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Love One Another!

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Over the past six and a half years my main message throughout this blog boils down to loving one’s neighbor. Whenever we embody virtue, which is good and comes from God, we become more Christ-like. So, the embrace of virtue makes it easier for us to follow Christ’s command to “love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another” (John 13:34)Love One AnotherWhen we show compassion or empathy for another person, we show that we care. If we lend a listening ear, when we are pressed for time, we demonstrate patience. The giving of our time to others is one way for us to love one another.When we ease the pain of those in distress by donating food to a food bank, or donating money to a good cause, we demonstrate charity. We lift others up in dignity by doing so.When we share our talents for the glory of God, and for the benefit of others, we love our neighbor. Volunteering at one’s church is a great place to start.Receive Love When we give of our time, talent, and treasure…

Anger is Unproductive

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Have you ever noticed that getting angry does not solve the problem? In fact, it most likely exacerbates the problem. Tensions rise and nothing gets resolved.  Therefore, anger is unproductive.Anger is UnproductiveAnger disrupts the peace. It serves no good purpose. That is why it is considered one of the seven deadly sins, and therefore intrinsically evil. Anger also is a violation of the Fifth Commandment because anger laced upon someone else diminishes the dignity of the recipient. For anything that reduces the value of another is a violation of the Fifth Commandment. For examples, forms of anger like hatred, vindictiveness, resentment, revenge, and racism all violate the Fifth Commandment. These forms of anger have become pervasive in our society, which may explain the heightened divisiveness that we now all experience.Love is ProductiveLove is the emotion that is the antithesis to anger. It is both a fruit of the spirit and a virtue. With love, we... Read more... 

Love Your Neighbor, from Afar!

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This social distancing thing is taking its toll on many of us. As human beings, God made us to be social beings, meant to live in community with each other. Even one of the two greatest Commandments is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39). So, how can we love our neighbor, if we are staying inside our homes? Our “New Normal”? We like to gather together to work, play and worship as community. So, this coronavirus has really put a kink into our lifestyle. At work, difficult discussions always have the best outcomes when meeting face to face. When at home, we live for the hugs and kisses, the interactions from sports, and the chats with neighbors across the picket fence. At church services, we come together, united in spirit, to worship God as one family, sharing the sign of Peace, and drinking from the cup. Life seems to have been turned upside down. We now work alone, using technology to interact in meetings. Or, we are unemployed. We live low-key lives in our homes, consta…

Find Virtue in a Time of Crisis

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With all the illness and death, due to the coronavirus, possibly affecting our relatives and friends, we may find it difficult to see virtue. Yet, the virtues of caring, kindness, patience, generosity, gentleness, love, compassion, courage and hope abound. Especially in times of crisis, we need to find virtue, or we might just go insane! Find VirtueCaring: We don’t need to look far to see caring eyes behind those masks of the nurses and doctors. Kindness: When we see the 7 p.m. round of applause for all of the hospital workers; that is a pure act of kindness, showing gratitude. Patience: We show patience while waiting for our turn to get that coveted toilet paper. Generosity: Oregon and California’s generosity were on full display in the lending of ventilators and sharing supplies with those states in more dire need. Read more...

Thoughts on CV: all of my thoughts on hope in a time of crisis

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Rutledge Falls, Manchester, TN

Finding Peace and Hope
This weekend, Stephen and I took a hike to Rutledge Falls. With the torrential downpour we had the days and nights leading up to it, it was in peak form. In a hectic time, I felt the whispers of peace and the rush of sanity while out in nature. Here are some thoughts which began to form in my mind over the quietness of the weekend.
During this time of trial and pandemonium, are you keeping your children safe? Are you keeping loved ones and the elderly safe in the wake of the pandemic? Are you doing your part, by not being too dismissive about the current Coronavirus scare and lockdown?

On a spiritual level, do you have peace?

