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Monday, 01 February 2016 08:56

Motivational Monday 2-1-16

Great living to do

by Ralph Marston

Stop waiting for the right time and make this the right time. Stop begging for permission and give yourself permission to live an outstanding life filled with all the experiences and joys you want to have.

You don’t have to hope for a lucky break. You just have to step forward, take your destiny in your own hands, and do the work to give your own unique vision to this world.

Right now, right in front of you are actions you can take and positive differences you can make. Don’t hesitate another minute to get started making the most of what you already have.

Throw the doubts and excuses out the window and throw yourself into creating new value and goodness. You know you can do it, and you know how great it will feel.

You’ve already made the massive investment of your whole life to get to this point. Now, do something worthy of all that time and effort.

Raise your expectations, step beyond your doubts, and engage your passion. You have a lot of great living to do, and now is when to do it.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:25

Shrine Spotlight 1-28-16

We will soon be celebrating the unofficial holiday called Valentine’s Day February 14th.  Known as the day for lovers. Even though the greeting card companies have made it an obligation to send your loved one a Valentine’s Day card the day is all about a different kind of love.  Valentine was an actual person.  He lived in Rome in the days when it was against the law to be a Christian.  Valentine would send messages to Christians who had been arrested.  These messages were in the form of a heart and they were even dyed red to symbolize the love and sacrifice of Jesus for these Christians who in most cases would rather give up their lives than their faith.  The hearts would be smuggled into the prison so that these Christians would be aware of the prayers and support of the Christian communities.  Eventually it was discovered that Valentine was the person responsible for this and he too was killed.  So Valentine’s Day has a deeper meaning than what we attribute to it. Why don’t we put a little more meaning into this day then the one dictated to us by society? Come up to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, visit the gift shop and send out that Valentine’s Day card, but give it a religious twist.  It would have a much deeper meaning.

Monday, 25 January 2016 08:09

Motivational Monday 1-25-15

Live where you are

by Ralph Marston

Stop worrying over things you can do nothing about. Instead, put your awareness and energy into positive efforts to improve those things you can influence.

You have what it takes to successfully get through this minute, and then to get through the next minute, and the next. One moment at a time, one hour at a time, one day, one week, one month at a time, you can move forward.

If you feel overwhelmed, keep in mind that much of that feeling comes from focusing on things outside this moment. Pull your focus back into the moment you’re in, and see all the good things you can now do.

It’s great to plan for and work toward the future, but it’s draining to attempt to always live there. Live where you are, when you are, making good use of what you have when you now have it.

Don’t waste the possibilities of today fretting over the uncertainties of tomorrow. You are alive, aware and able right now, so put it all to good use.

Be inspired by the beauty, empowered by the abundance, and urged on by the possibilities of now. Live now, live fully, and put yourself in the best position for all the good things to come.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:57

Local Spotlight 1-19-15

Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to get the Lord’s perspective in your life.  Just come up and visit from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM (see our website for specifics or attend our novena February 3 until February 11, 7:00 PM rosary followed by Mass.  As Pope Francis tells us, it is time for Mercy. Hungry? We also have the French toast breakfast Sunday, February 7th after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:45 AM.   

Monday, 18 January 2016 08:20

Monday Motivation 1-18-15

All better

by Ralph Marston

If you try to make it all better all at once you’ll end up frustrated. But you can make it a little bit better, and then a little bit more, and then a little bit more.

If you are fifty pounds overweight you won’t be able to lose all that weight by next week. Yet you can lose a pound or two, and then more the next week, and so on until you’ve reached the goal.

Just because you can’t do it all at once is no reason to be dismayed. In fact it is a good reason to go ahead and do what you do can right now.

Time will dependably pass and you can use every moment of that time to make progress. The incremental progress you make will quickly add up.

An hour from now, you can be one step closer to your goal than you were before. Take that step now, and then be ready to take the next one.

Put time on your side by putting it to use, doing what you can, when you can. Start now, take control of your destiny, and keep going.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:25

Prayer of the Day 1-14-15

Prayer: Almighty God, help me to see myself as I really am and to put things into perspective.  Help me to forgive myself so that I can forgive others.  Let me see with your eyes.  Help me to get out of your way. Amen

Monday, 11 January 2016 08:15

Shrine Spotlight 1-11-15

Recently the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted an exhibit of the impressionists Monet to Matisse.  Cleveland was the only location of this particular exhibit in the United States.  Tickets were very difficult to get.  The museum extended the hours of the exhibit and still it was sold out.  The emphasis of the display was on the garden works of many impressionists.  The art work was simply breathtaking. It was explained that many of these paintings were created in response to the ugliness of war.  If you know anything about impressionistic art when you look at it close up, you see splotches of colors.  When you stand back you see the subjects of the work: family, flowers and a sense of appreciation of God’s gift to all of us.  That is like life when we look at a situation up close we only see a small fraction of it.  Not until we stand back and look at it in perspective do we really see what the picture actually is.  We see not only the problems, but also the gifts that God has given us. Let’s put life in perspective.

Friday, 08 January 2016 10:42

Prayer of the Day 1-8-15

Prayer:  Lord help us to know your true love for us and for the world.  Help us to love as you love; thereby, bringing peace to the world.  Help us to reveal your love to all people.  Amen

Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:25

Bible Vs. 1-7-15

Be merciful as your Father is merciful… Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you…  For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.  Lk. 6:36-38

Happy New Year!  A new year is a new beginning, and many people begin this new year, this new beginning, with resolutions.  Most resolutions reflect our wanting to be better people, whether in health, by losing a few pounds or in character by being kinder to those folks that we meet.  Pope Francis has declared this new year a jubilee year of Mercy.  It is like making a resolution that all of us need to be more merciful to ourselves and to those around us.  How can we do this?  First we might want to improve our relationship with God.  We need to want what God wants.  God shows us how to live with compassion, love and joy.  How about we just start with being patient in the grocery store line when we get the clerk in training?  We can graduate to the more difficult stuff later. 

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