Mission Vocation Adversity and Joy

“We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.”  (Abraham Lincoln) .  It’s Presidents weekend.  Really great men are not born great but through time can become great through the building up of their moral character and cultivating the virtue of wisdom.

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Getting Over the Past and Bringing In The New

The scene is a man on a cross.  He is flanked by two other men on their crosses.  One chides the man on the cross that if he is some kind of miracle, razzle dazzle man then he ought to create a miracle right now and get him down off the cross so that he could continue his past dirty business of thieving. He was living in the past and bringing it forward to this present situation.  The other man who was a thief, that flanked the man on the cross was at that very moment in time living in the present and entreated the man on the cross to forgive him of his past and to take him to his paradise.  The man on the cross assured him that to this day he will be with him in paradise.  So you have it  one man wanted to be taken down to continue living in the past and the other wanted to be taken up to live in the present.

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How to Stop Worrying About the People and the World We Love

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Phillippians 4:13.  There was a seminary student studying the Book of Revelation

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Causes of Love

We have said that we must have life, truth and love. Without life we cannot seek truth but truth is not enough we want love.  We know that there is a big difference between loving hot dogs, loving our mothers and loving God.  The Greeks had four names for different loves.  ‘Eros’ is for romantic love, ‘philia’ is for brotherly love, ‘storge ‘for love between mothers and sons and ‘agape’ for self-sacrificing love. What is the cause of love in the first place?

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God is A Competitor For Our Whole Mind Body and Soul

Do you ever get the feeling that God wants to vie for your time and your money?  There is this divine invasion a presence per se pressing on each of us.  It doesn’t matter whether you and I have the faith or not.   There is the constant intrusion from the outside and it comes to many many people.  It comes so subtly that many reject it. Read more »

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Real Kind of Politeness

It was in the distant past where my grandmother taught me politeness and chivalry.  Men would give up their seat on public transportation whenever the elderly or woman was standing next to them.  Gentlemen would remove their fedoras in the presence of a lady or walking past a church out of respect for women and the Holy Eucharist.  Women would curtsey and men would bow before a political leader, like a governor, senator, a superior, another adult not a member of the family.  My brother and I were taught to bow before my dad’s boss at a social gathering of employees, families and employer managers and supervisors. Read more »

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The Three Found Sheep In Love and Marriage

The Three Found Sheep In Love and Marriage

Jesus said to the religious leaders what shepherd who lost one of the ninety nine sheep would not go out in search of the one and leave the ninety nine? How about the woman who had ten coins and lost one? She would sweep and search the house until she found the one coin. When found, the sheep or the coin, neighbors are called to rejoice at the one that was lost but now is found.

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The Lord’s Prayer

St. Matthew and St. Luke recount slightly different versions of what we now call “the Lord’s prayer” reveals to us that Jesus was not giving us a “formula” of magic words to recite, but showing us the principles that should guide all our prayer.

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Sounds of Passion and Sounds of Enlightenment

The Dear Lord saw fit to give us two ears beckoning us to do twice the listening. When we look into the eyes of another no matter how pleasant they may look to us or how ugly– we remember that this human being is made in the image of God.

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The Devil

A woman bought an expensive dress at Nordstrom. She showed her husband the bill and he said, “When you tried it on why didn’t you say get behind me Satan.”  She said she did but he said that it looked so good from the rear as well!  There was a man who was exorcised of the devil. He did not pay his stipend to the priest after he was exorcised, so he got repossessed.

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