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Kayla Marttala

Kayla Marttala

Greg interviews Rob Portman, a United States Senator from Cincinnati, Ohio. In September 1996, Senator Portman founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati—now known as PreventionFIRST! The coalition’s purpose is to keep young people free of substance abuse. He was first elected to Senate in 2010, after winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties. More than 20 years later, Senator Portman’s fight against substance abuse continues to gain momentum today.

Monday, 20 March 2017 14:55

Quit Your Complaining!

Quit Your Compalining

“If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi

Every March, Diane and I are blessed to spend the month in sunny Naples, Florida. We love the nearby Vanderbilt Beach and walk the beach every morning for an hour and a half.  We are so grateful to share this time together. Every year, I comment on how I missed my life’s calling as a beach bum!

Naples is an upscale city and most of the people here are retired successful folks from other parts of the country and seasonal vacationers.  I love everything about the area except for one thing. In the 20 plus years we have been coming here I can’t believe is how unfriendly everyone is.

 

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Monday, 20 March 2017 14:52

How are your Lenten practices going?

Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine March 17, 2017

How are your Lenten practices going? If you gave something up are you being faithful to that or have you “snuck “in a sip of pop or a piece of pie? No, one will ever know. If you promised to say some extra prayers or go to church on more than just Sundays did you get tired and “skip” a day? It’s just one time. I’m only human. If you promised to give a few extra bucks to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine did you do it or maybe use it for a beer on St. Patrick’s Day? Come on everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? Right on all counts. No one will ever know if you ate that pie or drank that pop. Well, you and God will. Yes, you are only human if you sleep in on the day that you were supposed to pray extra. God does know that. Yes, everyone is an adopted Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, God does know St. Patrick personally. We all have good intentions, but our human side kicks in and we are weak. But, you knew it was coming, a promise is a promise and we are only as good as our word. God is merciful and all-knowing so the next move is ours. How about an “I’m sorry God,” and I get right back to my Lenten resolutions? Oh, by the way those phrases: “No one will ever know.” “I’m only human, and “Everyone is an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day.” Those are the whisperings of a guy called Satan. That’s his script and he twists the truth to trip us up. How do we feel when we realize that we broke our promises? We feel like we failed. Well, that’s the devil’s way of working. With God, we feel forgiven, so let’s pick it up and keep on going.

Bible Vs.: Luke 4: 1-3, 12-13 “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” “And Jesus answered him, “It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”

Prayer: O, Lord you resisted every temptation that the devil put in front of you. If the devil would try to tempt God, then how much more will he try to tempt us your human children? Lord, help us to see these temptations for what they are and when we fail help us to remember that you, our loving Father, forgive all things. Help us to come running back to you. Lord give us strength. Lord give us light. Lord give us courage. Amen.

Spotlight: During the season of Lent come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to pray and if you need input to purchase Lenten materials at the Shrine Gift Shop. Not only can you be spiritually fed here, but we have two fish dinners coming up. They will be Friday, March 24th and Friday, April 7th. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd. 216-481-8232. Check out our website at www.srstrinity.com for more information. We have a big request. Our chapel roof sprung many leaks right before Christmas and needed to be repaired. As you might have guessed this has been very costly and we sure could use your financial help. We also lost our back kitchen steps due to age and the weather. If giving alms is one of your Lenten practices, please keep us in mind. Thank you! 

 

 

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Monday, 20 March 2017 09:06

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, March 20, 2017

What you do with what happens

by Ralph Marston

There is what happens. Then there is what you do with what happens.

Helpful, hurtful, caring, indifferent, frustrating, joyful, surprising, predictable things happen to everyone. Each person makes something different out of all those things.

You are not special because you are a victim or a beneficiary of circumstance. You are special because of the unique life, the substance, the richness you carve out of your circumstances.

Pay attention to the situation, to what goes on in the world around you. See each situation not as a locked enclosure, but as a starting point, a stage upon which you can express and fulfill your purpose.

Life is demanding, extremely difficult at times, but life never imposes itself on you. On the contrary, every twist and turn of circumstance provides opportunity for you to more fully become your best.

Welcome that opportunity, in whatever form it may arrive. Every moment carries your best possibilities, ready for you to fulfill.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170320.html

Greg interviews Jason Merrick, the Director of Addiction Services at Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky. He also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland. This episode is Part Two in a series of podcasts that will explore life after Dreamland for those who helped Sam with his book.

Have you ever been at the airport where you are about to say goodbye to someone that you love dearly and you know that you won’t be together for a long time if ever again? What do you say to each other? Do you measure your words so that you make the most of the moment because a moment is all that you have? Do you say something like: It’s too soon? You can’t go yet. I love you. Do you give the person a hug look into their eyes memorizing their face so that you capture the moment in your heart? When Jesus was on the cross what were his last messages to us, his last words? His mother and St. John as well some of the women were with him. Remember the airport scene and multiply it 1000 times. Jesus promised that he would return, but right there at that moment he was dying on the cross. His mother and St John both knew that Jesus was an innocent man that he died for all of us. While on the cross Jesus forgave the repentant thief. He gave his mother to all of us when he told her to behold her son John, and he gave his mother to John when he told John to behold his mother. Jesus was not concerned about himself on the cross. His last words, like our last words at the airport, are for the other people. They are words of love for everyone else. At the airport, do we risk a look back as we head into the terminal or the security check point? Let us look at Christ on the cross. Let us follow his example and no matter what we suffer to remember to still love all people.

