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Today's Readings

Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-24
Psalm 25: Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Luke 1: 57-66

Reflection for Today

The prophet Malachi sets the stage for the birth of John the Baptist in today’s gospel, who will prepare the way of the Lord, Jesus Christ! Even at his birth, John the Baptist makes quite an impression on the people in the hill country of Judea, and as our Journey Towards Life nears an end, we are still inspired by all of the preludes that lead to Christ’s birth.

Perhaps you are out shopping today or making a visit to a public place. Are there any subtle ways you can point to Jesus? St. Francis of Assisi was known to say, "Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary use words." Maybe today would be a good time to humbly let folks know that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Prayer for Today

Lord of Life, as we prepare to celebrate Your birthday, help me to be an effective and grace-filled messenger. Fill me with love and peace as I humbly point toward You. Amen.

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Second Chances

"Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: ...'Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.'" (Mt 21:31)

In Sunday's Gospel Jesus is very stern with the religious authorities of his day because they are justifying themselves by using the law to their advantage, to excuse themselves. He uses the parable of the two sons to confront their behavior. They are giving lip service but not following through with their choices and actions. He contrasts them with the public sinners whose life choices have said No to God but then acknowledged and owned their sins and repented, began living a Yes to God.

We've all had the experience of turning down someone's request of us and then having second thoughts. Maybe it was the look of disappointment on their face or our habit of trying to please others or guilt. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit giving us another second chance to get it right, letting us know that we actually can be that generous with our time and talents. Our loving God is always at work in and through us, nudging us to be more loving, more forgiving, more generous than we can be by ourselves. God always gives us another chance, a second or third or fourth, however many we need.

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A Different Kind of Life
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

Most of us live far below God’s provision for us. We may have biological life and be content. But Jesus offered us a different kind of life—a life that’s superior to biological life. That life is a gift to us. We don’t earn it; we don’t have to hunt for it. We only have to ask for it and believe.

Never be content with less than what God offers you. Go for the gold.


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Rejoice with the Angels
You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.
Hebrews 12:22-23 (niv)

Worship is powerful. Unfortunately, it’s often neglected by believers, which is to their loss. Angels know what we should know—that God is to be praised and worshiped at all times, under all circumstances.

How is it with you? Are you rejoicing with the angels today? Have you worshiped? If not, take time now and enter into the angelic chorus giving God his due. It will change your day. And if done daily, worship will change your life.


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It's never easy when a good friend says goodbye. Imagine Peter, as Jesus prepares to Ascend into Heaven.


Years earlier, Jesus saw Peter on the seashore and called him. Jesus lead him, listened to him, and spoke to Peter's heart. Jesus placed Peter as the head of the disciples. Jesus gave him the Eucharist and ordained him at the Last Supper. In fear, Peter ran from Jesus during the crucifixion. The Risen Jesus then appears to Peter to forgive him and welcome him back.


Now Jesus prepares Peter's heart for the next step in their relationship. Jesus will ascend to be with His Father. He is not abandoning the disciples, but will be with them in a new way. He will work through them, with them, and in them in powerful ways. His Spirit will spread the Gospel through their preaching and witness. Jesus is not saying goodbye; rather, He is promising a more intimate communion with them and us. He will be with with us always; we can listen and speak to Him anytime, anywhere.


How has Jesus done all of this in my life? As Catholics, most of us are baptized as babies. Thus, we become friends with Jesus even before we are aware; the initiative is entirely His. He forms us through family, teachers, and pastors. He feeds us with His Body and Blood at Mass.


He is closer to me than my other friends. They may be busy, unable to talk, or in a bad mood. He is always with me, ready to speak and listen. In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." He brings peace to my life whenever I turn to Him. Next Sunday, we celebrate the feast of His Ascension. For now, He prepares us so that we can Ascend with Him.

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The Risen Shepherd

"My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand."
Jn 10:27-28

In John's Gospel Jesus is both the lamb of sacrifice as well as the shepherd whose self-sacrificing love protects and cares for all of the sheep. The apostles and disciples of the early church knew and remembered how Jesus had been their shepherd, their protector, the one who always saw that they had what they needed. When they were lost, he went looking for them; when challenged and frightened, he comforted and strengthened them. The witnesses of the risen Lord always insisted that it was Jesus of Nazareth who came to them, the same person they had known and experienced before he was nailed to the tree. He bears the wounds of the nails and spear in his hands and feet and side.

Jesus' death and resurrection changes the experience and meaning of death. No longer is it punishment and falling into darkness but passage into the loving hands of God Himself. We return to the One from whom we came, as did Jesus. He promises us eternal life and pledges that to be our destiny. Alleluia!

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Encountering Christ is both a wonderful and challenging experience. We come to the realization that Jesus always wants to give us more of himself. We also notice that in revealing himself Jesus is also asking his friends and disciples to share this Good News with others. It is important that we remember that this blessing is also meant to be a precious grace and blessing to be shared with others.

Encountering Christ is also always a faith experience. How marvelous and blessed gift it is to believe that Christ comes to me, touches me, forgives me, and feeds me. In this Sunday's Gospel reading and many of the gospel readings for the rest of the week, we see these truths exemplified, first with the disciples in the upper room, with Mary on the feast of the Annunciation, with Nicodemus, the crowds who encountered him and are fed by him, and again with his disciples on the storm at sea.

