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Sunday, October 13, 2019



What A Life

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  • When we are the best version of ourselves, everyone around us benefits

    When we look around us, we get a feeling that the world is in a mess. Suicide rates are increasing while church attendance is decreasing. Some people trust in their guns, money, and positions in life rather than working with our Loving God to make our world a better place.Addressing this situation Coach Dale Brown said, “If there was ever a moment in history when we needed a commitment to make the world a better place to live in, it is now.

  • We need to establish a balanced attitude to this thing we call money

    I’ve been a priest for more than 55 years and a criticism I often hear from the laity is that priests are always talking about money. Well, of the 38 parables Jesus told, 19 of them dealt with handling possessions. The use of money is necessary for Christians, but our focus should be on the relationships we have with our loving Creator and with each other.The problem with money lies in our attitude toward it.

  • Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son shows us God’s mercy for everyone

    Some of Jesus’ parables are famous not just among Christians, but among people of various religions. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a good example. It talks about a person being lost and restored, about God’s mercy and how we can be resentful of God’s divine love for others.Author Flor McCarthy summarizes this account in this way: “The story of the Prodigal Son is a story about hearts: selfish hearts and generous hearts, closed hearts and open hearts, cold hearts and ...

  • Christians and others can elect candidates who follow Jesus’ teachings

    We live in frightening times. Our children are afraid to go to school. People are being killed in public places every week.

  • Our living faith proclaims that God can be found anywhere and at anytime

    My grandfather was a machinist. He spent his whole life making and repairing machines. He had a small workshop in his garage.

  • What is inside us will spill over when difficulty times challenge us

    You’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you causing the coffee to spill all over the place. If you weren’t holding the cup of coffee, it wouldn’t have spilt. The point is, whatever is in the cup will spill out when someone or something “knocks” us unexpectedly.When some calamity comes along and shakes us up, whatever we have inside us will come out.

  • Teilhard de Chardin: “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”

    Many people confuse happiness and joy. They are both fantastic feelings to experience, but are very different.Happiness is the delight and fulfillment of the psychology soul, the psyche. The psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body’s reactions to its social and physical environment.

  • Suicide rates among the elderly in America are rising

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide in the USA is on the rise. Of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and older accounted for more than 8,500 deaths, that’s about one out of every five.While we might expect suicide rates to be high among teenagers and those facing mid-life crises, it was alarming to me to see how high it was among our senior citizens.There are many reasons why elderly adults are more susceptible to the nation&rsqu...

  • Wise people have an easy time recalling their blessings, not their worries

    In a recent interview on National Public Radio’s Story Corps, Walter Dixon, a 90-year-old veteran of three wars, spoke to his son Russ Dixon about how, after a case of mistaken identity, he returned home to find that his world had moved on without him.Walter Dixon had been married for just five days when he was shipped off to Korea for his second war deployment. About a year later, at age 22, he was declared dead. When they published his obituary in the local paper, his wife back home in W...

  • Most powerful quotes of all time

     I came across a series of quotations called, “28 Most Powerful Quotes Of All Time.”Read them slowly and use them for meditating.1. “Love is a verb. Love, the feeling, is a fruit of love, the verb.” (Stephen Covey)2.

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