Meet the Catholic grandpa who builds an inspirational app

Meet the Catholic grandpa who builds an inspirational app

Orange County: Tom Riles always carried a stack of index cards in his shirt’s pocket. When he felt tensed he takes out a card from his pocket and would read it. It was enough to console him. In a sense, it was a source of motivation for him. He carried it for twenty-five years. You might be wondering at his weird habit. Do not be in a hurry to think so, until you read the flash back of his index cards’ birth.

25 years ago Tom Riles was disqualified for a job. He felt disappointed and scrapped gum gum off the sidewalks with a powerwasher in his then-hometown in New Jersey. He himself felt the need to change from his out of whack attitude.

At that time somebody offered him a book called ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale.” It changed his life completely. The author of the book had encouraged the readers to write down inspirational quotes to refer it throughout the day to change their thinking which would ultimately inspire their lives.

Thus he began to write down scripture verses in index cards. In the cards he wrote the heart touching scripture verses in full caps, in blue, black and red ink which always found a fixed place in his pocket to notify him throughout the day.

Riles, who is now 67 years had followed the practice for the rest of his life. “I trained myself to use these positive affirmations to bring me into God’s presence throughout the day, and when we’re in his presence, we experience peace and joy,” he said.

He later wished to share his experience with the rest of the people, so that people would be easily relieved from stresses. This thought laid the foundation for the creation of an app that remind the people of positive thoughts instead of an index card. He shared the idea with a friend from church, app developer Aaron Horvath, he suggested they create an app.

Both of them launched a kickstarter campaign last month to raise $30,000 to build a free mobile app that would send out positive messages and affirmations, at a frequency selected by the user.

They named the app as, OnPath. The name indicated how a person could be brought back into the presence of God and be in the right track of God, Riles said.

A couple of Riles’ favorite quotes included:

“I believe I am always divinely guided, I believe I will always take the right turn in the road, and I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” also falls in his favorite’s list.

The old man, though young in actions, is quite sure that “By the grace of God, this app will be getting onto the phones of people all over the world so that when they get these affirmations, it will become a tool for bringing peace, joy and abundant blessings that come from being drawn into God’s presence.”