Do you feel paralyzed by fear and anxiety during this time because of what you are hearing on the news or from those close to you? Is God truly with you and with us during this time?
Remember that not only is God with you, but he has many promises for you.  “The least of these will be the greatest.” “I have come t…

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Wishing You and Yours Christmas Blessings

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Merry Christmas, one and all! I write to you today, wishing you Christmas blessings, because I intend to take Wednesday off and celebrate the day with my husband. I have much to be thankful for this year, having received many blessings throughout the year. However, I find the Christmas blessings that Christ bestows on us at this time of year to be very special. Christmas BlessingsPeace – Christ’s peace is ever present, but especially prescient at this time of year. We celebrate the Incarnation of Christ on this day. The revelation of God made man for our sakes, to free us from sin and death, is mind-boggling. Yet, Christ came to bring us Peace. Joy – Knowing God’s immense love for each of us should bring us a deep and abiding sense of joy. Who else could love us that much to send His only Son to save us from sin and death? Read more...

Death Came to Dayton

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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

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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…

Giving Thanks for Those Who Gave All

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Today is Memorial Day, here in the United States. We dedicate today in remembrance of the those who gave their all, in defense of our country. Giving thanks is the least we can do for those who gave their lives, so that we might live freely. It takes much bravery to shed one’s blood for the unconditional love of one’s fellow countrymen. These soldiers acted in a very Christ-like manner, remembering Christ’s own words: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). As Jesus gave His life, on the Cross, to defeat sin and death, our deceased soldiers gave their lives to preserve our freedom. Unlike Christ, who knows us intimately, these soldiers don’t even know our names. Yet, they gave their all for our sake. That is ultimate human love and generosity at its best. Read more...

May: The Month of Mary and Motherly Love

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We have a long-honored tradition of dedicating May as a month to honor both Mary, our spiritual mother, and our earthly mothers. We set aside this time to specifically demonstrate our appreciation for motherly love. Whether our earthly mothers are alive or have passed on, we express our eternal gratitude for their unconditional, self-giving love. My mom passed away 19 years ago. Yet, to this day, I express gratitude for all the sacrifices that my mom undertook for me.  Together, with my dad, my parents sacrificed a lot to ensure that I received the best chance at life. The same can be said for Mary, our spiritual mother. She sacrificed her own Son, watching Him die on the Cross, so that we might have eternal life. Ways to Express Gratitude for Motherly Love As we move through this month of May, how might you express your gratitude for the motherly love of both Mary and your earthly mother? Here are a few suggestions: Read more...

A Love Such as Heaven Intended - Book Review

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In A Love Such as Heaven Intended, the third in a Civil War series, Amanda Lauer shows us that even during times of war, love wins. In this enchanting book, we meet Josephine Katherine Bigelow, a social elite, of the Washington D.C. circuit. As a recent graduate from the Georgetown Academy for Young Ladies, Josephine has grand plans to become a writer. Thinking she needs no further education, she readies herself to conquer the world with her pen. Yet, her father, on the other hand, Brigadier General Matthias Bigelow, has different designs. Although the country is at war, and the General is one of President Abraham Lincoln’s right-hand men, he wants to see his daughter receive more education. But, Josephine knows well how to get what she wants. By wrapping her father around her little finger, Josephine sets out on an adventure that proves to us all that living life fully means finding a love such as Heaven intended. Josephine Bigelow sets out on a course only God could design. First s…

Jesus Didn’t Stay Dead

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We relive events from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday in close to real time.

Our Lord was arrested Thursday night. The Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod had questioned Jesus by Friday morning....

...By Friday evening, Jesus was dead....

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Christchurch: Headcam at the Mosques

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You've almost certainly seen the news by now. Someone killed more than four dozen folks at a Friday afternoon prayer meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

One attack was east of the city's center, the other west. Both were about a mile from Cathedral Square....

I noticed familiar angles in today's news and op-eds covering the attacks....

...That's understandable. Even if some outfit managed to get all the facts and discussed how they'd affect — or might affect — everyone, I doubt that anyone would read the result. Maybe a few news wonks, with entirely too much time on their hands.

I've got an angle or two, myself....