To believe that Jesus is the risen, he tells us, is in itself a great blessing, gift of faith on the order of the one received by the doubting disciple, Thomas, in the upper room. We should beware of taking this gift of faith, our belief in Christ, for granted. Rather pray and ask that you always rejoice in gratitude and cherish greatly the gift that allows us so to believe.

Finally, Jesus calls and commissions us to what he calls disciples in his first encounter with them: it is the mission his Father had given him has now been passed on to us. He comes to us and he is with us so that we may carry on his work. How challenging, how wonderful, how incredible!


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PASSION OF CHRIST
March 2016

For many Christ's Passion is a confounding and horrible mystery. We cannot understand why the Father allowed this. However, through our prayer and reflection on the Last Supper and Eucharist we can gain some understanding of Christ's passion and death. The Eucharist is the sign of Jesus love for us, of his desire to be one with us. The Eucharist is where Jesus is; Eucharist is what gives everything that happens to Him purpose and meaning. We are caught up in a love that holds nothing back, a love that accepts even death, seeing death-in-faith as no limit to God's love.

The Last Supper and Eucharist can become the lens through which we try to take in and comprehend why God and Jesus have allowed this. The Last Supper and Eucharist says Jesus passion is about his desire to be one with us, to share himself as completely as he can, to do this for all times, now in this life and forever in the Risen life.

Praying on the passion of our Lord has been described as an invitation to a most intimate and personal experience at the very core of Jesus being. The prayer with Jesus can be so stark, so simple, so sacred, so profound, that any attempt even to verbalize the experience may seem to be a violation of the sacred. It is a gift from our Lord to take us into all of this and allow us to experience his passion in a way that will deepen, and strengthen our love for Him as well as mold the shape and manner of our discipleship.

My feelings can seem out of context and proportion to what I am considering, i.e., I don't feel as sorrowful as I believe I should or grieve as I believe I should. But I have to accept the feelings with which Christ graces my prayer.

Moreover, for many it frustrating not to be able to do anything-but just be there. This seems so inadequate and I am not content with that. Perhaps all you can do is be present as a friend of Christ and ask that you be allowed to share in his sufferings. But my determination and effort to remain with Christ in itself can be a great grace.


Christ should be the focus of "passion prayer," to be with him and feel for him as he suffers for me. However, to maintain this focus is often not an easy task. As Joe Tetlow comments, "These are terrible events, and we are keeping a death watch." Moreover, in praying the passion the focus can easily change from Christ to me: would I be as cowardly as Peter or Pilate, would I have fled as the other apostles did, how would I withstood the soldiers' lashes?

In order to maintain to keep Christ at the heart of your prayer, Ignatius Loyola stressses noticing what is happening inside of Christ; how he suffers in his humanity; how the divinity as it were is put aside; recalling that he suffers for my sins and for love of me.

In Jesus passion we will find very deep if not the deepest insights into his humanity, how fully he lived our life, how fully human he is; his vulnerability, (he had not experienced the Resurrection); his frustration, his disappointment, his suffering, his great love for me, his willingness to put himself out for love of me.

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I was reading this morning and read the homily that Pope Francis delivered this morning and felt I should share this. We are celebrating the Year of Mercy in our faith and this goes so well on this theme and Lent.

Lent is a privileged time to prepare our hearts to receive God’s forgiveness, and to show it to others, by forgetting their faults.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, as he discussed God’s infinite capacity to forgive as a perfection of his nature.

Francis also pointed out how greatly this contrasts with the inability of fallen human nature to admit our own frailty.

The Jesuit Pope drew inspiration from today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew in which the Apostle Peter asks Jesus how many times we are to forgive a brother who has sinned against us, and the Lord responds, seventy-seven times, which represents ‘always.’

Forgiving, the Pope stressed, means opening our hearts so that God’s mercy might come and forgive us, “for, we all have need of pardon, need to ask forgiveness.”

Stressing that we are to trust in God’s mercy and goodness, Francis noted, “When God forgives, his forgiveness is so great that it is as though God forgets.”

The Argentine Pontiff said this is “quite the opposite” of what we do, “as we chatter: ‘But so-and-so did such-and-such.’ He stressed how much history we have of this and noted we do this because we don’t have merciful hearts.

Francis invited those present to have mercy on others, so they shall feel God’s mercy, who, when “He forgives,” He also “forgets.”

“In the Our Father,” the Pope recalled, “we pray: ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.’ It is an equation: the two sides go together.

“If you are not able to forgive, how will God forgive you? He wants to forgive you, but He will not if you have closed hearts, where mercy cannot enter.”

‘But, Father, I forgive, but I cannot forget the bad turn that so-and-so did me …’. Well, ask the Lord to help you to forget.”

Francis also criticized when we people say ‘I forgive you,’ but mean, ‘You’ll pay me later.’

“This, never!” Francis said. “Forgive as God forgives – to the utmost.”

The Holy Father reminded those gathered that heartfelt pardon, given and received, is always an act of Divine mercy.

Pope Francis concluded, saying,“May Lent prepare our hearts to receive God’s forgiveness – but let us receive it and then do the same with others: forgive heartily.”


