Quotes for Warriors

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“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

Napoleon

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

Billy Graham

We all face battles, so in that sense we are all warriors. If you have not faced a battle recently you are very fortunate indeed. I love these quotes above, not only because they encourage us to keep going, (and they do) but because they can help us to understand more of how to fight.

So when you face a tough time in the future, or if you’re going through one now, remember these three principles listed above. And keep fighting!

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I wish you peace.

        

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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The Wind and the Friar – Conclusion

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On the way back down the hill, Friar Thomas vowed he would never have hatred in his heart again. He knew much of it had been due to fear. He and his mother had been poor, and suffered terribly. He suspected (though his mother had never said) that she always had men by her side, in order to help pay the bills. So in a way, hating the poor was due to hating what he himself had gone through.

Later that same day he saw the old man Sam Jenkins, begging for loose change, near the Post Office. All Friar Thomas had at the time, was a bologna sandwich in his pocket, but he made the effort to talk to Sam. He asked Sam how his leg was (Sam had just had an amputation a month ago). To be honest Sam was surprised that the Friar had even spoken to him. Sam said, “Somethin is different about you Friar!” Friar Thomas just smiled, and pulled out the sandwich.

Friar Thomas started the Abbey on a new program, to help those that were hungry. Every day the Friar went through the village feeding people, and many of them were war veterans. Soon the Director of the Abbey got behind the project, and a fund raising campaign was started. They opened a center, complete with a kitchen, next to the hardware store, where anyone could get a good meal.

Before they knew it men were beginning to sleep there. The place became so popular, funds started pouring in, and they opened another center just for women. Many were widows, and victims of domestic violence. Women from the community worked hard at making the place clean, and safe. And with strict instructions from Friar Thomas, they refused to judge the people that came there.

Friar Thomas did not say anything to anyone, about the voice in the wind. He didn’t need to.

It was the community that decided the names for the centers. For the men it became the “House of Hope”, and the center for women became known as the “House of Safety”.

        

Peace to everyone.

        

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Wind and the Friar

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It was just after World War II, in the foothills of Yorkshire, that there was a Friar by the name of Thomas. On this morning, Friar Thomas went into the hills above the Abbey like he normally did, to pray. It was a cold, blustery, fall day, so he did have his winter coat on, but there was something else in the air too. It was unusual……almost like electricity.

He sat on the wooden bench, like he normally did, but the wind only increased so he decided to make his prayers short, and hoped he would be forgiven. Was that singing he heard? It was distant……but it was there for sure.

Suddenly a small whirlwind began in front of him, which became larger, and then larger still, as the wind intensified, into almost a roar. His heart beat wildly, and he was about to run back down the hill, when he heard a voice calling his name, “Friar Thomas………Friar Thomas……..” It was the voice of a woman, a confident woman, was that a face he was seeing? “I’m here”, he said.

The strangest thing was, that the wind was still roaring, but he could not here it now, he could only hear the voice of the woman. Was it the Virgin? He could not tell. She spoke again, “Friar Thomas….. why do you hate the poor?” He stumbled over his words, “I don’t….. hate anyone, I’m a Friar!” But the voice in the wind said once again, “Friar Thomas……why do you hate the poor?” He hesitated, “Well…..I try……it’s true I’m not as compassionate as I should be……” The voice in the wind said for the third time now, “Friar Thomas…….why do you hate the poor?”

He was undone. It was true, he despised people that had nothing. He closed his eyes now, realizing he had been carrying a horrible pride and hatred around for years. He sank to his knees, and wept for the first time in a long time. He opened his eyes, was about to say something…. but the whirlwind was gone.

     

To be continued.

        

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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From our house to yours, wishing you all the best this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving, and may all of you, and the rest of the world, have peace.

We have a lot to be thankful for. Besides my wife and children, and being able to write, I am thankful for so many things, including some people I don’t even know. Is it possible to be thankful for people you’ve never met? Absolutely!

I’m thankful for:

President Obama

Pope Francis

Our Military Personnel

I really think our President is doing a wonderful job, during this terror crisis. I love the things he says, and he is taking the right kind of action. He was the first leader to call the President of France and offer our support. It is wonderful to see and listen to the dialogue taking place.

Going back even further I so appreciate his courage in changing some of our healthcare system. I know a family personally that have been helped by Obamacare. Our friend is self-employed, and they live on a farm. Now his health care is affordable, and attainable.

Pope Francis is a man filled with compassion. I love how he cares for others, and how he is reaching out. He is a bridge builder – between different groups of people. So cool! Will he change the policies of the Church? Probably not, but he has been hard at work at changing how many of us think, and what the role of the Church should be. Awesome! He is showing the world what being a Christian is.

We can never thank our military personnel enough. They sacrifice a great deal, including having long periods of separation from their families. May God watch over them and protect them. And may all terrorists, regardless of their affiliation, be caught and their plots stopped before they even happen.

Amen.

Have a wonderful holiday!

          

Writing © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Harvest

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When the earth was green we were in love

with our planet unable to hold ourselves back, longing

for the warmth, for the living, the green leaves, and fruit.

We could taste the marriage of sun and soil.

Now that there is only stubble, we become apprehensive

the sun is distant now, and we know the winter too well,

not wanting to be attacked again, we long for the assurance

of the sun, that there is a permanent love.

But the harvest is not a sign of the coming disaster,

only that love is sleeping, that our mother needs a rest

her love is hidden, and when she wakes,

there will be a victory of green.

Sun and soil will always be

very much in love.

And we can rest in that.

        

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Bright

The music here is beautiful. There is something about love that just changes things completely. I also love the poetry in the lyrics of the song. “Did you see that shooting star tonight?” Lindsey has such a beautiful way of sharing a variety of themes.

I’d like to share a little wisdom from Mrs. Nicodemas. She says forget about the darkness, just keep shining your light. Make sure to be, who you were meant to be. Thank you sweetheart. You know I love you! I’ll keep shining.

We have a wonderful holiday coming up, in the U.S., in just two days!

Keep shining, and I wish you peace!

          

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video from youtube, music from Echosmith, and Lindsey Stirling

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Are You There?

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Are You there? Do You see us and hear?

We could use some help down here,

but You already know that.

I’ve been thinking, I am grateful

and there are three things really,

I’m thankful for,

that we all know how essential love is,

that people become one instantly, in a disaster

and that there is healing in different colored streams,

depending on our needs.

But still, can we get some help down here?

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”