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Light has many meanings.
Jesus says: “give me the burned bits.”
Three major on-going difficulties.
Finding God in everything and everywhere can’t be more true as in that unexpected encounter.
Jesus has elements of both Mary and Martha, probably exhibiting them as the situation he is in dictates..
Yes, I really need to apologize for my negative attitudes and my apathy.
Pope Francis has referred to the saints next door. Brother Gene was one of mine.."
"What motivates ordinary men and women who become recognized as Good Samaritans?"
Here I was, the one who had left so angrily, and who also was so in the wrong; and there was the one who had been wronged
"If we think about it, commitments do define us no matter what stage of life we are at. "
"He invites us to come apart and rest for a while."
"The chapters are divided into three general categories: make yourself worthy of trust, build trust around you, and create a trustworthy and trusted country. Johnston expands on the notion of trust in his introduction, speaking of three trends that lie behind the collapse of trust"
"...for those about to travel."
. . .are still newcomers. I must be humble enough to recognize that, even though I was born inCanada."
:. . . responding to grace can make us free. Don’t be afraid to bother God with prayers of petition.."
"Let’s be mindful of our fathers, whether living or deceased. It is helpful to call to mind St. Joseph and his role in the life of Jesus"
The Holy Father further calls us to forge a personal and committed relationship with God which at the same time commits us to serving others, and learn to find Jesus in the faces of others, in their voices, in their pleas.
:When confronted by the wrongdoing in residential schools, and around the world, many people say they cannot stay. And I hear “Do you still love me?” When people of our church reject persons because of their sexuality, many people say they cannot stay. I hear “Do you still love me?:
::. . . one of the two gr mandments, which ground every moral norm and as the clearest sign for discerning spiritual growth in response to God’s completely free gift of love. "
"Although this movie plot is pure fantasy, the notion of being invited to join, to be included, parallels with what we believe as Christians happens upon baptism. We are anointed as worthy."
Knowing comes later as we grow from child to adult.
" While there may not be much more journeying to be had, what there is, I will joyfully count as a continued blessing.."
"The media are about keeping our eyeballs glued and the best way to do that is to prey on fear, anger, envy…well, any of the deadly sins really. But trusting and honourable dealings with each other still happen…and praise God for that.>"
"The memory becomes fuel I need to face the long journey back to myself..."
"One of my favourite quotes from the namesake of today’s holiday is: “The important thing is not what they think of me, it is what I think of them.” Then there is, “an ugly baby is a very nasty object – and the prettiest is forgotten.”"
A question often asked but not yet answered. What can we do about that?
"I assume you have your own favorite ways of having your spirits lifted. Feel free to share your own practices."
"Asking for help, Mackesy writes, is not giving up but refusing to give up."
Michael Ignatieff tells us why consolation is the answer to what really matters..
"One of the drawbacks to having a day dedicated to mothers is that we too often focus on them on that single day and take them for granted for the rest of the year."
Placing Ignatius in the perspective of his times.
What have we learned from history and how will future generations look on what we have done.
"For those strange almost three years that we lived through and that you now call history, Miles, being welcomed into that garden made such a difference for me."
". the essay is written in keeping with Pope Francis' call to each of us to exercise charity with joy, and embodies the message of service to others which bears immediate relevance to this Lenten/Easter season."
"So instead of the impossibility of this vision, I speak of how some of its dynamics are already at work in all of us, and I celebrate the possibility that I can integrate it even more fully in my love, in my life, with the help of God's guidance.:
But there’s something else outstanding about Mel’s Diner: It has a shrine to Our Lady---in the entrance hall! You can’t miss it. And a bevy of statues and paintings of saints, the Infant of Prague and the Sacred Heart, adorn the walls of the foyer."
What does the phrase "Sticks and Stones can break my bones etc"mean to a cild?
Perhaps mum’s biggest fear was the same one I grapple with; the fear that the loneliness that lurks in even the most spirited moments will never depart.
"Ignatius advised spiritual directors that sometimes it’s necessary in working with a directee that we might not agree with, to give them the benefit of the doubt."
"P:ul says, Straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God.P
"With our Baptism we begin to live Jesus’ divine life but somehow ‘the flesh’ is so powerful in our lives that keeping a balance between the spiritual and material things is a formidable task. "
"As Catholics, we are in an interesting bind: our faith calls us to lead a communal life, but our society and our civic culture tells us to lead an individual life, a life that is about me"
"So we in Hearst-Moosonee confidently entrust to Mary’s maternal intercession the Cree and Ojibway Christians of our diocese along with our ongoing efforts at healing and reconciliation."
". . . empowered by sharing of information and resources, they have made great strides in organizing and civic engagement, financial management and navigating government offices.
But even in this light, it is difficult to defend the police’s inaction when the Ottawa Police Service ostensibly abdicated its duty to defend the citizens of Ottawa, namely the citizens of Centretown, the Market, Lowertown, and Sandy Hill."
"The greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no-one….” (Mother Theresa)
"Faithfulness and integrity come in many sizes and shapes. As we celebrate the life of a husband and foster father who remained faithful, let’s ponder the illustrations of faithful devotion we see all around us."
Pope John Paul II said of deaf ministry. “In this field it can certainly never be claimed that enough has been done…it must in fact be considered one of the important aspects of that ‘preferential option for the poor’ which is so characteristic of the gospel mission.”
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