Pretty much anything you can imagine is eventually possible. Yet what you can act upon immediately is whatever is now possible.
Act to transform current possibilities into reality, and you create whole new sets of possibilities. Continue to act on those new possibilities you create, and you can make your way to any result.
By all means, look with determination toward the ultimate goal you seek. Then look around, where you are, and embrace the current possibilities that can move you toward that goal.
When there is just one possibility within reach, then no possibility can continue to stay out of reach. And wherever you are, whatever way you’ve traveled, there is always one possibility within reach.
You don’t have to figure out how to get all the way there. You just have to take one step, available to you right now, that will move you in the direction of your goal.
Take that step, and then the next and the next. By embracing and actualizing your current possibilities, you can achieve whatever you choose.
— Ralph Marston
On the top floor of the building at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine there is a room with windows on three sides. The view is, needless to say, spectacular. One of the windows faces a bank of very tall trees. It is very reflective to just sit and watch the trees which seem to move at the mercy of the wind. In reality, the trees move, not at the mercy of the wind, but with the wind.
This movement changes with the seasons. Each season brings its own particular force; a pelting rain, a gentle drizzle, a blizzard, the first hint of snow, hail and all that these forces of nature have to offer. If one looks at the uppermost branches of the tree those branches are affected most by the changing of seasons. Those top branches are the spindliest, and look as if in the force of the wind that they might break off, but they don’t. Their movement suggests that the branches are dancing. They might be waltzing with each other, dancing a lively polka or slow dancing in the heat of the afternoon. All in all, it is a beautiful meditation.
These movements of nature serve as a metaphor for life. We too are at the top of the tree. We live our lives in the company of others. Our living is like dancing with other people. We too are fragile, but if we bend when life throws its worst at us we will not break. Sometimes we are graceful, sometimes so quick that we seem frenetic in our movements. If we consider God as the director of the movements and we move with and not against the elements, like the spindly branches, we will not break either. If we allow God to help us in our dance then we will grow just as the branches grow for the next season. Perhaps we will not understand the steps of the dance, but if we let God lead, we too will be a picture of beauty.
Bible Vs.: Psalm 149: 1, 3-4
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with timbrel and harp and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.
Prayer: O, Lord let me allow you to direct my life. Let me praise you for my success and let me find comfort in you for my failures. For when I stiffen at your urgings in my life it is then that I become unhappy and break. You always pick me up and put me back together. Lord, help me to have the courage and faith to follow your lead.
Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to follow the Lord’s lead in your life. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, visit the gift shop open daily. Come to daily Mass Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:00 AM, Tuesday at 5:00 PM, Saturday at 8:00 AM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:30 AM, with the 9:30 AM Mass outdoor. On Sundays, May through October have breakfast at St. Ann Dining Room from after the 9:30 AM Mass until 11:30 AM and lunch from noon until 2:30 PM. Let the Lord lead you here.
With the summer weather, almost everyone is planning outdoor activities. At Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine every Sunday, May through October we have a 9:30 AM Mass that is supposed to be outside as well as 4:00 PM rosary devotions that should be held outside.
Of course, the weather doesn’t always lend itself to holding the event outdoors. Sometimes it is too hot, too windy, too cold, too wet. It is rarely “just right.” Most of the time there is a plan B for the event. At the Shrine, it would be to hold the event in chapel. If you have a backyard event perhaps you make a dash for the garage as the rain comes.
Before the event do you ever find yourself obsessing over doppler radar? Do you have weather alerts set for your phone so that you can be prepared? Do you spend the day constantly watching the rain patterns, checking rain percentages and the night before not sleeping because there is a 50% chance of rain? Have you ever changed your event venue because doppler said a 90% chance of rain? What happens when the predicted weather doesn’t come at 10:30 AM, as predicted? Do you panic?
Whatever happened to making plans and just hoping for the best? How about taking what comes when it comes. Even if we keep looking at that radar and checking the “window of opportunity” can we change it?
Is doppler ever wrong? What do we do then? Perhaps a less stressful way to live is to put everything in God’s hands. Can we change the weather? How many other things do we worry about that we really can’t change? After you have been called back for a second interview is worry going to help you get the job? After the CAT scan is worry going to prevent the discovery of a tumor? There are so many things that we can’t do anything about, but there is someone who can do something about it. There is someone that we can share our anxiety with to help us get through the uncertainty. That person is God. How do we speak to Him? We speak to Him through prayer. The next time you find yourself obsessing about something that you couldn’t possibly change put all those worries in God’s hands. Allow God to affect your life. God’s solution is something that will totally astound us. The thing is He is just waiting for us to ask.
You have life, and you have this day. Realize the massive extent of your opportunity, and jump into positive action now.
You have awareness, creativity, skill, knowledge, passion and purpose. Put it all into action, and transform the fleeting moments into lasting treasure.
You’re much better than any flimsy excuses that might threaten to hold you back. You’re highly determined, able to slough off distractions and get great work done.
Take action, and in just a few minutes you’ll have momentum on your side. Keep it up, and by the end of the day you’ll have new achievements to show for your effort.
Sure, the challenges are real and difficult. Even so, you have much more going for you than against you.
Offer yourself and the whole world a great big smile for all the positive possibilities. And make those possibilities real by giving them your energy and action, now.
— Ralph Marston
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Allow, appreciate, accept all that is, as it is, and make a beautiful moment. Let beauty touch you, let joy flow generously from you, and be in this beautiful moment.
Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don’t let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.
Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.
What has come before is now a memory, and what will come next is not yet real. This is the time to live, to act, to be thankful, to enjoy, in this beautiful moment.
Let the wonder that’s found in every corner of life amaze you. Let the love, the possibilities, the unique substance in your own life inspire you.