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Jesus Returns Home

"Jesus said to them, 'Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.'"
(Lk 4:21)

After his baptism, temptations in the desert and early preaching in the north, Jesus comes back home to Nazareth. In his home synagogue he leads the praise service by reading from the prophet Isaiah and applying the passage to himself. In doing so he gives us an example of how we might use Scripture for our own spiritual growth. Jesus' words in the Gospels are timeless because Jesus is the Christ, yesterday, today and forever. Can we listen with our ears and our hearts and have what Ignatius called "a felt-knowledge" of Jesus' word to us?

Jesus promises "liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind." Can I realize that he is offering freedom to me, here and now as I am, freedom from those things, those behaviors and character defects that still bind me and keep me from loving others as I would like? He wants me to see clearly and truly and promises to take away those self-deceptions and distortions that blind me from seeing myself and others as he sees us. May we always say "Yes, Amen" to Jesus' promises to make us the people he calls us to be.

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Evening Reflections...

“He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?”

Judges 15:18

Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! but when the thirst was upon him, Samson felt that little present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which he had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God's people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to find a little trouble too much for them.

Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a little water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes “halting on his thigh!” Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when he said, “I have slain a thousand men.” His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and he betook himself to prayer. God has many ways of humbling his people.

Dear child of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual one. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, he said, “I am this day weak, though anointed king.” You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson's thirst, and the Lord will not let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to triumph over you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried brother, cheer your heart with Samson's words, and rest assured that God will deliver you ere long.

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The Wedding at Cana

"Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him." (Jn 2:11)

The Bible frequently uses the image of marriage to describe God's relationship with His people, with each person, each of His sons and daughters. Our God delights in us as a groom who is overwhelmed with the beauty of his bride; He gazes on us every moment with infinite compassion and love. He is fascinated with our uniqueness and marvels at our possibilities. As the wedding couple pledge their love and fidelity, so God pledges His unconditional love for each of us for all eternity and invites our response.

Jesus and his mother and disciples came to join the celebration, to witness their promises and pledge their support for the future. When the wine runs out, Jesus responds that it's not time yet for the full revelation of his glory and power, but Mary knows that it's time to begin. Jesus spares the couple the embarrassment and provides 150 gallons of exceptional wine! Our God is never stingy with His gifts and graces. Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the openness and ability to recognize all the signs of God's love and power in our lives, in life itself.

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The Baptism of the Lord

"And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my beloved Son: with you I am well pleased.'" (Lk 3:22)

Jesus' baptism by John is a very important experience for him. He has left behind what had been his normal life and relationships for many years and moved more deeply into his relationship with his Father. Abba God responds with a voice of affirmation and assurance and Jesus accepts his mission and his destiny. No longer is his focus his family, friends and neighbors in little Nazareth; now it is on the Kingdom, the entire human family for all time. He is to share with everyone his experience of God's unconditional love and mercy. He is to be The Man for Others.

Our baptism begins the same journey of discovery for us. As we mature, we realize that loving and caring for others is the only thing that really matters, the only thing that brings real peace and joy. May we begin each day listening for that moment when we, too, hear God's voice affirming and assuring us: " You are my beloved child." For that is truly who we are and nothing we ever do or fail to do will make Him change His mind about us.

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My thoughts for this Sunday's Bible class:

The Feast of the Epiphany

"Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and
overflow ..." (Is 60:5a)

The Magi, the Wise Men from afar, followed the star to look for the King of the Jews and they found a tiny human infant in humble circumstances, no palace or royal trappings. The Spirit allowed and enabled them to see Emmanuel, God-Is-With-Us. They were radiant at what they saw: God loved all of the human family, not only the Jews, and became one of us. Jesus came not to change God's mind about us but our minds about God. As St. Ambrose preached, God was delighted in His creation of Adam and Eve because now He had someone to forgive.

It's the beginning of a new year and we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is present at every moment of our lives and accompanies us in every new beginning and every end.

May we be radiant at what we see as we look at our spouses, children, grandchildren, family, friends and neighbors, and yes, even strangers. May we recognize Christ and His love in each of them and then our hearts will throb and overflow.

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A good friend of mine once said that if you truly believe that in the stable at Bethlehem the infant born to Mary is the son of God then everything else we profess in our faith is a piece of cake. He was not being flippant, but dead serious. From the first time I reflected upon this until now I've appreciated the simple truth of his statement.

The heart of the matter for me is mind-boggling and joyfully overwhelming. Our God so much wants us to be one of us and for us to be one with the Lord that Jesus comes into our world in this manner, so simply, so bereft of all human comfort, so willing to enter into very troubling time in our human history. Our world and all peoples needed him and his message then just as it does now.

The great gift of Christmas is Jesus, that the Son our God is fully one of us and with us. May he open our hearts and minds to appreciate and rejoice in this great gift of himself and his love for us.

A blessed and joyful Christmas to you and yours!

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How do I respond when I see violence in the world? How do I feel when I see sin and injustice? Angry? Sad? Confused? More importantly-what do I do?

I could hide. Some hide literally. Many more hide behind technology, busyness-- and even their own sin. Others want to fight. How do I respond?

Most importantly-how does God respond? He sends His Son, His Most Beloved, His only begotten. God does not run from us, but rather runs toward us as a Father searching for His wounded sons and daughters amid the rubble.



Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Literally _Saw Mountain _-- aptly named. Here Ignatius laid down his sword before the ancient statue of Jesus and Mary.

In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius invites us to, "hear what the Divine Persons are saying, that is, 'Let us work the redemption of the human race... and bring about the most holy Incarnation.'" The entire salvation of mankind will hinge on the response of a poor young woman from Nazareth. Her name is Mary and she is full of grace. She is not full of power and strength-at least not in the way we usually understand those words. She knows herself, and who God is. In her heart, she ponders the angel's invitation: bear the Son of God and be the Mother of God? She speaks with trust and hope: "How can this be?" All the angels, all sinners, all the victims, all of creation leans forward-waiting for her response. Mary answers, "Fiat! Yes, let it be done to me according to your word."

What is the Father's response to our sin and the sins of the whole world? Jesus. God gives us a greater love, a greater gift than we dared to ask. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. In the Gospel, Jesus prophesies about the violence and fear that we will witness. He is right, of course. The effect of sin and disobedience is always destruction, whether big or small. He also promises that we "will see the Son of Man coming," and that our "redemption is at hand." He comes as the tiny child in the womb of Mary; this is the King of the Universe. He is God's 'Yes' to mankind, and Mary's 'Yes' to God.


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Christians Include, Pharisee Exclude

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Christians Include, Pharisees Exclude

“The Christian includes, he does not close the door to anyone, even if this provokes resistance. He who excludes, because he believes himself to be better, generates conflicts and divisions, and does not consider the fact that “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” –Pope Francis

Exclusion was popular in Jesus’ time. The Pharisees, a popular Jewish renewal movement, looked down on the majority of Jews as unclean masses, the “people of the land.” Their exclusionism was often linked with their sense of piety.


“Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” –Romans 14:10

Is it any wonder then that they had problems with Jesus? Jesus included tax collectors and sinners, lepers and women among his followers. These common sinners were drawn to Jesus, because he was inclusive. Keep in mind that Jesus never accepted their sin. But, he knew that beating them over the head with the law wasn’t the best way to get them to lead a more righteous life.

Those who judge drive people away. They create little circles of like-minded friends, consider themselves better, generate conflict and division and risk the judgement of God. Pope Francis reminds us that Christ; in fact, “with His sacrifice on Calvary” unites and includes “all men in salvation.” We should never close the door of our Christian faith to anyone.

Throughout all of salvation history there have been those who close the door on anyone who doesn’t think, act and judge as they do. Human nature hasn’t changed, people still feel superior to those they exclude.

What about today? Are there modern day Pharisees? Are their people so concerned with the rule book that they exclude anyone who doesn’t believe as they do?


“Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather resolve never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” –Romans 14:13

The answer is yes!

In their zeal for the faith, they fail to realize that not everyone is where they are in their personal faith journey. Many have never heard the message of forgiveness, redemption and salvation through Jesus. And, if they drive them away they will never have the opportunity to share the faith. Jesus accepted people just as they were, never accepting their sin, but always accepting them. And, the more they were drawn to Him, the more they moved away from their sin.

Ask a non-Christian or young person their impression of Christians and they will say that Christians are judgmental, hypocritical, and insensitive. That doesn’t sound like people that are supposed to be Christ to the world. In fact, it sounds un-Christian! And, when the modern day Pharisee read this, they’ll find a myriad of excuses why their critics impressions are incorrect.

Yet, that is the reality as church attendance continues to decline each year! They have excluded to the extent that, like the Pharisees, they believe that adherence to their narrow interpretation of the law is the solution rather that the cause of the decline.

As Pope Francis continues to remind us, the Christian includes, the Pharisee excludes. That is why he has talked of a more inclusive church, one that gets its hands dirty, serving the poor, marginalized and excluded “people of the land.”

What can we do to be more inclusive without compromising our faith? How can we avoid the trap of becoming a modern day Pharisee and be more Christ-like?

Let’s shine the light of Christ to drawn people to him not drive them away. People are drawn to sincerity, sensitivity, respect and gentleness. If we meet people where they are in their faith journey with respect and sincerity, we will shine the light of Jesus on them. We can’t ask people to behave before they believe! As we are reminded in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.”

Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. In Galatians we learn of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness. Most Christians like the idea of the virtues, but not necessarily the practice of them! We need to filter our actions through the virtues.

Let’s share the truth of the faith with them in love. People need truth and love! We need to lead with love. In Ephesians 4:15 we read, “Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, ”

Let’s pray for them. I don’t have to agree with anyone to pray that the Lord touches them in a special way and opens them to the truth of our Christian faith. Let’s pray for those who are lost rather that judge them.

Let’s be true Christians and include and not be modern day Pharisees and exclude. Let’s not lose the opportunity to share our beautiful Christian faith with love.

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A friend sent this to me this morning. I have seen it before, but don't believe we can see it too often. Take a 3 1/2 minute break and watch this.

www.youtube.com/embed/moBvLFbFdJ4

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Become like Children

“At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” –Matthew 18:1-5

This week, we returned home from a trip to California to visit my son, daughter-in-law and grandson Nico, especially Nico! It was wonderful and I got to spend plenty of time with this 16-month old non-stop energy dynamo.

