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Learning How to Pray takes Time and Practice

Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer happens suddenly, or never happens at all. We kid ourselves that saints are born or created by an arbitrary decision of God who every now and then suddenly decides to top up humanity’s quota. This is a comforting idea that we harbour at the back of our minds because it absolves us from any serious effort to live in union with God.  read on....

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Feast of St.. Maximilian Kolbe, 20th Century Saint

Kolbe, a 20th century Franciscan monk. He died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, in Poland, during World War II. In true Christian fashion, he laid down his life for another person, by volunteering to take the place of another man. This one action shows fortitude, courage, bravery, and self-giving love in a truly Christ-like manner. Who among us could say that we would have the strength of faith to do the same? At the time of his death, he was only 47 years old. But what he accomplished, in such a short life, is forever memorable. Maximillian Kolbe’s Love for the Immaculate Conception As a young boy, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, appeared to Maximillian Kolbe and offered him a choice between two crowns; one white, for perseverance in piety, and the other red, for martyrdom. Maximillian bravely replied ... Read more...

'Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Prophet Jeremiah Byzantine Mosaic Artist [Web Gallery of Art]
So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud (Jeremiah 38:6, First Reading).
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Gospel Luke 12:49-53 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: fa…

What are you Dragging around Unfinished?

Over 30 years ago, when earth tones were all the rage, I started an afghan that was brown, rust and cream colored.It was an ambitious project and quite boring, mostly due to the fact that it was made entirely by using the afghan stitch.
If you don’t know the afghan stitch, let me explain it to you.You put a bunch of loops on one large knitting needle, and then you take them all off.Then you put them all on again, and then you take them all off again.You do this—I don’t know—a couple of hundred times at least.
Suffice it to say that as we were preparing for a garage sale, I had to make a decision about my afghan that was about 1/3 of the way done.It has been moved from place to place around my basement for several years.It was kept in a big box with big skeins of yarn.
I had to accept reality.I was not going to finish this monster.But, what should I do with it?I thought maybe I could sell it in the garage sale, but people smarter than I knew not to throw down any money on it.
So, as h…

Aggressiveness and Arrogance - Not! Seek Gentleness!

When someone seems aggressive or arrogant don’t you want to run away as soon as possible? Aggressiveness and arrogance are unseemly; definitely not traits that draw people closer. So why are so many people aggressive and arrogant?   If you’ve ever been told that you come on too strong, then the virtue that you want to practice is gentleness. For when we seek gentleness, our entire disposition changes for the better. Seek Gentleness Gentleness is not only a fruit of the Spirit, but also the state of possessing a kind, amiable, mild-tempered nature, where one judges conscience by reason rather than by passion. Gentleness calls us to be prudent in forming judgments logically, rather than impulsively. Now, doesn’t that sound like a persona that you would be attracted to, rather than someone who is aggressive or arrogant? We could use more gentle spirits in our society today. Seeking gentleness within our own spirits is... Read more... 

'Now and at the hour of our death.' Sunday Reflections, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

St Francis and Brother Leo Meditating on Death El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelLuke 12:32-48 [or 35-40] (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fast…

Are you focusing on "What's Next?"

I came across a thought-provoking article my a writer named Gustavo Razzetti that gave me great pause.His article was titled, “Why Accepting Death Will Make You Worry Less.”
While I don’t necessarily agree with his proposition that the acceptance of death will make you worry less, for me the interesting part of his article was the exercise he said he learned from someone named Bernie Roth at Stanford.Here’s how it goes:
“Imagine you have 10 min to live, what would you do?”
Answering the questions one at a time with great thought, we are to continue the exercise moving from 10 minutes, to ten days, ten months, ten years and the rest of your life; then see what happens to your perspective.
I don’t normally spend much time on these sorts of questions, but for some reason, this one caught my attention.As I reflected on what I would do, beginning with 10 minutes, the first one was easy.
Without hesitation and with great urgency, I would go to confession and receive the Eucharist and get a…

Death Came to Dayton

Saturday night had been Sunday morning for just over an hour when death came to a street in Dayton, Ohio.

A young man killed eight folks who had been outside a bar.

He's dead. too. Probably killed by police.

One of the killer's victims was his sister.

Maybe she was an intended victim.

Maybe she'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time....

...We know who, how, where and how many were killed. The crime's "why" is another matter. The killer is dead, so investigators can't ask him.

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Hatred Breeds Pain, Respect Breeds Love

I do not like the hatred and divisiveness, overtly promoted by the President of the United States, permeating throughout our country. His words are hurtful and racist. They are demeaning, and filled with vindictiveness. By his actions, I have witnessed him violating the Fifth Commandment many times. To violate the Fifth Commandment, you need not merely kill someone. You can violate the Fifth Commandment through expressions of hatred, anger, abusive language, resentment, vindictiveness, and yes, via expressions of racism. We CANNOT follow his example by jeering racist chants at rallies. Nor, should we follow his example by tweeting offensive commentary on Twitter. Nor, should we condone his despicable behavior toward the vulnerable immigrant, the person of color, and the marginalized. Instead, we need to cling to respect, for respect breeds love. Respect Breeds Love We need to: Channel our energy towards doing good.Express respect for others, especially those who do not look, or act, li…

PODCAST - Sadness is Not a Christian Attitude? Say What? CC020

In today’s episode of Cassidy CommentsI offer my response to the idea that “sadness is not a Christian attitude” as mentioned in an article from the website Vatican News quoting Pope Francis.
What is the Pope saying?Is he implying that Christians cannot/should not be sad?Is that even possible?
I dig a little deeper and check out some scriptural references and uncover the relationship between sadness, joy and what Jesus and the Pope have to say about it.
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I Never Stop Missing My Dad

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of my father. I never stopped missing my dad over these past twenty years. He was a quiet man of little words, but when he did speak, I would listen. I learned at a young age, to not ask for my dad’s opinion, unless I really wanted it. You see, he kept things to himself, unless asked. I remember writing a fifth-grade essay, for which I was very proud of my efforts; so proud, that I asked my father to read it and tell me what he thought. Of course, he would love it because I thought it was so good. NOT! Oh, did he give me an earful of commentary. Humbly, I went away making the corrections. I don’t remember the grade for that essay, but I do remember the value I placed upon my father’s opinions. I treasure them. My dad’s words of wisdom greatly impacted my life. Today, I am a published author and editor of self-published manuscripts. My Dad and His Words of Wisdom From fifth grade on, I listened well to my father, and took his words of wis…

A better future for Mexican Lesbians. (Spanish) Por un mejor futuro para lesbianas mexicanas.

Las mujeres lesbianas han captado la atención pordécadas, pero solo como un apéndice de los movimientos LGBTI, que parecieran haber logrado solucionar los problemas de discriminación de esta pequeña parte de la población, pero sacrificando la salud de muchos.
Pequeña, sí, pues a nivel mundial, solo el.0012 de la población son mujeres lesbianas , de la cual , el .0008 mas bien son bisexuales(1).Estos movimientos politicosociales, al ser sobrerepresentados han derivado en mayor exposición a riesgos de salud y de vida de muchas jóvenes y niñas a las que ahora se les presenta como una “opción liberadora” de un “menú” de como ejercer su sexualidad y además glamorosa y sin mayor repercusiones.

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