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Act of Hope
Act of Humility
Act of Love
An Irish Blessing
Be at Peace
Best Friends
The Blessing of St. Francis of Assisi
The Blessing Of Thorns
A Child's Prayer for Parents
A Creed For Those Who Have Suffered
Daddys Day At School
Different Type of Prayer
Direction of Intention
Eight Gifts That Don't Cost A Cent
End of Day Prayer
Evening Prayer to God the Father
Fatima Prayer
For Those Searching for God
The Football Game
The Hospital Room
The Hot Water Bottle
How Poor We Really Are
I Came to You Late
If God had a refrigerator
Interesting anecdote
An Interview with God
The Littlest Firefighter
Lord, Make Me an Instrument
Man Made Walls
Michael's Song
The Missed Blessings
Morning Prayer
Nail In The Fence
Novena to the Holy Spirit
Novena to St. Claire
Novena To Saint Jude
Prayer before Starting on a Journey
Prayer before Study or Instructions
Prayer for the Faithful
Prayer for the Help of the Holy Spirit
Prayer for Strength in Weakness
Prayer for Travelers
Prayer for Trust in Jesus
Prayer In Time of Danger
Prayer Of Generosity
Prayer to Practice the Golden Rule
Prayer to Practice What Jesus Taught
Prayer to Saint Anthony for Lost Articles
Prayer of St. Augustine
Prayer of St. Patrick
Prayer To The Blessed Virgin
Prayer to Saint Jude
A Rose Within
Serenity Prayer
A Short Prayer
Slow Dance
Something for Stevie
State of Mind
A Trick
Two Frogs Fell Into a Pit
Twenty Third Psalm
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
what's most important in life
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
Your Cross
You Still Have Hope



success comes from within our hearts it is what inspires our spirit with hope and
courage to believe we can dare to try and we can dare to succeed. be true to
yourself and people will see your qualities.

-Aaron Turner

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum cam balance his worth.

                                 -Sirach 6:14-15 (The New American Bible) 

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because
you stop laughing."
                                      -Author unknown

The greatest essentials of life are something to do, something to love, and
something to hope for.
                                      -Thomas Chalmers

Contentment consists not in great wealth, but in few wants.

Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
                                      -Victor Hugo

Love is friendship set to music.

Love comes unseen; we only see it go.
                                      -Austin Dobson

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what
we believe.
                                      -St. Augustine

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 which has opened
for us.
                                    -Alexander Graham Bell

Work like you don t need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.

                                      -Author Unknown


The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's 
opportunities and to make the most of one's resources.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who
try to do nothing and succeed.
                                      -Lloyd Jones

Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others.

Friends and loves we have none, nor wealth nor blest abode, but the hope of the
city of God at the other end of the road.

The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is 

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

To pity distress is human; to relieve it is God-like.
                                      -Horace Mann

Noone is useless in this world who lightens a burden for someone else.
                                      -Charles Dickens

Animals are such agreeable friends- they ask no questions, they pass no 
                                      -George Elot

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one
Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully.

Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
                                      -G. W. Curtis

No man need be common, no life need be ordinary.

Remember the week day and keep it holy, too.

The Wise Men sought Christ, which proves they were wise men.

Hell is truth seen too late.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, "No. I give you blessings.
Happiness is up to you."

                                      -Author Unknown

The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.
                                      -Hugh Murr

People do not lack strength; they lack will.
                                      -Victor Hugo

Blessed are the joymakers.
                                      -N. P. Willis

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be 
stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's
                                      -Charles Brower

Amor vincit omnia. (Love conqures all.)

L'amour fait passer le temps; le temps fait passer l'amour. (Love makes time 
pass; time makes love pass.)

Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
                                      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
                                      -F. P. Jones

To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
                                      -David Viscott

A candle loses nothing of it's light by lighting another candle.

Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel 
that you've done a permanent job.

Giving makes living more loving.

Love never asks how much must I do, but how much can I do.

There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so.
                                      -German Proverb

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
                                      -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Love people so they know how good they are.

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
                                      -George Eliot

Short visits make long friends.

Love is thicker than blood.

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.

A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.