Right here and now, with all that’s going on, make a beautiful moment in your life. Then move forward with the peace, the purpose, the joy and strength to make a whole lot more.
— Ralph Marston
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Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, Ohio 44117
Dear Friend, June 7, 2017
We hope that all is well with you and your family. We at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine would once again like to invite you, to The Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Steak Roast. We hope that you had the chance to attend last year and can return this year. Of course please bring a friend or friends.
The Steak Roast will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM (serving times). All tickets will be sold by reservation only, due by July 9, 2017, RSVP only no refunds. The menu will consist of a grilled 8oz. steak, corn on the cob, baked potato, salad, dessert, bread and butter and coffee or tea. One ticket will be $20 for the dinner and a chance at three $100 drawings to be held 5:30 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:00 PM. A ticket for just the dinner is $15. There will be an opportunity to purchase more tickets for the $100 raffle at $5 per ticket. The price for the basket raffle this year will be one ticket for $1.00 and 6 tickets for $5.00.
It takes an astronomical amount of funds to just maintain the Shrine. We have had many unforeseen problems such as a new chapel roof, a new arch by the Stations, replacement of the back porch and steps, repair of multiple water lines just to name a few so we appreciate the support that you give us by attending these fundraisers. Thank you for your generous help.
If you feel so inclined and it is within your means, then please sponsor a Sister by paying for their ticket. Thank you if you can. Enclosed you will find a reservation form. Feel free to copy that form for your friends. All of you remain in our prayers.
God’s blessings, The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, OH. 44117
Annual Steak Roast
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Serving from 4:30-6:45 PM
Grilled 8oz steak Corn on the cob Baked Potato
Salad Bread & Butter Coffee/Tea
By Reservation Only-due July 9, 2017
(Tickets will be picked up at the door)
Tickets for dinner and raffle (three drawings for $100.00 each) will be $20.00. Tickets for dinner only will be $15.00. You may purchase extra raffle tickets for $5 per ticket at the dinner. (No Refunds)
The price of the basket raffle tickets this year will be 1 ticket for
$1.00 and 6 for $5.00. (Keep this portion as a reminder)
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, Ohio 44117
SUNDAY, JUNE 18th
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
Gather in the Chapel at 3:45 PM
(3:45 PM Procession, 4:00 PM Rosary followed by Benediction)
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE
21281 CHARDON RD.
EUCLID, OHIO 44117
Thursday: April 20, May 18,
4:30 PM-6:45 PM
Pasta, Meatballs, Salad or Apple Sauce, Bread and Butter, Coffee or Tea
ALL ARE WELCOME
Don’t make it a chore. Make it a joy.
Instead of avoiding the effort, what if you could be thankful for the opportunity to do it? Instead of resenting the effort, imagine filling it with your own joy.
Each moment is what you choose to make of it. What influences it more than the time, the place, the circumstance, is your attitude.
Be good to yourself and be much more effective at what you’re doing. Find a way to put joy into it.
Let go of blame, worry, anxiety, distraction, and let yourself focus on joyful completion of the task. Feel great about being you, right here, right now, in this situation, able to do what you must do.
You have work to do, and you might as well get the very most out of the time you spend at it. Put joy into it and get maximum value out of it.
— Ralph Marston
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Living at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is like living among nature in the middle of a city. Look around and one sees chipmunks, deer, racoons, squirrels and all kinds of birds. Walking down one of the sidewalks an unusual thing happened. A bird walked with me down the sidewalk. Birds usually fly away when approached by humans.
As I was walking I noticed that this bird was on the walk with me. It kept up with my pace. When I stopped it stopped. When I looked down it looked up right at me. When I reached my destination, it looked at me swiveled its head and flew away.
What an unusual occurrence! I didn’t know that birds did that.
The experience reminded me of the children’s book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I hope that you remember it. A mother bird flies away to look for food leaving her hatchling in the nest certain that the hatchling will stay in the nest. The baby bird leaves the nest looking for its mother. Having never seen his mother the baby bird even walks by his mother not recognizing her. He asks a kitten, hen, dog and a cow if they are his mother, only to be disappointed that they are not. Finally, he climbs onto a power shovel totally frustrated, asking it if it his mother. There is a happy ending. The power shovel places the little bird in his nest and he and his mother are reunited.
I believe that this is our story of our search for God the Father. We are the hatchling. We are sometimes so independent that we go in search of the happiness that the Father promises, only to find that we left the nest too soon. We need to be brought along slowly learning the lessons of the Father. We don’t recognize the Father along the way because we have not bothered to see him, to look in his eyes, to be nourished by him. We search and experience all the wrong things only to be finally frustrated and await our “power shovel” to rescue us. Where do we find our nourishment our sense of security? We find it in the “nest” of the Father. Let’s see if we can stay grounded and grow in the love of the Father in the house of the Father on his timetable. Only then can we grow to be what we were meant to be.
Bible Vs. 14: 25-28 “These things I have spoken to you, while I was still with you. But the Counselor the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Prayer: O dearest Father, help us to love you more and more. Every time we deepen our love for you then we know your Spirit even deeper. Only then do we recognize you. Help us to be patient and learn every lesson that you wish to teach us. Remind us that we are your children and that it is so natural to run into your open arms. O, Father help us to be all that you want us to be. Amen
Spotlight: Please come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and see all the nature that is here. Take some time out to pray. Also help us to keep the Shrine such a desirable place. We will be having a Pasta Dinner Thursday, June 16th 4:30 PM-6:45 PM Tickets $8.50. Also, please come to our Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession at 3:45 PM on Sunday, June 18th. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 216-481-8232. COME PRAY WITH US!
The Daily Motivator message for
Deal with life
You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.
Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.
Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.
Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.
Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.
Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.