AUGUST: PRESENT MOMENT


"He who lives in the present lives eternally."

(Ludwig Wittgenstein)



"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has its own troubles. "

(Matthew 6:34)



" I feel free as a bird  not thinking about what tomorrow will bring,."

(Mahatma Gandhi)



"What to do with your past? Put it in God's mercy And the future? Wait for it to become the present to live it fully. "

(Chiara Lubich)



"Do not wait for time as time will not wait for you".

(Catherine of Siena)



"Every act of mine, every moment, each breath I take will be projected into eternity."

(Chiara Lubich)



"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

(Mahatma Gandhi)



"Life is made of present moments. These moments have value if we live them well. It is the present that counts, the fleeting moment, for me, for you, for us, should be seized upon and lived well. "

(Chiara Lubich)



"Find a minute to think, a minute to pray and a minute to laugh."

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



"The butterfly counts the moments not years. For this the short  time it lives is enough. "

(Tagore)



"Time is like a runaway train and we are the passengers. It is pointless for us to move up and down on the train to arrive earlier. Time, like the train, moves by itself. Our role is to live completely in the present ".

(Chiara Lubich)



JULY: START AGAIN WHEN WE FAIL

"Our greatest happiness lies not in never falling but in starting over  after a fall." (Confucius)



"Only those who pass through the torment of pain reach the fire of love."

(Chiara Lubich)



"Who is not tempted is not tested, and who is not tested does not progress."

(Augustine)



"In the evening of life we will be judged on love."

(John of the Cross)



"Do not you find yourself at the gates of Heaven  with the anguish of not being able to start loving again."

(Chiara Lubich)



"Everyone wants to change the world, but nobody wants to change himself ..."

(Leone Tolstoy)



"I decided to start to love and nothing else."

(Alberto Michelotti)



"Rather than curse the darkness, light a candle."

(Lao Tse)



"It's never too late to be what you should be."

(George Eliot)



"I understand that the smartest thing to do is start again when we fail. By now it has become an obsession for me, yes, yes, always begin again. I understand that starting again is the most important thing. "

(Chiara Lubich)



"I continue to leave behind the past and do nothing but launch myself ahead to reach the goal."

(Paul of Tarsus, Phil 3.13)



JUNE: Experience the other

“If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. If you correct, correct out of love. If you forgive, forgive out of love”. (St. Augustine)



“Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth”.

(1Jn 3:18)



“When one cries, we have to cry with him. And if he laughs, laugh with him”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“Do not let someone come to you and go away without being happy”.

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



“To make ourselves one, we need to think about the other and there is no room for ambition or selfishness or irritation, because it takes a lot of calm”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“Love them one by one, like if I’m loving Jesus in them, trying to make ‘myself one’…”.

(Santa, Scorese)



“Put yourself in the other person’s place”.

(Voltaire)



“Nobody passes us in vain".

(Chiara Lubich)



“We are all committed to creating new relationships, based on the gospel, with each person, and I assure you it is a wonderful thing, a true experience of God. Try it yourself”.

(Maria Orsola Bussone)



“Human beings are members of one body, all belonging to the same species. If one of the members is affected by suffering and sorrow, how can the others remain calm and peaceful?”.

(Saadi, Persian poet)



“The real evil is indifference”.

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



“Experiencing the other, that is no longer living focused in on ourselves, but trying to enter into the other, in his feelings, trying to carry his load, trying to share his joys. Be one with him”.

(Chiara Lubich)



MAY: Love Everyone

“Love, love always, love everyone. At the end of each day to be able to say: I always loved”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“We have passed from death to life because we love our brothers”.

(1Jn 3:14)



“Do not harm any creature by thought, word and action. Kindness and generosity: this is the norm for eternal good”.

(Mahabharata)



“As you drive a motorbike, do you remember to have charity towards all?”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“He who loves his brother is rich, he who doesn’t love is a dead man walking”.

(Igino Giordani – Foco)



“The only important thing in life we leave, will be traces of love”.

(Albert Schweitzer)



“Since we are in time, let’s love our neighbor one at a time, without keeping in our hearts remnants of affection for our brother met a minute ago”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“Everything is consumed by he who is alone and doesn’t love, but he who loves gives even his bones to the others”.

(Chinese proverb)



“Love, love everybody, break your heart so as to let out true love, love born from pain”.

(Alberto Michelotti)



“It is love that makes us brothers and sisters”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“Life is a unique opportunity given to us to love”.

(Igino  Giordani – Foco)



“For we all share the same need for love, it is possible to consider anyone we meet, in all circumstances, as a brother or sister”.

(Dalai Lama)



“We have to love everyone. It seems like a little word. It’s a revolution”.

(Chiara Lubich)



“Love means: To come out of myself and go toward the other”

(Michael Quoist)



April: Peace

“It’s not enough to say that we don’t want war. It is important to want peace and sacrifice ourselves for it”.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.)



«But to you who hear I say, love your enemies».

(Lc 6,27)



“Nothing is lost with peace. Everything is lost with war”.