I’m exhausted, but in a very positive way and have a new appreciation of what it takes for young couples to raise little ones. It seems the older we get the more we push those sleepless nights, never ending diaper changes and meals that end up on the floor out of our memories!

I recalled that just before I left for California, I read the gospel of Matthew that said we need to become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. So, what is it that makes children better candidates for heaven? What are the attributes that Jesus is talking about that we need to model?


“Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship.” –Brennan Manning

As I observed Nico over the next few days, it all became much clearer to me. Here are a few things that I observed about little children:

They live in the present. The most important thing to a child is what they are doing right now. They aren’t depressed because of some event of the past or anxious about something they must do tomorrow. They simply aren’t concerned about anything except the Legos or puzzle or book right in front of them.
They practice unconditional love. Children have the ability to be happy no matter what. They can go from crying to giggles in a matter of seconds, completely putting out of their mind the reason they were crying only moments earlier.
They are humble and meek. Children totally submit to their parents, rely on their parents and trust their parents to be there when danger is near.
They live in simplicity. Children accept thing as they are, they don’t question things or become jealous of others homes, cars, or income.
They are full of awe. Children have a pure heart, taking in everything around them with wide-eyed awe. Their first trip to the zoo, playground or water park is experienced with pure joy.

“It is the childlike mind that finds the kingdom.” –Charles Fillmore

So, what can we learn from them? What are the things that Jesus is suggesting when he says we must be like one of these children?

Like children, we need to live in the present. We need to understand that living in the past causes depression and living in the future causes anxiety. We must be mindful of the moment and live each day to its fullest.

In doing so, we must practice unconditional love. Our joy often comes from serving others, being there for family and friends, and being less judgmental.

We need to be humble and practice gratitude, kindness and forgive others. We need to be grateful for what we have and not spend valuable time being jealous of others.

And, we need to simplify our lives and view the world with the same awe as a child.

Most importantly, we can’t do this on our own. We need to have that same humility and total trust for God that our children have for parents and grandparents. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that Jesus has our back, if we only submit to his loving touch.

It’s amazing what you can learn from a 16-month old child. If we turn away from self-reliance, away from sin, to a simple, humble, awe filled, loving life, we can prepare ourselves to enter heaven and maybe, like a child, experience heaven on earth.

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The Yelling Man

"Bartimaeus, a blind man, began to cry out and say, 'Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.' ... Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to him, 'Master, I want to see.'" (Mk 10:47, 51)

When Jesus walked this earth, the Jewish religious authorities believed and taught that anyone suffering from a physical or mental disability were already judged and condemned by God. They were driven from the community and forced to live outside the towns in the cemeteries and garbage dumps. Jesus taught and demonstrated through his miraculous cures that in fact such drastically needy persons were favored by God because they had no one else on whom to call and depend.

Jesus invites Bartimaeus into relationship and asks what it is he wants. Jesus knows; anyone could see that this poor beggar was blind. He wants him to reveal himself, to name and own his reality. In the Spiritual Exercises Ignatius instructs us to be very specific in our prayer, to tell the Lord what grace we feel we need, to reveal ourselves and own our reality as we know it. Jesus gives Bartimaeus his sight and the first thing he ever sees is the face of Jesus. Let us ask the Lord to remove our particular forms of blindness so that we, too, might see the face of Jesus more clearly, especially in those most needy in our lives.

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True Greatness

"Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
(Mk 10:43b-45)

Some people have chosen professions and careers that involve service of others, e.g., medical professions and teachers; but all of us are called through our baptisms to share in Jesus' life of service for others. When James and John ask to be the greatest in the Kingdom, Jesus points out that they don't understand. Greatness in the Kingdom is not a matter of accomplishments, talents and skills but the lived realization that all is a gift from our loving God and we are to share our gifts with those in our lives. Jesus came to share his life with all of his sisters and brothers and gave that example when he washed his apostles' feet at the last supper. We pray that we might grow in our desire and willingness to give loving service and help to those God has put into our lives, especially those most in need.


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Worldly Riches

"Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, 'You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.'" (Mk 10:21)

The rich young man fails not in having riches but in his attitude towards them. They have become his security, his identity, his purpose in life. He no longer owns them; they own him and he is not free to choose otherwise. Ignatius calls that an "attachment" when we give power to something and forget or fail to recognize that everything is a gift from God's loving hand. We are to make use of His gifts, our riches, in so far as they help us to praise, reverence and serve Him. Our riches are so much more than what shows on our financial statements and bank balances; they are our time and talents, our abilities and willingness, our love and shows of affection for others, the smile freely given. All of our gifts are to be shared with others, to enrich them as well. It's not the one who has the most who is happiest but the one who needs the least.

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Yes, we do need to remember this. Women tend to stay in the background with their work but they are always there to support and lift up the men in their lives. Thank you Bob.

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The Women Journeying with Christ and Caring for His Needs (Luke 8, 1-3)

This week's Gospel on Friday, (Luke 8, 1-3) briefly and almost offhandedly refers to the different groups of women who were with Jesus as he carried on his public life with his disciples and friends. It is so easy to pass over these verses and not realize what extraordinary women they were. Some were among those he had cured; but there were "several others who provided for them out of their own resources." These women, in other words, enabled Jesus and his followers to get the food and drink and shelter they required; and they paid for this out of their own resources. Reference is also made to these same women present at the crucifixion. So they had remained faithful to Jesus throughout his public life and even during the terrible times and agonies of his trial and crucifixion. But there is even more, they watched to see where he was buried and on the morning of the Resurrection they went to the tomb to anoint his body.

