Willie McCool, a U. S. Navy Commander, NASA Astronaut and the Pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia Mission SRS-107. He was killed, along with the others, when their spacecraft disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2003: “From our orbital vantage point, we observe an Earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it and strive to live as one in peace.” Ed’s Note: I believe that God welcomed Willie into heaven with open arms.
Daniel Webster: “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
Thomas Aquinas: “To one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
On Making Choices:
The world has its fill of sham, slime and sloth. That said, there is far more goodness, gentleness and gratitude in play. In short, there are far more acts of good than evil for us to absorb and appreciate. Therefore, be a good finder and practice all things evident that create good will. You cannot change a person’s will, so avoid doing negative and evil things that unsettle the mind and heart. Relatively speaking, life is short and death is certain. Help lift the burden of others by increasing their hope in the goodness that is possible. It is never too soon to do an act of kindness, for we never know when too soon will be too late. Be positive and seek opportunities to help others by being kind, understanding and thoughtful. The good that you do will not be forgotten but rather appreciated as we all have challenges and burdens to overcome when we walk down the road of life. And don’t hesitate to applaud acts of kindness that you see. Spread goodness and you will be surrounded by love.
Martin Luther King: “To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate.”