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Monday, 12 September 2016 09:30

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, September 12, 2016

Live gracefully

by Ralph Marston
Live life gracefully rather than fighting against it. Take the path of peace, of strength, of confidence.

To live with wisdom, understand you don’t have all the answers, and no person does. To live with strength, accept and value life as it is, as it comes.

To embed confidence in every activity, know that you already are enough, already have enough to begin making progress. To sustain success, see that the more you lift others up, the more your own life is lifted.

To fill your world with joy, rise above shallow, superficial concerns of ego. Give your attention, your energy to what matters, to all you love.

This day, choose to be rich in the substance of real life. Be authentic in your richness.

Live with grace, with integrity. And live in a way that satisfies the deepest part of you.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:24

September Faith Page Post

As we have already learned this year has been declared the Year of Mercy. It even has a logo, which we have on this page. If one looks at the logo quickly one might think that it is Jesus, the Good Shepherd, but it really isn’t that. It is Jesus carrying the man who was beaten in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus becomes the Good Samaritan. Looking at the logo we see that the middle eye of each figure overlaps the other. The significance is that Jesus sees out of our eyes. He is carrying us. He sees and feels what we do. On the other hand, we see out of Jesus’ eye and he shows us how to see with mercy. Look at the change in the color of the almond shaped circles. Jesus carries the person out of the darkness into the light. Jesus stands on the cross. He carries us from his cross. What a profound message this logo gives us. Do we allow Jesus to carry us and do we in turn carry others?

Bible Vs. Lk. 10:25-27 “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Prayer: Oh most merciful Father, help us to be faithful. Help us to carry the unwanted and the most forgotten to you. Help us to recognize when we need to allow your Son, Jesus to carry us. Help us to be merciful like you.

Spotlight: The only way that we can know what God is saying is by listening. Listening is called prayer. Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio, 44117. You can help us out by attending our clambake on September 17th. Reservations are due by September 12th. Please pick up a form or we can email you one. Fill it out and send it in to reserve your spot. Call 216-481-8232 for the form. Thank you and God bless.

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Monday, 29 August 2016 16:37

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, August 29, 2016

Think you can

by Ralph Marston
You have enough challenges and obstacles working against you. Don’t let your own thoughts work against you too.

Thinking you can do the work doesn’t mean the work will get done. Yet it’s certainly preferable to thinking you can’t.

Do you ever feel that certain conditions prevent you from getting anything done? Imagine what could happen if you took a more positive, enabling view.

If you insist on perfect conditions, you’ll never get much done. So instead of insisting, start adapting.

Decide you can get it done, then get to work. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, give your attention to making progress.

Whatever else is going on, you can put yourself in a positive frame of mind. Think you can, then proceed to do what you think.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Monday, 22 August 2016 09:04

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, August 22, 2016

In charge

by Ralph Marston
Your situation will never make you happy unless you choose to be happy. All the money in the world cannot change the way you feel until you change the way you feel.

No, your feelings do not alter the circumstances. Yet they radically change what you do with the circumstances.

If you feel optimistic, you will see the opportunities and seize them. If you feel despair, you will find plenty of reasons to confirm your feelings.

So which will it be? How will you choose to see the world, your life, your situation today?

For every person, crafting a life of quality and fulfillment is difficult work. Your attitude determines whether that work results in reward or punishment.

You’re in charge of the one factor that decides how to handle all the other factors. Choose the most beneficial outcome by choosing the most positive perspective.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Monday, 15 August 2016 12:13

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, August 15, 2016

Positive options

by Ralph Marston
Instead of worrying about the worst that could happen, accept that it could indeed happen. Then put positive energy into making sure it doesn’t, or positioning yourself to successfully deal with things if it does.

Sure, you have perfectly valid concerns about the future. But don’t let those concerns prevent you from taking action.

Now is not the time to panic or give up. Now is when you can work to give yourself positive options.

