Death often is a cul-de-sac, a one-way street, a dead end. When death comes to man, there usually is no turning back. That is why we must never take the gift of life for granted, never waste even a moment for each one is precious, and never underestimate an opportunity to do good. Be the best you can before death lays its icy hands on you.
Every parent has the capacity of becoming a superhero or superheroine in the life of a child, whether biologically related or not. It is the parents who accept such responsibility, doing their best to be exemplary, that make our world as good as it is, and it is those who fail at this all-important job who, often, leave us with the burden of having to deal with the bad nuts in society that we all abhor.
The love of God is exemplified by the Cross on which Jesus hung: first, it is vertical, which represents the love God has for us, and which we, too, must strive to show to Him for His supreme goodness to us; then, it is horizontal, depicting the love that ought to exist and be shared among all of us, the children of our One Father in heaven.
The only real way in which a man can find genuine joy, inner peace, contentment, harmony with all men and all of nature and be as fruitful as he possibly can is when he offers himself, his whole life, to God, like a libation, surrendering his ways, in every way, to the One who is the Source of everything good.
Self-discovery is the first chapter in the book of self-recovery. We all tend to lose ourselves to some extent in life owing to societal dictates and familial expectations and sometimes, even, our own mistaken beliefs. That is why we all, at some point, need to rediscover ourselves for who we truly are - what we are really meant to be - in order to rekindle that flame which has been extinguished in us all this while.
Life is not about avoiding or sidestepping challenges. No. It is about facing and overcoming them. Some things we should avoid. That's true. But many of the things we shy away from in life often are the very things that will lead us to the fulfillment we seek. But how, then, do we expect to be properly rounded, diamonds in the rough that we are, if life does not polish us often with the friction of adversity?
Love that shines through no matter how dark the clouds that hang over our lives; love that stands out for us even when all others fail us; love that feels our pain when life gets insane; love that accommodates our weaknesses and makes us feel we can achieve anything we put our minds to: such love can only be of the sort that God has given to the angels we call our mothers. God richly bless them all!
A vessel that is full cannot hold any additional water; in the same way, hands that clutch at many things cannot grasp anything else. That is exactly how life is. Oftentimes we must let go of the old in order to secure the new; we must let go of what is in order to get what will be. Let the river of life carry away what it will; learn to let go in life and you will get back more abundantly.
Everyone is a bridge on which some other people are meant to tread on to their destinies. How? Someone is meant to be a mentor to another; another person has been placed in someone else's life to use his financial resources to help her through school or help him start a business; yet another person is an encouraging force that will spur some child on to monumental achievements. Everyone counts, you see.