity of people who live, work and pray with a family, just as we do.

Through the gifts of the Spirit we learn to do this, but in so doing we face many challenges.

We must lose our preconceptions of the poor. They are not less than us nor incapable of taking care of themselves or their families. They may have had different opportunities. So, we ask ourselves: How do we fit into the reality of the poor?

We must remember that the human dignity with which each one of us is endowed means that we have a responsibility to share our, resources - to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick and work for justice for everyone.

We must recognize that circumstances for people in a particular area or country will be different. We cannot and should not try to re-make an individual into our own image.

We must forget how isolated we are from the poor and begin to understand that we can take action in support of the poor.

We must begin to realize that we are called to go and be the guests of the poor, recognizing that we gain tremendously from what the poor share with us.

We must come to know the poor as people. They, too, teach us and we are converted.