"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

When: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 12:00 AM to Thursday, October 02, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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Words written in red; Words of Jesus

As they were going along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9: 57 – 62

Sometimes, when I'm in such a state of spiritual dryness that I can't find a single thought in my mind that will bring me close to God, I say an Our Father and a Hail Mary very slowly indeed. How they take me out of myself then!

— St. Therese of Lisieux

Abba, Father, Lord God, aware of Your presence, thankful for Your blessings, humbled by my walk, I ask You to give me eyes of faith, renewing hope, and endless unconditional love. O for the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Job 9:1-12, 14-16<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=job&ch=9&bv1=1&ev1=12&bv2=14&ev2=16>

Psalm 88:10-15<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Ps&ch=88&bv1=10&ev1=15>

Luke 9:57-62<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Luke&ch=9&bv1=57&ev1=62>

Audio books I am listening to and other books or readings I am reading:

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao<http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_HAYH_000200&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes> By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good. In this program, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has created 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today's modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne's researching of 10 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries.

Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day<http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_SANS_000999&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes> (Abridged) By Joel Osteen Is this as good as it gets? Or can you enjoy more of what life has to offer? You can live happily every day, best-selling author Joel Osteen suggests, but you must discover the potential within yourself and learn how to use it to live better and to help others better themselves as well. God didn't create you to be average. You were created to excel! You have everything you need to fulfill your God-given destiny, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you discover how to be a better you! Become a Better You will guide you in the process of uncovering your hidden resources. Addressing such topics as building your confidence, developing better relationships, finding peace within, and staying passionate about life,

Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?<http://www.sophiainstitute.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=191> By David Carlin author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America. That's a good question, since these days both parties endorse policies or engage in activities that contradict some or many Catholic teachings about abortion, poverty, immigration, war and peace, or other issues of life and justice. But that's not always been the case.

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