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Humor Friday

Lord, give me chastity, but not yet.

—Saint Augustine (Creative Commons)

Let’s face it, humor is not the first attribute that comes to mind when we are pondering the saints. But history if full of examples of saints and martyrs using humor to get their point across, all the way back to the earliest days of Christianity. Saint Augustine’s quote, which he uttered in the 4th century AD, is a perfect example of this.

—Mike Hazell

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

—Saint Augustine (Image Licensed)

We begin by designing the grand plan, the blueprint of what we are to have, or build, or become. With excitement we set forth. To launch our noble undertaking, however, we must first descend into the abyss. We look ahead and see only the multitude of details which must first be completed; the actual work which will ultimately result in our success. 

Most of us will become so mired in the morass that we lose sight of the grand objective we set for ourselves. In frustration, and unwilling to do the work, we chart another path.

Some of us, however, understand that with each mundane task we are laying another brick in the foundation of our tower. We work cheerfully, day in and day out, to complete each task. One day, we look up to catch our breath, and we suddenly realize that our tower has pierced the clouds. With humility, we thank God for the fortitude that kept us moving forward. 

—Mike Hazell

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It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.

—Matthew Henry (1707, by J. Jenkins; Public Domain)

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Reframing Misfortune II

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.

—Washington Irving (Public Domain)

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A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.

—George Mason (by Phillip Leonian; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

—Isaac Asimov (by Phillip Leonian; Public Domain)

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A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.

—Rupert Hughes (by Bain News Service; Public Domain)

It is easy to get caught in the trap of feeling as though we need the latest and greatest tools to accomplish our mission. All we really need, however, is the proper strategic vision—one that motivates us to our very core—and a work ethic built on rock solid determination.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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