Specifically the quoted saying of the Desert Fathers, which expounds on the title of the post, which coincidentally is my adopted tagline for this blog. But it's all good.
Because You Lord, only You have secured my hope.
Read and reflect.
Because You Lord, only You have secured my hope.
A Prayer to Saint Joseph the Worker for EmploymentGod our Father and our Creator, You bestow on us gifts and talents to develop and use in accord with Your will.Grant to me*, through the intercession of St. Joseph the worker, as model and guide, employment and work, that I may, with dignity, provide for those who depend on me for care and support.Grant me the opportunities to use my energy and my talents and abilities for the good of all, and the glory of Your name.Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.*One may pray for another individual by inserting his or her name, and then changing the subsequent pronouns.
As the movie unfolds, crisscrossing lines emerge connecting these characters to one another in polyvalent, sometimes surprising ways. Pretty much everyone involved does gravely immoral things, and while Crazy, Stupid, Love has quite a bit of good stuff to say about its characters’ bad behavior, some immoral actions are depicted in an indulgent or otherwise problematic light.
In spite of these problems, I’m struck by the movie’s generosity and empathy toward all its characters, and by its frank, countercultural clarity that acts such as adultery, divorce, casual sex and promiscuity — however understandable they may sometimes be, and however seemingly rewarding they may feel at the time — not only don’t lead to lasting happiness, not only are obstacles to true happiness, but ultimately bring a great deal of unhappiness, not only for oneself and one’s loved ones, but also to other people as well that another movie might not consider at all.
No other form of story save myths and epics and fairy tales have the form and dignity and conventions needed to weave the chain made of women’s beards and fishes’ breath and mountain roots and nine other impossible things needed to capture the moonbeam of this mystic insight all healthy men know lurks at the heart of fairy: the supernatural must break into the natural and set things right when all human hope is lost.(Mr. Wright clearly sides with those who find something of value in the Harry Potter stories, but has come to a sober respect for those who see it as something dangerous. I'm there with him on that.)
Help me especially at my last hour;There's also a beautiful novena prayer for brothers and sisters here.
and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason,
then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me,
and fight for me against the enemy.
Make in my name a profession of faith;
favor me with a testimony of my salvation,
and never let me despair of the mercy of God.
And believe it or not, they need to see us do the menial, boring chores for them because, while these feel trite to us, they communicate to our kids that when it comes to caring for them, no task is unimportant. Our value to our kids is that they need us--to do the big stuff for them and the small stuff, too. (p. 5)
I have literally read the value that you hold in your kids' lives, allover their faces and through their body language. When you walk into a room, your son changes immediately... Your mood changes his world a bit. If you are in a good mood, he can relax and play with his trucks. If you are upset with him, he wants to make up (he may not show it, but he does) because you are the center of his small world. He needs you to like him again. You. No one else. Because once you are happy with him, he can go about his business and life will feel good again. He can focus at school, get his homework done, and pay attention during his basketball game. That is the power that you have and that power comes from the fact that in this one child's life--your child's life--who you are matters as much as life itself. You are loved. (p. 6)
Why even wonder what we're good at when we don't have time to do what's expected of us already? Isn't this an exercise in frustration? No, because each of our gifts doesn't need to be used at this moment... We lose sight of of deeper purpose in life--to raise good kids and use our strengths to better the lives of others, over the course of our lifetimes. (p. 12)
"[My mother] said that her number one job was being a good mom. And because she wanted to be a good mom, she felt that she needed to teach us how to make a difference in someone's life. She taught us by living it out. And that changed me." (p. 17)
"I believe that when you love the life you're supposed to be living and you happen on fulfilling the deep meaning of your life, it works. The energy comes, you get bolder, and you live less fearfully. I have friends back home who tell me I'm crazy. I'm too old. or I'll have a heart attack. I feel sorry for them because they don't really get what life's all about." (p. 18)
We mothers are indispensable to our kids because no one can teach them how to love, empathize, nurture, or value others like we can. No one. And when it comes to teaching them how to love and value themselves, we are the ones with the greatest power to impart these profound and necessary truths to them. (p. 18)