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  • Emily Bainbridge

Monday 25th May – Icon of the Day

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man [sic] should be. Be one.

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

- From the writings of Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 CE and a Stoic philosopher

Image: ‘An Elderly Man in Prayer’, 1660s or later, by follower of Rembrandt van Rijn. The Cleveland Museum of Art.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for May 2020, today we pray for those who are journeying through death.


If you would like to contribute to these reflections, please do email Katherine Cox at



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