Category Archives: Inspiration

the glory of God is…

The most oft-cited quote from Saint Irenaeus is from the fourth book of the Adversus Haereses and it runs as follows:

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“the glory of God is a human being fully alive.” – St. Irenaeus

An engraving of St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)
Bishop and Martyr
Born AD 130
Smyrna in Asia Minor (modern-day ?zmir, Turkey)
Died AD 202 (aged 72)
Lugdunum in Gaul (modern-day Lyons, France)

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The Art Of Being Yourself

First lets just pause for a moment and embrace her SWAGG. She’s really orig! So I think she knows what shes talking about when she says be yourself and you’ll be a blazing star.

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Emote, Extend, Exercise

Jane Ransom helps people build great relationships with themselves, their partners and the rest of the world. As a coach and speaker, she draws on the latest brain science, while using true stories to teach and to inspire. A professional hypnotist, Jane specializes in the subconscious mind, that hard-to-pin-down part of ourselves that guides our feelings, thoughts and behavior.

3 keys:
emote: fire up the hypocampus (brain center of learning and memory)
extend gratitude: include other people – spark the most highly evolved part of the brain devoted to social intelligence
exercise: repetition (daily gratitude)

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Practice Being Grateful Everyday

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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2016 Advent Begins

20161127_225238 Let Us Prepare for the Potter To Come

Isaiah’s image: “Yet, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you are the potter: we are all the work of your hands.”

Accept and trust
then the work will be done

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Happiness is all in your mind

Gen Kelsang Nyema at TEDxGreenville 2014

Simple, profound truths are the realm of this Buddhist nun. Her message? The gift of happiness truly lies within our own hearts and minds. Gen Kelsang Nyema, exuding a peacefulness that immediately connects with the audience, starts by asking three questions: Are you having a good day? Why? Tomorrow, would you rather have a good day or a bad day? She teaches that we cannot put our happiness at the whim of other people and of circumstances. If we want to be happy, we have to “stop outsourcing our happiness to other people” and cultivate a source of inner peace. What happens next is quite astounding. The whole crowd of 350+ people proceeds to meditate with Nyema. There’s a little squirming at first, but as she leads the audience through a calm citation of how to rest the mind, audience members feel a collective relaxation flow into the room and through the people. Fascinating! Refreshing.

This talk was part of TEDxGreenville UNZIPPED, held April 11, 2014, at the Kroc Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Chip and Joanna Light My Way

These 2 are incredible to follow their adventure with God. “Acting out and living out, says Joanna. Healthier to be out there, instead of in my mind.” This is a Christ quote if I ever heard one. Use your qualities and enhance our human experience. We are all God’s creations and have much value to add. Through their marriage, they inspired each other to be better. Its amazing when you actually do what you are made for.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Cross


The Mercy Year is about change
about uncovering misleadings
about doing the work
about feeling God’s abundant love and mercy
about merciful forgiveness

Mercy is doing the hard work of forgiving love

God’s Mercy went into the Cross
God went into the sin
He did the work
Fought the battle

forgiveness is hard work
taking upon sin and conquering it
swallowing it up

divine love unleashes power
conquering the world
power of the divine mercy correcting sin from the inside

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Saint Catherine of Siena

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Luke In Medjugorje Lights My Way

IMG_3096It is good to have holy places in the world and good for us to go on pilgrimages. Ultimately it is what you feel from the place that is lasting. Visiting the place is to plant a seed, to change within yourself is to watch it grow. IMG_3182When people visit a holy place, some say that the spirits of the place speak to them, others remember the sites and sounds of the exotic landscapes and traditions. Letting your heart be moved by what you experience allows you to receive the true treasures.

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