April 26th, 2019 7:49 am
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamt of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible. -Clive Staples Lewis, 'Mere Chr...
April 25th, 2019 7:48 am
"No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living." -Marie Beynon Ray 
The Cambridge dictionary defines enthusiasm as "A feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and a desire to be involved in it, or a subject that produces such a feeling." What usually happens when we do things we are not passionate about? What happens when we are not keen on something but just have to accept it because it is what is available? Your answers to those two questions,...
April 24th, 2019 7:48 am

When Charles Evans Hughes was the Secretary of State of the United States, he was invited to a dinner. Many high-ranking foreign statesmen were also to attend the dinner. The man who was in charge of seating the guests at table asked Mr. Hughes where he wished to be seated. "You never need worry about that in my case," Hughes explained. "The only place I want to be first is at a fire." -J. Maurus, Anecdotes of the Great 

In Mark 9:33-35 we read the following: "They came to Capernaum, an...
April 23rd, 2019 9:15 pm
Jim Caviezel was preparing for the release of his latest faith-themed film, Paul, Apostle of Christ — which was released last spring — in which he plays Luke the Evangelist. As is fitting for the biggest star attached to a picture, he went to FOCUS’ leadership summit (SLS conference) to promote the feature film. The college students were perhaps expecting a speech about the new film, but what they got was a phenomenal call to action that sent shivers down our spines. “The name Saul means...
April 22nd, 2019 9:14 pm
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." -St. Francis of Assisi
A video of a man rescuing an impala from being stuck in the mud warmed many hearts across the world in September last year. Steve Haley, from England, was on a safari at the Kruger National Park in South Africa when he noticed the trapped impala. "I was on my own during a self-safari where I take a tent,...
April 21st, 2019 3:40 pm
"He that will have a perfect brother must resign himself to remaining brotherless." -Italian Proverb 
The words of the Christ in the Gospel account of Mark chapter 8 verse 34 prove to be very instructive here. Jesus, summoning the crowd, says: "If any of you want to come with must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me." Our lives' crowns will be given to us at the end of our days - but not without our having to shoulder our lives' crosses; we shall inherit thrones in...
April 20th, 2019 3:39 pm
The great were once as you.
They whom men magnify today
Once groped and blundered on life's way
Were fearful of themselves, and thought
By magic was men's greatness wrought. 
They feared to try what they could do;
Yet Fame hath crowned with her success
The selfsame gifts that you possess.
-Edgar A. Guest

Imagine having a billion dollars and yet being a vegetable, bedridden in hospital and totally oblivious to the fact that you possess that muc...
April 19th, 2019 3:39 pm
"Why do you read so much?" a friend taunted Abraham Lincoln. "Education has been of no help to you in earning a living." "I am not educating myself to earn a living," Lincoln made it clear. "I am trying to find out what to do with a living if I ever earn it." -J. Maurus, Anecdotes of the Great 
"The fewer the merrier," I always say. "If others refuse to learn, well, we shall leave them behind in our fast-changing world." In the next 20 to 50 years, your job, maybe, would be taken over b...
April 18th, 2019 3:38 pm
"Love beautifies any relationship like a ribbon tied around a present." -Terri Guillemets
There are two kinds of love; we love wise and kind and beautiful people because we need them, but we love (or try to love) stupid and disagreeable people because they need us. The second kind is the more divine because that is how God loves us; not because we are loveable but because He is Love, not because He needs to receive but because He delights to give. -Clive Staples Lewis, from a letter to...
April 17th, 2019 3:37 pm
The Nepalese Army recently removed two tons of waste from Mount Everest under its Mount Everest cleanup campaign. According to the Nepalese Army, the cleanup campaign was launched on April 14, 2019 as part of the 24th annual "Wildlife Week", a programme organised by the Sagarmatha National Park Office. After the cleanup campaign was concluded, the army transported half of the non-biodegradable waste by helicopter to the Blue Waste To Value Company. The remaining ton of waste was taken to the arm...
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