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Life's Greatest Lesson - Book Review

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If you are looking for a quick read that sets your heart aglow, then you will want to pick up a copy of Life’s Greatest Lesson, by Allen R. Hunt.  We can all use a feel-good story every now and then, and this one is a winner! In this charming story, we meet 10-year-old Christopher Grace, the first-born grandson of Lavish Grace. Christopher, and his Grandpa, Tom Grace, tell us all about Lavish through various interactions and stories. Grandma was one special lady. Her passing brought all kinds of people to her funeral. Throughout Lavish’s life, she poured love on everyone, exemplifying the virtues of love and generosity. Life’s Greatest Lesson Grandma Lavish lived by the credo and acronym LEGS: Love all you can.Earn all you can.Give all you can.Save all you can. This wonderful story demonstrates one woman’s earnest efforts at living a Christ-like life. Lavish shows us all how to bless many more people. For, it is by loving all you can, that you are able give so much more to those in nee…

Sickness, Death, God, Love and Questions

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Just when you thought it was safe to grow up —

Folks in their 20s may afoul of a quarter-life crisis: the doubt and disappointment of student loans, dull careers and iffy relationships.

Others learn that they're terminally ill.

I learned about Michelle Pittman at Mass last Sunday.

An inoperable brain tumor will kill her.

She and her family have unexpected expenses. That's why a Michelle Pittman Benefit fund was set up at a local bank:

Michelle Pittman Benefit
c/o MN National Bank
PO Box 306
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Michelle Pittman's situation and the benefit fund are the important part of this post.

I'd planned on writing about assorted crises, including terminal illness.1 That started me thinking about life, death and not having all the answers....

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World Day of Peace, 2019

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For two dozen centuries, at least, a few folks have said that peace is a good idea. Many others have agreed.

Making peace a practical reality has remained an elusive goal. But I think we're closer to it than when Chu won the Battle of Bi, or Sparta lost the Battle of Leuctra.1

I'm quite certain that finding an alternative to war is a good idea. No matter how long it takes us to get there.

More at World Day of Peace, 2019; brendans-island.com/catholic-citizen/world-day-peace/.

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Do You Carry Christ's Love Within You?

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Do you carry Christ’s love within you? Without thinking, many of us would most likely say, yes! I would like for you to think about this question more deeply before answering. Let me ask you a few questions to help you assess the correct answer: Do you love your neighbor unconditionally?When you think of the massive number of people walking up from Honduras and Guatemala, seeking refuge in safer lands, do you feel a sense of compassion for them? Do you understand their plight? Can you recognize them as your brothers and sisters in Christ?When someone sins against you, can you forgive that person? Is it in your heart to grant that person mercy?How well do you “know” your physical neighbors within your neighborhood or apartment complex? Do you generously give a helping hand, or a listening ear?So, now I ask you again…Read more...

Trying To Love

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I do not want to die only to discover I was playing society’s ever-changing games and was so caught up in myself that I forgot why I am on earth. I have been called to love, to even lay down my life for others. I usually fail because it is impossible to love effectively without God's help. We often misunderstand other people's language of love. Some people appreciate service, others need touch or need to hear a declaration of love.  Sometimes we just have to step back and ask God to love, so we are simply a conduit of   His love.
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My Last Day with My Dad - A Story of a Father's Love

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Today is a very difficult day for me. It was June 20, 1999, Father’s Day, that I had my last conversation with my dad. In 1999, my husband and I lived in Utah, and my dad lived in New Jersey. On June 11th of that year, he was taken to the hospital; diagnosed with emphysema, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  Things didn’t look good. So, my husband and I flew home on June 12th. When we got to the hospital, and walked into the room, my dad was so happy to see me. He kept telling me repeatedly throughout that evening that he loved me. I consciously appreciated hearing the words, but I thought it odd as well, as my Father was never the gushy type. The words “I love you” were sparse throughout my life. Yet, by his actions, I always knew that he loved me. To hear him repeatedly state his love for me that evening turned out to be one of the greatest gifts given to me. My Last Day with My Dad The next day, my father couldn’t breathe on his own, so he was intubated. From that day on he …