Strive always to preserve freedom of spirit, so that you need do nothing with the view of pleasing the world, and that no fear of displeasing it will have power to shake your good resolutions.
Venerable Louis de Blois
A simple thought, inspiring words, an informative passage – written over a beautiful image – Read it, ponder it…. and act upon it.
Images © Elena Perrotta. www.precioustreasures.com.au
When life gives us a downpour of tasks, deadlines or situations that seem too difficult to handle I try to remember this quote.
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St Francis of Assisi
We all need encouragement from time to time especially when we’re faced with ‘mountains’ which we believe can’t be moved.
To believe a thing impossible is to make it so. French Proverb
Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet. Anonymous
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! Audrey Hepburn
Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing. G. M. Trevelyan
I’m not always quick to remember these quotes but I do try, and when I remember I do find it easier to deal with the ‘mountain’. One small step after another and before you know it the job is done and sometimes you’ve accomplished something way beyond your expectations. It is so true when St. Francis finished off his quote by saying ‘and suddenly you are doing the impossible’.
It’s also true when Walt Disney said
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Encourage one another.
Mother Angelica, born into eternal life on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 5:00p.m.
While the world mourns and sends tributes for the passing of Mother Angelica, I would like pay my tribute, in a small way, with a few of my favourite quotes from Mother Angelica. I will remember her as an amazing and inspirational woman. Her words and teachings were always down-to-earth and in the Spirit, full of encouragement, and given in love. She was close to the Heart of Jesus, having a trusting, child-like relationship with her Lord … and her desire to do God’s will was contagious.
Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.
Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.
Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: ‘St.’ It’s a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a lifetime, and you don’t get your diploma until you’re dead.
May Mother Angelica live on in our hearts. The best tribute we could give would be that her work continues on through the legacy she left behind.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let the perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
For up-to-date news on Mother Angelica or to learn more about her life and work please visit the following websites –
EWTN – Mother Angelica
The purpose of this post to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. Since 2008 Victoria’s State Parliament introduced the most draconian abortion laws in Australia, and in the world. (See Abortion Law Reform Act 2008) The saddest thing next to this law being passed is that the general Victorian population is unaware of how severe the abortion issue is here. The time hasn’t come quickly enough to do something about it.
Accurate statistics on abortion in Australia is difficult to find because it seems that no precise figures are kept on abortion anywhere in Australia. The three most populous States, NSW, Victoria and Queensland do not keep any statistics on abortion; And although WA, SA and NT collect abortion statistics it only reflects abortions from which a Medicare rebate has been claimed. Some information can be found on the internet, most of which is not current data but may give an idea of how many abortions have been carried out in Australia. What happens in this procedure? What happens in failed abortions where babies are born alive? Does the unborn baby feel any pain? What happens to the bodies and pieces of aborted babies? What of the effects of this surgery on the mother? How much information and/or support is given to the mother? What are the reasons for each abortion and what are the statistics per reason?
We can find a mountain of statistics from the AIHW (Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and well-being), over a variety of categories, such as Surgery in Australia – we can find out who had the surgery, and how many were involved in emergency or elective admissions, the reasons for the admissions, and the care that was provided … but no statistics on abortion.
We can find statistics on which animals are responsible for causing the most human deaths in Australia (NCIS); or from the RSPCA we can find national statistics on Animals received by each RSPCA Society and reasons for euthanasia of dogs and cats etc …but something as sacred as human life within the womb, and the life carrying the unborn baby, seems to have no significance or importance here at all. What of the woman who is about to go through the abortion surgery – what of the health, well-being and care for her? Where are the statistics? Members in government don’t want to know how many unborn babies have been aborted, the reasons for the abortion, how many have been born alive and left to die, or even the physical, emotional and mental health effects this operation may have on the mother. They can avoid collecting statistics and ignore it all but the facts backed by medical science are still present, they will stand and won’t go away even if not collected in a tidy statistical format.
It is time now to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins.
As stated on the website –
This is the first formal attempt at pro-life legislation in Victoria in decades, and the first legislative attempt to remedy the abortion law reforms of 2008.
Under this Bill:
• Abortions would no longer be allowed from the 20th week of pregnancy.
• Infant viability will be promoted and supported (all infants born alive from the 20th week of pregnancy on-wards, including as the result of a medical emergency, must be cared for with the intent to save the infant’s life if at all possible).
• Mothers who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, who present in distress to their doctor must be offered practical support, for example a referral to a pregnancy support service offering holistic care (such as counselling, social and practical support).
• Penalties will be introduced for physicians who breach the new laws and for medical facilities in which the laws are breached.
• Mothers will not be criminalised or face any penalties.
Come and join the good fight and lend your support behind this worthwhile cause and help get this Bill passed. Watch this video, visit the Infant Viability Bill website (and register to keep up-to-date with the news) and please pass it on to others.
A call to action video based on the current Abortion Laws here in Victoria Australia
Infant Viability Bill
On Instagram – The 20 Week Movement
I have been pondering a few quotes from two women with beautiful hearts, who were doers and respected dignity for all. For me, the above quote is a favoured and inspiring one from St. Mary MacKillop. It’s a short and simple sentence and yet it says so much. How quick can we be to judge and criticise people for anything at all? How often would we stop to think about whether those we’re criticising are in some kind of need?
There’s a story of Mary MacKillop, seeing a woman sitting in the gutter went and sat with her. A companion of Mary MacKillop had assumed the woman was drunk but Mary sat in the gutter with the her and discovered that the woman needed help as she was ill. Mary then helped her to a chemist where she could get assistance.
Anything that Mary did she did because she also believed that
God gives me strength for what is necessary.
Here are some beautiful words from another doer – Mother Teresa tells us,
- God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
- Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
- If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
I love the above quotes from Mother Teresa. We may not be able to help everyone at all times but even doing the smallest thing could be the greatest thing we do for someone. It could become quite contagious once we begin.
More information on the great Aussie battler and overcomer Mary MacKillop can be found here.
More information on the merciful and compassionate Mother Teresa can be found here.
You are where you are for a reason; and if you did not choose to be there or were not meant to be there try to see it as a sidetrack to where you’re meant to be – an added experience, a learning of something new in your life, the dawning of an idea or piece of knowledge you never held before, or an opportunity to share your gifts – to help, assist, learn. Wherever we are at any given point in time strive to be the best you can – as a person at work, home or with family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances and strangers.
Bloom where you are planted – it will be for the benefit of many … and also for you. For wherever you are becomes a step towards where you’re meant to be.
Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.
St. Francis de Sales