Those plush new teddies in the stores are strangers. The tattered bear in the 
toy chest is a friend forever.

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elswhere.
                                      -Francois DeLaRouchefoucauld

When you help someone up a hill, you're that much nearer to the top yourself.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery by doubling our joy and 
dividing our grief.

Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart.

                                      -Charles Dickens

The greatness of people is reflected in their wilingness to be kind.

So long as we love, we serve. So long as we are loved by others, I would say we
are indispensable; and no person is useless while he or she has a friend.

                                      -Robert Louis Stevenson

Friends are made by many acts - and lost by only one.

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Things do not change, we do.
                                      -Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is like a rainbow between two hearts.

May you live all the days of your life.
                                      -Jonathan Swift

Don't wait for a crisis to discover what is important in your life.

To be capable of steady friendship and lasting love, are the two greatest 
proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
                                      -William Hazlitt

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
                                      -Mark Twain

Life is more fun when you don't keep score.

Kindness is Christianity with it's work clothes on.

He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

The first duty of love is to listen.

The more we do for others, the more we do for ourselves.

Most smiles start with another smile.

Friendship is always a sweet responsiblity, never an opportunity.
                                      -Kahlil Gibran

Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.

Words in haste do friendships waste.

A hug can overcome just about any difference two people may have.

A teddy bear teaches the child that love means being there when you're needed.

Be the first to forgive.

God cares for people through people.

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
					-Gilbert K. Chesterton

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.

Few of us do as much as we want to for others. But there is always one gift we
can bestow - a smile. :)
					-Marjorie Holmes

One pardons to the degree that one loves.
					-Francois DeLaRochefoucould

Two make talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation
of the most sincere and searching sort.
                                       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words are the voice of the heart.

Love looks not with the eyes but with the heart.

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.
					-Mother Theresa

You can forget your own problems if you can help someone solve theirs.

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.
					-Frank Tyger

Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not 
write them on their tombstones, speak them rather not instead.
					-Anna Cummins

Love starts when another person's needs become more important than your own.

Duty is a matter of the mind. Commitment is a matter of the heart.

Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.
					-Henry S. Haskins

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
					-David Tyson Gentry

The only rose without thorns is friendship.
					-Madeleine De Scude're

In the life of a young man the most essential thing for happiness is the gift
of friendship.
					-Sir William Osler

Take evny out of a character and it leaves greater possibilities for friendship.
					-Elizabeth B. Custer

True friendship is like good health: the value of it is seldom known until it
is lost.

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one 
					-Alexandre Dumas

To find a friend one must close one eye; to keep him, two.
					-Norman Douglas

Friends....they cherish each other's hopes. They are kind to each other's 
					-Henry David Thoreau

There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free
air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
					-William Penn

In nature there is no blemish but the mind; none can be called deformed but 
the unkind.

To educate the heart, one must be willing to go out of himself, and to come 
into loving contact with others.

Only as we give no thought of getting do we really get.

I always seek the good that is in people and leave the load to Him who made
mankind and knows how to round off the corners.
					-Goethe's mother

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures
boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend 
					-William Penn

Instead of a gem or even a flower, cast the gift of a lovely thought into
the heart of a friend.
					-George MacDonald

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself,
or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
					-Victor Hugo

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass
himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
					-Lord Herbert

Friendships will last if they are put first.

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we 
find in our travels is an honest friend.
					-Robert Louis Stevenson

Refuse to regard as unfortunate the treatment you recieve from others; let it
stimulate you to deal more justly with yourself and with them.

When we cultivate thoughts of strength for others, we ourselves grow strong.
Habitual thoughts of peace bring us tranquility.
					-C. B. Newcomb

Never put off until tomorrow the hug you can give today.

Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.
					-Michel De Montaigne

the men and women that are lifting the world upward and onward are those who 
encourage more than criticize.
					-Elizabeth Harrison

Your best teacher is time; your best preacher is the heart; your best book is 
the world, and your best friend is God.

There is not good in life but love - but love! What else looks good in some
shade flung from love; Love gilds it, gives it worth.
					-Robert Browning

There is in friendship something of all relations, and something above them all.
It is the golden thread that ties the ghart of all  the world.
					-John Evelyn

Happiness does not depend on money, leisure, society or even health; it depends
on our relation to those we love.

