“It is important to know that I can always continue to hope, even if in my own life, or the historical period in which I am living, there seems to be nothing left to hope for. Only the great certitude of hope that my own life and history in general, despite all failures, are held firm by the indestructible power of Love, and that this gives them their meaning and importance, only this kind of hope can then give the courage to act and to persevere.”—Spe Salvi (via smyl)
I finished reading book 7 last night (not for the first time). Deathly Hallows socks me right in the core of my being — somewhere between the gut and the heart-strings, I think. So just go ahead and do your thing, world. I’ll just watch. Don’t mind me. Can’t do real life just now.
It’s bad enough when I get to the end of one novel … but a heptalogy!!!
“Teach me, Lord, what You require of me with regard to the poor and needy of this world. Fill my heart with Your compassion and keep me steadfast in following Jesus. Give me Your gift of happiness in all I do, that Your life in me may be attractive to those I meet. Amen.”—A prayer of St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910 - 1997), whose feast day is 5 September! (credit where credit is due)
“DARE to be mediocre.”—Take running, for example. You’ll probably never be a contender — international, national, regional, or big-fish-in-small-pond. But since doing SOMETHING is better than doing NOTHING, even being mediocre will be good for you. Get over yourself. Get moving. (via kissthethistle)
“Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face."
“To our departed brothers and sisters, too, and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing from this life, give kind admittance into your kingdom.”—
From the intercessions of Eucharistic Prayers 2 and 3 in the “new” (2010) translation.