(Pio XII – Radio message, 24 august 1939)



“If a non violent person exists, a non violent family must exist. If a non violent family exists, why not a non violent village, city, country and world”.

(Mahatma Gandhi)



“I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror”.

(Charles Chaplin)



“We know very well that what we do is just a drop in the ocean. But if this drop is missing, the ocean is not the same”.

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



“You won’t be at peace, until broken relationships even for something small are healed”.

(Chiara Lubich, Word of Life Nov.1997)



“To practice non violence, one needs to have courage and be brave on all fronts”.

(Mahatma Gandhi)



“Forgiving is an act of will and of understanding, so it’s an act of freedom. It means accepting the other as they are, notwithstanding the hurt they caused us, like God accepts us sinners with all our defects”.

(Chiara Lubich, Costruire sulla roccia, p.56)



“There are things for which I am ready to die for, but there is no one that I am ready to kill”.

(Mahatma Gandhi)



“React against certain impulses that urge us to condemn without pity: we have to know how to forgive and forget”.

(Chiara Lubich, Costruire sulla roccia, p.119)



“Hate has destroyed so many people and so much happiness”

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



Words have the power to build or destroy. When words are gentle and sincere they can change the world.

(Buddha)



“There are always two ways to choose in our lives: egoism or love”.

(Chiara Lubich, It’s a Whole New Scene)



March: The Golden Rule

 

“Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the law and the prophets”.

(Mt 7,12)



“Try to love those presently close to you in your life and you will discover new strength not known before in your soul: it will give new meaning to your life and answer many questions”.

(Chiara Lubich, Essential Writings)



 “You are not a believer until you desire for your neighbour that which you desire for yourself”.

(Islam, Propher Muhammad, in H. Kung-K.J. Declaration for World Religions, Rizzoli, Milan 1995, pp78-79).



"Love. Where do we start? With whoever is next to you….”

(Chiara Lubich, Jesus, the Way. Gen 12/2006)



“Don’t hurt others in ways that also you would feel hurt”.

(Buddhism, Udana-Varga 5,18)



“Is there a word in which the conduct of our whole lives could be based?” That is reciprocity – Confucio says- “Do not do to others that which you would not like done to you”.

(Confucius, Lun-yu, Dialogue, 15,23)



"Do not do to others that which you do not like”.

(Toby, 4,15)



 

 “Brotherly love is the basis commandment. Therefore all that is done with sincerity and charity has immense meaning. Nothing makes sense if there is not the sentiment of love for our brothers”.

 
(Chiara Lubich – Focolare of Unity p.29)


“We should not behave with others in a way that is unpleasant to ourselves: this is the essence of morality”.

(Hinduism, Mahabharata 13, 148.8)



“You and I are one. I cannot hurt you without hurting myself”.

(Mahatma Ghandi)



“Love each neighbour that we meet during the day as they are. Let’s imagine ourselves to be in his/her situation and let’s treat him/her as we would like to be treated. The voice of God within us will suggest the kind of love needed for each person”.

(Chiara Lubich Word of Life, April 1978)



FEBRUARY: GIVE JOY

“Where there is no love, put love and you will find love.”

St. John of the Cross



«And your joy shall be complete».

(John 16:23)



«Do you know what you have to do after having loved abundantly? You continue loving!».

(Chiara Lubich, La dottrina spirituale, p. 142)



«We should also turn our life into a wonderful garden and transform our sufferings and sadness into beautiful flowers that make the garden of our life even more marvellous».

(Maria Orsola Bussone, gen serva di Dio)



«A smile that blooms amidst sorrow is capable of melting down the most hardened hearts».

(Chiara Lubich, Detti gen)



«We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do».

(Mother Theresa of Calcutta)



 

«Love is an enthusiastic but difficult adventure because it demands the constant effort of the one who loves to transform the desire to receive into that of giving».

(Michel Quoist - Parole del cuore, pag 39).
 


«If we don’t even let one instant pass by without love than we won’t even have one instant without joy».

(Chiara Lubich, Cercando le cose di lassù, Città Nuova, Roma 1992, p.69)



«Love is the only thing that increases when we share it with others»

(Ricarda Huch, 1864-1947, in W. Muhls, 365 Pensieri sull’amore, Ed. Paoline, Milano 1996 cit da Chiara Lubich, Santità di Popolo, Città Nuova, Roma 2001, p.88)



«The more ardent is your love, the more your joy will increase and we will have plenty to distribute in the world».

(Chiara Lubich, Cercando le cose di lassù, Città Nuova, Roma 1992, p.69)



«Sow joy in your brother’s garden and you will see it flourish in yours».

J. Journer, in Chiara Lubich, Cercando le cose di lassù, Città Nuova, Roma 1992, p.69



"If we relieve our neighbours of the burdens that are weighing them down by loving them, by making them feel our love, we help them to be open to wider and brighter horizons"

Chiara Lubich, Heaven on Earth - Meditations and Reflections - 2000 New City Press



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