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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Prayer: General Douglas MacArthur

Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, of a taste for adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn't grown old because he has lived a certain number of years. A man grows old when he deserts his ideal. The years may wrinkle his skin, but deserting his ideals wrinkles his soul. Preoccupations, fears, doubts, and despair are the enemies which slowly bow us toward earth and turn us into dust before death. You will remain young as long as you are open to what is beautiful, good, and great; receptive to the messages of other men and women, of nature, and of God. If one day you should become bitter, pessimistic, and gnawed by despair, may God have mercy on your old man's soul.

From "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning


  1. I think we can be gnawed by despair but this makes it seem that fears and doubts are sinful whereas they can be opportunities to face and confront the truth.

  2. I see what you are saying. Despair can have a detrimental effect upon us or we can use it to come to freedom. Thanks, Phil.