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  Volume 13, # 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February, 1998

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Plant these "seeds" well and water often. Enjoy!


On Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Dragon's Almanac, # 566

"Learning is acquired by the student; the teacher can only lead to the door." --Chinese proverb


Do It Now! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother Teresa

"Do not wait for leaders;
do it alone, person to person."


School Theme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul VI H.S., Fairfax, VA

Theme of the Paul VI High School, Fairfax, VA, Class of 96:

"In America, you are not required to offer food to the hungry or shelter the homeless.
There is no ordinance forcing you to visit the lonely, or comfort the infirmed.
No where in the Constitution does it say you have to provide clothing to the poor.
In fact, one of the nicest things about living here in America,
is that you really don't have to anything for anybody.
But when you do, you give meaning and provide soul to the concept of community . . .
and develop a sense of purpose to something greater than one's self."


Stand Up . . . Speak Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Stand up when others choose to sit down;
Step forward when others prefer to step back;
Speak out when the voices of silence are so deafening."


Discover & Explore New Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paula Ripple, Walking With Loneliness

"Because we are free, it is sometimes too easy to run away from life at those very moments when life's call is the most costly and meaningful. It is too easy for us to walk toward the possibility of new and deeper life only to turn away when something tells us that to continue will lead us from familiar places into the unknown regions of our own heart and soul--there to discover and explore the rich spaces of new life for us."


Instrument of Thy Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan Paton

"To be the instrument of God's peace is not to confine oneself to the field of personal relationships, but to concern oneself also with the problems of human society, hunger, poverty, injustice, cruelty, exploitation, war.

Some Christians argue that if we would only change men, then society would change of itself. That there is some truth in this, none of us doubts. But the full truth is that we must try both to change man and to change society, and that there are some changes in man that cannot be achieved without some changes in society."


Through Humor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Cosby

"Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it."


On Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bela Karoly

"If you succeed, you are controversial.
If you are mediocre, no one pays any attention."


Making Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Hughes

"Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another."

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Wisdom Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward

"Vow to be valiant;
Resolve to be radiant;
Determine to be dynamic;
Strive to be sincere;
Aspire to be attuned."


Without Humor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Ward Beecher

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs--jolted by every possible pebble on the road."


Persistent Commitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lou Holtz

"All human success is the result of a persistent commitment."


Thanks for Friendship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"I think of people I met in the past. . . .
Many, many people. Where are they now?
Some are still friends, some just a Christmas card; others no longer met but never forgotten.
Not every friendship lasts forever; we move house, school and job, we drift away from people.
But every memory of friendship shared, even for a short time, is a treasure, like sunshine and warmth in our lives, like a cool breeze on a humid day, like a shower of rain refreshing the earth.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of friendship at every moment of life."


Legend of St. Valentine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, p. 50

"In Rome in A.D. 270, Valentine had enraged the mad emperor Claudius II, who had issued an edict forbidding marriage. Claudius felt that married men made poor soldiers, because they were loath to leave their families for battle. The empire needed soldiers, so Claudius . . . abolished marriage.

Valentine . . . invited young lovers to come to him in secret, where he joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this ‘friend of lovers', and had the priest brought to the palace. The emperor, impressed with the young priests dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the Roman gods, to save him from otherwise certain execution. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and imprudently attempted to convert the emperor. On February 24, 270, Valentine was clubbed, stoned, then beheaded."

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