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Wednesday, January 22, 2020



What A Life

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for the equality of all human beings

    On January 20 we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the third Monday of January around the day of his birth, January 15, 1929. He was born Michael King, Jr.When he was five, Michael and his father traveled to Germany in 1934.The theology and activism of the Protestant Reformation leader, Martin Luther, inspired Michael, Sr.

  • To achieve lasting peace within our society we must begin with ourselves

    The late Cardinal Bernardin talked about his search for peace in the book he wrote before he died entitled, The Gift of Peace. In it is a gripping and moving account of his meeting with Steven Cook, the young man who had accused Cardinal Bernardin of sexual abuse. It is an event best forgotten except for the extraordinary way it concluded.In 1993, the accusation became public and Cardinal Bernardin had to live with the curiosity of the public, the constant media attention and the deep pain of ex...

  • A 90-year-old author gives us 50 positive attitudes toward positive living

    A 90-year-old author gives us 50 positive attitudes toward positive livingAs we approach a new year and a new decade, instead of making “New Year’s Resolutions” that might not last that long, it might be more helpful to come up with new attitudes toward life. The following article was written by Regina Brett, a 90 years-old writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in Cleveland, Ohio."To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most reque...

  • Santa Claus wants our children to learn the true meaning of Christmas

    The religious Christmas Season begins on Christmas Eve and ends with Jesus’ Baptism. The commercial Christmas Season begins whenever merchants start selling their merchandise and ends with the “final sale.” The following story is a reflection of the true mean of Christmas.The week before Christmas, as I finished the household chores and was preparing to go to bed, I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the front door and to my surprise, Santa himself was standing b...

  • Inspirational Christmas quotes remind us of the true spirit of Christmas

    As we gather this Christmas with friends and family, let us not forget those who are alone in this world. May this Christmas bring joy to others by our acts of kindness. May the following inspirational Christmas quotations remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.Baptist pastor John R.

  • We need to embrace life’s challengers even in the winter of lives

    A reader sent me this edited refection entitled, “And then it is Winter.”Time has a way of moving quickly and we become unaware of the passing years. It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.I know that I lived them all.

  • “What a Life!” is in an Ebook; Advent is a season to renew our hope

    In 2015 I published a book titled, What a Life! Daily Reading for a Holistic Spiritual Life.I ordered 4,000 copies and they sent me 4,370. I gave away several copies and earlier this year I sold my last book – a total of 4,310.

  • We should be grateful to our Loving Gracious God every day of the Year

    Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate with family and friends and to share what is happening in each others’ lives. What is most important, we give thanks to God for our lives and all our blessings. St.

  • The play, “Native Gardens,” illustrates some divisions in our society today

    I recently went to a play at the Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans entitled “Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarias. This brilliant comedy showcases some problems and divisions we are experiencing in our society today. Native Gardens looks at both sides of the story, or in this case, both sides of the fence.

  • True unconditional love requires much work and is a lifetime labor

    A group of professionals posed this question to a number of 4-8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers were broader, deeper, and more profound than one could have imagined.“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” (Rebecca, age 8) “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

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