Bible Vs.: Jn. 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son! Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Lk. 23: 32,34,40-43 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away with him. And Jesus referring to his captors said, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” The condemned man rebuked the other one and said to him, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence as condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Prayer: Lord help me to remember that when I suffer you suffered so much more than I do and you were innocent. Remind me when I complain that you were on that cross for me. Remind me of your last words to your mother, to your disciple and to the repentant thief. You were thinking of taking care of everyone else but yourself. Help me to be courageously selfless just as you were. Let me praise you and give you glory by imitating your actions. Amen

Spotlight: During the season of Lent come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to pray and if you need input to purchase Lenten materials at the Shrine Gift Shop. Not only can you be spiritually fed here, but we have two fish dinners coming up. They will be Friday, March 24th and Friday, April 7th. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd. 216-481-8232. Check out our website at www.srstrinity.com for more information. We have a big request. Our chapel roof sprung many leaks right before Christmas and needed to be repaired. As you might have guessed this has been very costly and we sure could use your financial help. If giving alms is one of your Lenten practices, please keep us in mind. Thank you!

Monday, 13 March 2017 11:12

What is your shroud?

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Have any of you ever heard of the Shroud of Turin? It is a burial cloth of a crucified man. The cloth is preserved under glass hanging behind the altar in a cathedral in Turin, Italy. How it got there is an adventure onto itself, but that is a matter for another day. The point is that millions of people believe that the shroud is a relic. That it is the burial cloth of Jesus. The evidence suggests that it really is the burial cloth of Jesus. The shroud shows evidence of a man savagely beaten and killed. It shows the reality of a crucifixion, not the sanitized version that we see in paintings or movies. That being said. What is a shroud? It is a cloth put on a person after they have died. How it is placed and what it is made of should show respect and comfort for the dead person. The question is what is our shroud? We all carry one, yes, even alive we put on our shroud. Do we wear our shroud with respect and is it of the utmost best materials available? Of course, we are speaking of not a material shroud, but of a spiritual one, one that we cannot see with our eyes. What is the spirit that we show people? Is it our true self or do we hide it under our shroud just showing what we want others to see? The shroud of Turin shows all the ugly facts of a first century crucifixion. As a matter of fact, it highlights the truth. It is God wanting us to know what Jesus went through on the cross. During this Lent, do we have the courage to let our shroud show who we really are? If we hesitate then perhaps we need to use the 40 days of Lent to fast, pray and give alms. That will spruce up our shroud. Don’t be afraid to show your true self. I bet it will be better than what you thought.

Bible Vs. Is. 52: 14: As many were astonished at him- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men-

Is. 52: 1: Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments.
Prayer: O, Lord in this the season of Lent, help me to follow your example of sacrifice and real love. Help me to put on my shroud as you did, and transform first myself and then the whole world. Help me to make my shroud a symbol of your glory and triumph. Amen

Spotlight: During the season of Lent come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to pray and if you need input to purchase Lenten materials at the Shrine Gift Shop. Not only can you be spiritually fed here, but we have two fish dinners coming up. They will be Friday, March 24th and Friday, April 7th. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd. 216-481-8232. Check out our website at www.srstrinity.com for more information. We have a big request. Our chapel roof sprung many leaks right before Christmas and needed to be repaired. As you might have guessed this has been very costly and we sure could use your financial help. If giving alms is one of your Lenten practices, please keep us in mind. Thank you!

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Greg interviews Dr. Joe Gay, a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional and the Executive Director of Health Recovery Services in Athens, Ohio. He also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland. This episode is Part Two in a series of podcasts that will explore life after Dreamland for those who helped Sam with his book.

Monday, 13 March 2017 05:00

Faith and Wellness

Get your mind, body, and spirit in sync at the WAVE's Faith and Wellness Event on Saturday, April 22nd at the Warrensville Heights YMCA! It's a FREE family friendly event connecting you with tools to improve your physical, spiritual, financial and community health. Our Faith and Wellness event is open to the public. Available health screenings will include:

  • Oxygen saturation
  • Vital sign checkups
  • Medicaid assistance
  • Face screening with a dermatologist
  • Chiropractic chair massages 

Bring the kids to meet their favorite characters, Princess Moana and Spiderman! GASP child protection service will be providing ID/Fingerprinting kit services to help keep your kids safe. News 5 anchor Danita Harris and The WAVE's own Mark Ribbins will talk about spirit and body fitness along with other local health and faith professionals. Bring your dancing shoes because the Line Dance King of Cleveland will be on site showing you moves to keep your pulse pumping!

The WAVE's Faith and Wellness Event, April 22nd from 11-3 is brought to you by:

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Greg interviews Lisa Roberts, a Health Department Nurse for the city of Portsmouth, Ohio. She’s been working as a Portsmouth nurse for the past 29 years. She also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland. This episode is Part One in a series of podcasts that will explore life after Dreamland for those who helped Sam with his book.

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