"Because of the speed of your modern life and living, you never reflect on the monstrous fact that, for the most part, your civilization is made up of an agglomeration of ready-made men and ready-made women. Count the people you know who do not think ready-made thoughts, speak ready-made words, voice ready-made opinions, and even feel ready-made emotions. How many people do you know who do not follow ready-made political platforms, accept ready-made economic programs, and have as their life aim some ready-made financial goal? No wonder one witty Frenchman said, “These people do not think or speak —they simply echo.”
"Small wonder humans grow restless and resentful. The great wonder is that they do not recognize the cause of their restlessness and resentment. It lies in the wholesale denial of that very possession which differentiates them from all the rest of God’s wondrous creation —their immortal souls."
-From "Spiritual Secrets of a Trappist Monk", by Father M. Raymond
Out for a late season ride in the boonies. 65 degrees, so says the V-Strom.
My son recently had to sell his motorcycle to help pay for
hospital expenses. But the next day, someone gave him
an old fixer-upper! It's a 20 something year old Suzuki 750.
He's taken old beasts like this before and rebuilt them into
like new machines. I think this one will be a winner!
From "The Spiritual Secrets of a Trappist Monk":
If you would live life as it is meant to be lived, you must never dare to put asunder what Almighty God has joined. Religion, or conscious, intimate contact with God, must not only dominate, but must penetrate and permeate all your living. That means you are not only to worship while at work, but your work itself must be worship; you are not to go from play to prayer or from prayer to play, but your play itself must be a form of prayer; you are to sleep, and sleep soundly, but all the while your heart is to be watching; and when you are awake, you are to be wide awake to the God you are adoring with your entire being.
If that strikes you in any way as exaggerated, you have never known yourself or your God. Religion is no mere philosophy of life, no mere way of life, and not simply an accessory to living. Religion is life, or it is not religion; and life is religious, or it is a mere sham. Paul told you as much when he said, “Whether, then, you eat or drink, or do anything else, do everything for God’s glory.”
By the way, my Grand Daughter Scarlett had to have another surgery.
They found a blockage in the ventricles of her brain and had to
clear it. Surgery went well and she's getting better and better.