The sooner you accept that there could eventually be a problem, the more power you have in dealing with it. You can strengthen yourself, or get out of the way, or implement countless other strategies to ensure a positive future.

Worrying, complaining, feeling sad or sorry for yourself won’t do you any good. Choose instead to be realistic, putting thought, energy and action into creating the best outcome.

Focus on the good things you can do right now, to prepare, to grow stronger, to prosper. Face the future with courage and with the commitment to create positive options no matter what may come.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at


Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Monday, 08 August 2016 10:42

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, August 8, 2016

Let go of anger

by Ralph Marston
In today’s world, there’s no shortage of things to make you angry. But is angry really the way you want to be?

Anger certainly grabs your attention, heightening your awareness, giving a burst of energy. Yet once that happens, anger has nothing more to offer.

Maintaining anger will drain your energy. And what you get in return is nothing of any value.

Be angry if you must, then quickly let the anger go. Free yourself to respond in a way that’s beneficial and effective.

Don’t let yourself be trapped by anger and forced into a destructive reaction. Step away from the desire for revenge or punishment, and find a positive response.

Focus on the good you can do, on the positive difference you can make. Leave anger behind as you move forward with the commitment to make things better.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at


Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:03


Have you ever noticed doors? Yes, doors. We walk, run, tiptoe, saunter through all different kinds of doors. Do we ever think about what is on the other side of the door? How do we walk through the office door of the doctor? Will it be different if we are the patient or the care giver? How does a student approach the door of the classroom? How do we walk through the grocery store door? It even opens for us. What about the theater door? Usually, our knowledge of what is on the other side of the door determines our attitude and our approach. Pope Francis declared this year the year of Mercy and a year of jubilee. He has declared that every diocese should have a dedicated Door of Mercy. So during this year, if one should walk through this door and pray certain prayers, they will receive a special blessing of mercy. How would you walk through this door? Who is waiting on the other side? In the case of the Door of Mercy, Jesus is waiting to spend some time with you.

Bible Vs. “Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, KNOCK, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matt. 7: 7-8

Prayer: Lord Jesus, hold us by the hand and guide us to walk through the right doors. Lord, guide us to your Door of Mercy. Help us to do your will and to share your message with other.

Local Spotlight: Come through the Holy Door of the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Cleveland at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, and St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. At Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, we will have the novena Assumption August 7th through August 15th. Come and pray with us. We will have the rosary at 7:00 PM followed by Mass.

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:40

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, July 25, 2016

Active participation

by Ralph Marston
Don’t let this be a time you look back on with regret for not doing more. Make this a day you recall with satisfaction for all you were able to do.

Even if you don’t particularly feel like making the effort, you can make the effort nonetheless. Even if a dozen obstacles stand in your way, you can step forward and make progress.

Fill the moments with effective action, not lame excuses. Today will only be available to you today, so use it while you can.

Demonstrate your gratitude for the life you treasure by doing something valuable with it. Express your love for all you care about by offering your active support.

You are here right now with knowledge, skills, resources, energy, and a desire to matter. Give yourself and your world something to show for it all.

Your future begins in this moment. Fill it with meaningful richness through your active participation.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at


Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 08:57

The Daily Motivator Message

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, July 18, 2016

Thankful no matter what

by Ralph Marston
Whatever you are thankful for gains value from your thankfulness. Whatever you appreciate becomes more useful and accessible by virtue of your appreciation.

You get much more from life when you appreciate what you already have. That’s true for relationships, resources, skills, situations and experiences.

The circumstances hardest to appreciate are where appreciation can make the greatest positive difference. Find a way to appreciate, and you find your way to new value.

Goodness comes into your life in countless forms. Gratitude takes you to the heart of goodness, no matter how it appears on the outside.

It’s easy to be thankful for the pleasant things, and certainly a good idea to do so. Yet it is even more empowering and transformative to be thankful for all the other things.

Find a way to be thankful, no matter what. You’ll find new value each time you do.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

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