Thus we see how from the very beginning the important role women have had in supporting and carrying on the ministry of Jesus and his followers. We need always to remember this and be grateful for it

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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOSING WEIGHT

1) EXERCISE -- A minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise to increase the heart rate three times per week. Talk to your doctor and start slowly. More exercise is OK as long as it is sensible and balanced.
2) EAT HEALTHY -- Have balanced meals, more fruits, vegetables and fish, less red meat and far less junk food. Vitamin supplements are OK if guided by a nutritionists or doctor.
3) EAT LESS -- Conscious eating always produces a significant decrease in food consumption.This can mean as much as 50 to 75-percent difference in some compulsive eaters.
NOTE: One's ability to consistently fulfill and practice Laws 1, 2 and 3 is dependent upon the practice of all 7 Laws below. Will power and denial are no substitutes. The ability to sustain the practice of the first three Laws is a direct result of practicing Laws 4 through 10.
4) SELF-EXPRESSION -- Being and doing your true self in action, words and thinking is essential. Say what you mean, do what is right for you and live a life that reflects your best talents and skills. This Law is highly dependent upon the practice of Laws 5 through 10.
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5) SELF-ACCEPTANCE -- A willingness and ability to love and accept yourself as the imperfect and wonderful person that you are. Overcoming crippling self-hate and extreme self-judgment and replacing them with compassion and a realistic assessment of your true value. This Law is dependent upon the practice of Laws 7, 9 and 10.
6) MANAGE EMOTIONS-- The ability to identify, observe and productively focus and/or express your intense emotions. This Law is dependent upon the practice of Law 7.
7) HEAL EMOTIONS -- Identifying, experiencing and working through your emotional wounds so they no longer dominate your behavior, your relationships and your sense of self. This Law is dependent upon the practice of Laws 8, 9 and 10.
8) MANAGE THINKING -- The ability to identify, observe and productively focus your thought processes. Includes the awareness that most thinking is perceiving as opposed to knowing. This Law is dependent upon the practice of Law 9.
9) HEAL THINKING -- Identifying, experiencing and working through your mental wounds so that they no longer dominate your emotions, your perceptions, your relationships and your sense of self.
10) SPIRITUAL NURTURE AND DEVELOPMENT -- A willingness and ability to connect and relate to a Higher Power. An ability to allow that Source to guide your life and nurture your deepest needs. This Law affects all other Laws. Your ability to practice it effectively can be limited by issues either healed or avoided in Laws 7 and 9.

Fit's Tip: Some people diet religiously and some people even follow a diet religion, but remember, moderation is key.

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i so wish I could do that. My son and wife are both pack rats, and our house is busting at the seams. If I had the time I would try a yard sale, but too much work. I might just call some charity and tell them to bring a truck and come and get it!

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I love living with less. When we were packing to move, my MIL and I did all the packing and boy, did we get rid of some stuff. My husband is a hoarder and we were able to give all the things we don't use to the Rescue Mission. And it's so nice to know that we were helping people in need. I did have to play a little stupid when he asked me where something was and his reply was "mom probably gave it away- she's good at that." I would just nod and move on. My house is very spare and I like it that way. Just don't want a lot of stuff.

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Living with Less

Is it not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.” ― Saint Basil the Great

Let’s face it; we live in a society addicted to more. Our homes are 50% larger than they were in the 1970’s. We covet every new electronic gadget. We supersize our happy meals and accumulate more and more stuff.

Americans have bought in to the empty promise of consumerism. We think that more stuff means more happiness and are amazed when we realize that it’s just not true.

I have never considered myself a minimalist, but as I get older, I get great joy out of giving away things that I no longer need or use. I have never been a hoarder, my wife Diane has seen to that. As a decorator, she is always decluttering our home and our lives.

At least twice a year, she goes through our home with a fine-tooth comb and makes trips to St. Vincent DePaul, Marian’s Closet, Haven of Rest, Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations that help those in need, with wonderful items we no longer need.


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – Saint Augustine

As we give away furniture, clothing, and housewares, an interesting thing happens. We realize that in addition to helping someone else, we didn’t need these possessions in the first place.

Instead of chasing stuff, we are free to chase gratitude and generosity, realizing that everything we have and give is a gift from God.

Instead of investing in stuff, we are free to invest in our spiritual growth and our relationships with family and friends.

As it says in Matthew’s gospel, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” –Matthew 6:19-21

And, here is the best part; as we declutter and live with less we find ourselves desiring less. We realize that desiring less is more valuable that owning less! It’s liberating!

The same is true for money. How we use money is one the greatest spiritual indicators. Do we take from our excess and put our money to work where it will do the most good. Do we support those charities and ministries that we identify with?

As the old saying goes, money and possessions are lousy lovers. In the book of Ecclesiastes (5:10-15) we learn what money and possessions can’t buy; contentment, friendship, peace of mind, security, and life after death.


“He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” –Luke 3:11

Why not give it a try. There is no time like the present to get started. Start small. Your home, garage, office, or attic might contain items that can help a young family just getting started have a couch, chair or table that you no longer are using.