A friend should be loved freely for himself, and not for anything else.
					-St. Augustine

Where love is, God is.

The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and
courtesy become.

Friendship that can cease has never been real.
					-St. Jerome

The secret to the joy of living is the proper appreciation of what we actually

To preserve a friend three things are necessary: to honor him present, praise
him absend, and assist him in his necessities.
					-Italian Proverb

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing 
nothing that pure love shows itself.
					-Jean Baptiste Molie're

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly
can never know what true friendship means.
					-Charles Kingsley

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
					-Abraham Lincoln

But every road is rough to me that has no friend to cheer it.
					-Elizabeth Shane

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

Don't find fault with what you don't understand.

Good to forgive, best to forget.

Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.

A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty, kept.
					-St. Jerome

God's only purpose is people.

There are two worlds: the world that we can measure with line and rule, and 
world that we feel with our hearts and imagination.
					-Leigh Hunt

A good rule for going through life is to keep the heart a little softer
than the head.
					-John Graham

The making of friends who are real friends is the best token we have of a 
man's success in life.
					-Edward Everett Hale

That I may care enough to love enough to share enough to let others become
what they can be.
					-John O'Brien

The mind forgets, but the heart always remembers.

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends
for their sake rather than for our own.
					-Charlotte Bronte

Don't search for flaws in others. Instead, look for love.

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
					-Helen Keller

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
					-Walter Winchell

Let us not love only in words or in talk, but let us put our love in action
and make it real.
					-1 John 3:18

It's hard to give a hug without getting one in return.

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
					-Erich Fromm

Do more than listen; understand.
					-John H. Rhoades

The essence of friendship is the entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.
					-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep well they tongue and keep thy friends.
					-Geoffrey Chaucer

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Everyone needs a hand to hold.

Friendship needs a hand to hold. Why not lend yours?

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage. When 
they are real they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest
thing we know.
					-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sentiments are what unites people, opinions are what separates them.
					-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
					-Benjamin Franklin

Knock your friends often enough, and soon you'll find no one at home.

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.
					-Leigh Hunt

Faith inspires all Christian efforts, but love does the work.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth
and choice.
					-Ben Jonson

If we learn how to give ourselves, to forgive others, and to live with 
thanksgiving, we need not seek happiness. It will seek us.

He who has no fire in himself cannot worm others.

Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.
					-Owen Feltham

Everyone smiles in the same language.

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
					-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best gifts are tied with heartstrings.

The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.
					-Pierre Corneille

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of 
yourself that you truely give.
					-Kahlil Gibran

Life is a series of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
					-Cortia Kent

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how
to get along with people.
					-Theodore Roosevelt

The only true gift is a portion of thyself.
					-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The person next to you is a cluster of memories of the past and expectations
of the future.
					-Rose Snyder

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's
best gifts.
					-Thomas Hughes

Christmas is love that flows from one heart to another.

Live so that memories will be part of your happiness.

Love is when two people say to each other with their eyes,"With me, you don't 
have to be on guard."

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.

Go fourth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in it's life,
mingle kindly with it's joys and sorrows.
					-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with 
them but to reveal their riches to themselves.

A friend is, as it were, a second self.

The peace of the world will in the end depend upon our capacity for friendship
and our willingness to use it.
					-Bertha Conde

The greatest gift you can give another is to allow him to be himself.

A heart filled with love always has something to give.

Try not to become a person of success but rather a person of value.
					-Albert Einstein

Keeping Christmas is good, but sharing it with others is better.

Wanting to have a friend is altogether different from wanting to be a friend.
The former is a mere natural, human craving; the latter is the life of Christ
in the soul.
					-J. R. Miller

When you love somebody, you love them as they are.

Life is an adventure in forgiving.
					-Norman Cousins

Welcome poeple into your life and life will be richer.

Aut inveniam viam aut faciam. (I shall either find a way or make one.)

Suffering may not enhance your life but recovery will.

Just because you feel unlove doesn't mean you are unlovable.

You can get full with food but fufillment comes only with love.

