Irish Capuchins Overseas Missions

Thought for the Day

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909)

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God's Compassion and Kindness

In the Palm
Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the LORD comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
(Isaiah 49:13–16)
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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

(Audrey Hepburn)

Please read the following slowly. Then read it again slowly, this time substituting
  • "Christian" for "Jew",
  • "the Church" for "the people Israel" and
  • "religion" for "Judaism".
Do you have a difficulty in saying all or any of this? If so, why?
I am a Jew because my faith demands no abdication of the mind.
I am a Jew because my faith demands all the devotion of my heart.
I am a Jew because wherever there is suffering, the Jew weeps.
I am a Jew because whenever there is despair, the Jew hopes.
I am a Jew because the message of our faith is the oldest and the newest.
I am a Jew because the promise of our faith is a universal promise.
I am a Jew because for the Jew the world is not completed; people must complete it.
I am a Jew because for the Jew humanity is not fully created; people must complete it.
I am a Jew because the faith of the people Israel places humanity above nations,
above Judaism itself.
I am a Jew because the faith of the people Israel places above humanity,
which is the image of the Divine,
the Oneness of God Himself.

(From Siddur Sim Shalom – Jewish Prayerbook)


People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves
without wondering."

St. Augustine


A young boy came to his Grandfather, full of anger at a friend who had done him an injury. The old Grandfather said to him, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.
"But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."
He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.
"But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The smallest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.
"Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."
The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."

From an old Native American tale

Be careful in judging

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

― Albert Einstein

Sharing in discussion and thought:
this is what living together would seem to mean in the case of man,
and not, as in the case of cattle, feeding in the same place.

Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics §9:9


Hope has two beautiful daughters.
Their names are Anger and Courage;
Anger at the way things are, and
Courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

St. Augustine

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Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are as red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

(Isaiah 1:18)
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
the firmament proclaims the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19)
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