Those old, but still good, pots and pans you put in the basement when you got the new ones, would be a great starter set for someone going off to college.

The boxes of hardly worn baby clothes in the attic might help a struggling single mother with beautiful outfits that she could never afford.

The old lawn mower sitting in the back of the garage, might help a new homeowner who has to choose between purchasing a new one or feeding his family.

I promise you this; you’ll not only feel good but as you live the life that Jesus asks of us happiness and joy will follow. You will be living the Christian lifestyle.

Let’s get started!

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Great food for thought. Thank you Bob.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa
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8/27/15 10:41 A

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God Is Outside the Box


Do you ever imagine that your life is settled into nice, neat boxes? Here is my work box. Here is my family box. Here is my volunteer box. Here is my exercise box. And it seems the point is to keep all those boxes balanced, healthy, and safe. I faithfully do my Examen to find where God is present in each box as I go through my day. And just when I think I have life almost balanced and right where everything needs to be, that’s when the desolation of control sets in. The more I have life “figured out” according to my plan, ironically, the more desolation I seem to feel. My heart questions, “Is this it? I have all my boxes checked. Why am I still feeling empty?”

That emptiness tells me that no matter how good it feels to be secure and comfortable with my boxes, with my worldview and my way of doing things, God is outside the box. It is almost as if God were saying, “Oh, you think you have found Me? Try again. Now I’m over here!” with a Voice echoing from the far side of the warehouse of life.

Most likely the Voice is calling to me from the last place I’d like to look—the place I was positive I would never go. Maybe it is that group of people I had completely written off. Maybe it is in giving up something I thought I couldn’t live without. Maybe it is going places I have never been before. No matter how challenging it is, though, to move outside the comfort zone of my usual boxes, I must. It’s the only way to end the empty desolation of staying in the same controlled boxes all our lives. It is the only way really to find God, or at least, get a few steps closer.

Rather than staying in the safe box of Paris, St. Ignatius Loyola sent his companions all over the world. Even to this day the Jesuits are pushed to go to the margins of society and life. We’d like to think it is because those on the margins need us, so we are willing to sacrifice our comfort zones to reach out and serve them. Such heroics are good for the ego (and make great social media posts). What a shocker it is then to find that all those places we thought we had known God before pale in comparison to how we experience God outside the box. Ignatius knew very clearly that we go to the margins, outside of our boxes, not as much so the people we encounter will know God in us, but so we can find God through them.

What boxes do you need to get out of to get a little closer to that Voice calling out to you?



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8/17/15 1:48 P

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I used to be that person, multi-tasking while worrying about all the things I had to do later. I never stopped and I rarely slept more than three or four hours a night. What a mess I was. Then I became ill and was forced to slow down. While being sick with a chronic illness is no picnic, it has its advantages- I've had to slow down, I can pay attention to what I'm doing, I have deepened my relationship with God, I've learned to take better care of myself by paying attention to my body instead of ignoring it, etc. It's a better life overall. Now, if I could just get my husband to pay any attention to me! Thanks Bob.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa
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Attentive or Distracted?

“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” –St. Augustine

Dad, are you listening to me? Honey, we talked about this yesterday, don’t you remember? Bob, you said you would pick up the kids after school. They waited for over an hour, why can you do this one simple thing?

Attentiveness has really taken a hit in this fast paced, time-famine world we live in. There is always something else going on in our minds. Our smart phones are constantly ringing, beeping and buzzing with the latest call, text message or email. We just can’t seem to catch up or catch a break. We lose the present worrying about the past and anticipating the future.

Debbie makes her way through the grocery store with three kids, all under five, in tow. The youngest is in tears dropping her pooh bear over the side of the cart to the floor. The five year old wanders off to check out the cookie aisle. But Deb is tethered to her smart phone, planning a party for her sorority sister, while her kids are begging for her attention.

Bill has finally gotten a night off to spend at home with his kids. They are eager to share with their dad their stories of soccer games and cheerleading competition. But Bill’s mind is a million miles away. He is worried about the big presentation he has to make in the morning. He half listens and later can’t remember a thing they shared. The next day during the presentation, Bill feels guilty for not being more mindful of them.

Brad and Sue have been married for two years. Sue can’t wait until Brad gets home from work to share the good news about the promotion she got at work. Brad walks in the house, barely acknowledging her, and making no eye contact, grabs a beer from the refrigerator and plops down in his easy chair. Brad’s only concern is the rumor that his company might be laying off workers and he would be one of them. He misses the opportunity to share in her joy and have her console him in his fears. Brad and Sue are heading for divorce.


“Therefore, we must attend all the more to what we have heard, so that we may not be carried away.” –Hebrews 2:1

No one would disagree that living in the moment, mindfulness, and being more attentive to the present sounds wonderful, in theory. But doing it, that’s another thing!

How can we be “all-in” for our spouse, kids, friends and coworkers? How can put aside the problem from yesterday or become anxious about tomorrow and be mindful and more attentive to what is happening right now?

Here are a few things we can try;

1. Remove the distractions. When you get home from work remove the smart phone and your car keys from your pocket and put them away. I place my keys on the counter and plug my smart phone into the charger. I consider it a success when I don’t touch it again until I leave for work in the morning.

