The Long Shadow
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“It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much to teach him to hate.” - Servant of God Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, 1886-1948


“Christian charity does not consist in the shedding of tears, or in mere preaching, but rather in the doing of that which we preach, and in the actual alleviation of the conditions that bring about those tears.” - Father Edward Flanagan


I was planning on feeling poorly today. I was well on my way. I was getting ready to lean into it. Then, some things came up. I got distracted from feeling lousy. I just remembered. Oh well. Too late now.

Raw courage is at its core, the entry level requirement for any venture into the dark unknown where life is an adventure and hope is alive.

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces." - Judith Viorst

"... I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you." - II Corinthians 7:16b

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"Exhaust the little moment,
For soon it dies.
And be it gash or gold,
It will not come again
In this identical guise. "
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Retweeted Peter Voogd (@PeterVoogd23):
Be good to people for no reason.

"Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along and do it." -Thelonius Monk

Retweeted Friar Nick (@FrNickOFMConv):
"There is a light that never goes out..."

Retweeted William Shakespeare (@Wwm_Shakespeare):
I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.

Retweeted Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM):
“Break her down.”
—Mortal Man
“Raise her up.”
—Son of God
Taking her by the hand He said to her, “Talitha Cumi” which means, “Little girl, I say to you arise.” Mark 5:41

Retweeted Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes):
John 21. It was beside a charcoal fire that Peter denied Jesus.
It's no mistake that it's by a charcoal fire that Jesus restores Peter.
There is always more grace in Jesus than there is sin in me or you.
" Oh, grant us help against the foe,
for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes."
(Psalm 60:11-12 ESV)