September 14

Reflection

Focusing on our mortality and the factors that wreak havoc upon human lives heightens our sensitivity to the deadening effects of habit and routine. We often deceive ourselves into believing that we can successfully defer living the kind of lives we consider worthwhile until some future time. This attitude is as naïve as it is self-deceptive. It ignores the real consequences of our present patterns of behavior that can weaken our natural capacity to live life deeply and with meaning.  It is good for all of us to take periods of time when we can examine our deepest longings and adjust the course of our lives.

Prayer

Guide me, O God, on the true path of life.

Action

When events prompt you to reflect on life and its meaning, do not put it off but make time to think and pray.

Suggested Reading

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with oine another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony… And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him.
Colossians 3:1-17

No matter how much we try to run away from this thirst for the answer to life, for the meaning of life, the intensity only gets stronger and stronger. We cannot escape these spiritual hungers.
Ravi Zacharias

Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith.
Paul Tillich

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.
Robert F. Kennedy

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt

At a time when our public discourse can too often seem harsh; when society too often focuses on what divides us instead of what unites us; I hope that Americans of all faiths can take this opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate; to be tolerant of our neighbors; and to recognize ourselves in one another.
Barack Obama

God remains close, even when we become distant.
Abraham Isaac Kook

Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God…. Prayer may not save us, but prayer makes us worth saving.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

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