2. Quit multi-tasking and do one thing at a time. Many people would say that’s impossible, but research indicated that when you are shopping, watching your three kids and talking on your smart phone, you will do none of the tasks well.

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” –Albert Einstein

3. Make eye contact and listen. Your spouse and kids know when you are paying attention. You stop what you are doing, make eye contact and listen. Kids want dad to look them in the eyes and be truly happy for their accomplishments.

4. Ask questions. If you are not getting the whole story or are having trouble following, ask questions, get clarifications. If you do this, you won’t be in the big presentations wondering what your kids said to you the night before.

5. Start with their life before yours. You have things to share as well. But, make it a habit of listening to stories about your spouse or children’s day before sharing yours. Brad would have been able to celebrate Sue’s promotion today by not fixating on the anxiety of what might happen at his tomorrow. By starting with her first, she would have the opportunity not only to share her good news but be attentive to his situation.

Want a balanced, happy and fulfilling life? Then, practice attentiveness. Be mindful of what is happening right now, with your spouse, kids, and friends. And, let’s try to be more attentive to what the Lord is asking of us. Let’s clear away the distractions and listen. God is speaking to us, if we were just more attentive.

God bless you, my friend.

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We learn by doing. A young boy watches the big kids play soccer. He sees them running, kicking, sliding, and scoring. He wants to play, too. He sees a ball and starts to run and kick and and run some more. His friend joins him. True, they aren't so fast and skilled as the big kids; but they have fun, and build their skills as they play. Eventually, a parent can teach the boy: 'Son, here is how you pass the ball. Here is how you can kick it better.' The explanation makes sense to him only after he has tried it. We learn by doing.




We learn faith by 'doing' faith. "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." Taste, then see. Do, then understand. Try it. Sing and pray, and see what happens. Certainly our Catholic faith has an intellectual component-- we can study the Scriptures, learn about the saints, and discuss Church teaching. But all of this makes sense only after we've had an encounter with Christ in the Church. Faith is caught, like a holy virus. The actions teach us. Many of us enter the Church as children and join the worship before we can speak. A boy can taste before he can speak. Prayer and study helps us to understand the worship and enter it more fully.

In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that when we "eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood," then we truly have life-- even eternal life. A relationship with Jesus is something we 'do.' He goes first, then I respond. We drink in His Word in the Scriptures. We consume His Body in the Eucharist. These actions form me and inform me. Taste then see. Do then learn. Christ teaches me by feeding me.

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You're very welcome, if we don't know where we come from, how can we know where to go?

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Next time someone asks me where I'm from, I'm going to say "from God." Thanks Bob.

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Where are you from? It's a common question that we ask all the time. "I'm from South County," or Chicago or New York. We ask because we're looking for a glimpse into the person: her background, his environment, her family. Even more importantly, I can ask: Where am I from?

Yes, I'm from a certain place. And my true home is in heaven. Yes, I love my family. And God is the Father of All--and my Father. He made me (with help from my parents!). I'm from God, and by his grace I am returning to Him.

In Sunday's Gospel, the crowd wonders where Jesus is from. Yes, Nazareth-- but truly he's from Heaven. His mother is Mary and God is His Father. Jesus leads us back to Our Father in Heaven. He guides us and feeds us on this 'earthly pilgrimage'-- one fraught with joy, wonder, sorrow and adventure. The food that He gives us for this journey is Himself. The Eucharist is Jesus, the Bread of Life. He is the food from Heaven that leads us Home.


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So nice to know God is always here with us.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa
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We can all be reassured that God is always with us.

Every day, it seems, we're bombarded by disturbing images and stories about natural disasters and human atrocities from all around the world. The relentlessness of present-day news (and social media) coverage makes it almost impossible to escape these troubling reports. That's why it's good to be prepared to talk as a family about dealing with tragedy.

Television and internet-based video coverage are what analysts describe as "hot" mediums. They create an impression of directness and immediacy, as if the events on screen are happening "right there" in front of the viewer. It's best to shield younger kids, especially, from this kind of reporting as much as possible. But you can sit down with older children and talk about what has happened: "How do you think the people in this situation are feeling? How would you feel if you were in their place?" Try to turn a difficult scenario into an opportunity to help your kids develop empathy and compassion for people they haven't met and will probably never know.

The reality is that the world is not necessarily a safe place, and bad things do happen from time to time. Still, as Christians we can all be reassured with the thought that God is always with us, that He has promised to stand by us, and that He will take care of us no matter what comes our way ... John 14:27.

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When I get really down and feel that the world is totally dumping on me, I remember Jesus on the cross for my sins. and His trip to Calvary, and my problems don't seem so bad. If He could endure that for me, then I must bear the cross I have to carry. You have a great outlook on it now and remember you are not enduring it alone.

Bob

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Thank you for this very important reminder that we can be healed through faith. And even if we are not healed, God will see to it that we can be thankful and faithful even in the midst of an illness, a bad marriage, etc. I do not know where I would be physically and emotionally if God had not led me to doctors and counsellors who have helped me deal with my physical, emotional and spiritual sicknesses. Sure, there have been bumps in the road where I have been filled with despair but now I know how to live and cope with my physical illness with acceptance and grace, even though it is hard at times.

There are no great acts of love, only small acts done with great love- Mother Teresa
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