Rage would be destructive and hender survival meaningless. Forgiveness frees 
you to be your own person.

Hate is exhausting
love is possible again

Nobody is weirder than anyone else - some people just take longer to understand.
					-Tom Robbins

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help to create the fact.
					-William James

The secret of wisdom is kindness.
					-Charles B. Haywood

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.
					-Helen Keller

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush; anxious for
greater developments and greater wishes and so on; so that children
have very little time for their parents; parents have very little time
for each other; and the home begins the disruption of the peace of the
Mother Teresa

"I believe that none of us ever fails at anything. Every time we
create something we are successful at creation. However, we do make
some poor choices about what we create." 
Author Unknown

"Possibilities are not important. It is what happens that actually
Philip Sisson

"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the
size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and
relationship to mankind." 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Most people fail in life because they major in minor things." 
Anthony Robbins

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of
life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be
enthusiastic about." 
Charles Kingsley

"Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are
bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest,
deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk and act
yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the
same process you can build up inspiration, excitement and surging
depth of joy." 
Norman Vincent Peale

"Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in." 
Leonard Cohen

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." 
Gandalf the Grey / The Fellowship of the Ring

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in
awhile, you could miss it." 
Ferris Bueller / Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you
didn't do than by the ones you did do ... Explore. Dream. Discover." 
Mark Twain

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles,
have strengthened me ... You may not realize it when it happens, but a
kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." 
Walt Disney

"I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with
better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape
is easier than change." 
Jim Rohn

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I
don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world
are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want,
and, if they can't find them, make them." 
George Bernard Shaw

"The rule for us all is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering
whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do
this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you
loved someone, you will presently come to love him." 
C.S. Lewis

"Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that
shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental counduct produces
power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to
ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon
the direction in which that train of thought is going." 
Laurence J. Peter

"Real happiness is not dependent on external things. The pond is fed
from within. The kind of happiness that stays with you is the
happiness that springs from inward thoughts and emotions. You must
cultivate your mind if you wish to achieve enduring happiness. You
must furnish your mind with interesting thoughts and ideas. For an
empty mind seeks pleasure as a substitute for happiness." 
William Lyons Phelps (paraphrased)

"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 and follow it to the end,
requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes,
I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box
away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're
still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of
the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the
line, to hold them up and say, "How good or how bad am I?" That's
where courage comes in." 
Erma Bombeck

"If you cannot do great things yourself, remember that you may do
small things in a great way." 
Swamy Chinmayananda

"Every second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a
moment that never was before and never will be again. And what do we
teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four
and that Paris is the capital of France. We should say to each of
them, "Do you know who you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In
the millions of years that have passed, there has never been another
child like you." 
Pablo Casals

"Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let fears stand in
the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit
quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we
should keep our mouths shut. Why? After all, we do only go around
once. There's really no time to be afraid. JUST DO IT." 
Nike advertising campaign

"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple
of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself
not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." 
Mary Hemingway

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the
Barbara Hoffman

"Let us make one point... that we meet each other with a smile, when
it is difficult to smile ... Smile at each other, make time for each
Mother Teresa

"The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under
foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your
power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is
deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise you
own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the
center of the world." 
John Burroughs

"I once heard a learned man say 'Every evil has its remedy, except
folly. To reprimand an obstinate fool or to preach to a dolt is like
writing upon the water. Jesus healed the blind, the halt, the
palsied and the leprous. But the fool he could not cure." 
Kahlil Gibran

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for
those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself.
Face the truth." 
Katherine Mansfield

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or
even touched. They must be felt with the heart." 
Helen Keller

"Anyone who thinks sunshine is happiness has never danced in the
Author Unknown

"I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when not feeling it.
I believe in God even when He is silent." 
Author Unknown

"Don't be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience.
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every
discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is
true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which
we shall afterwards carefully avoid." 
John Keats

"The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you
do. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage." 
Author Unknown

"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his
tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to
accomplish his goals." 
Larry Bird

"Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have
searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the
importance of people who have touched their lives." 
Author Unknown

"The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go
deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of
somebody else." 
Arnold Bennett

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from
Author Unknown

"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been
in bed with a mosquito." 
Author Unknown

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