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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

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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Monday, 06 March 2017 09:59

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, March 6, 2017

Choose your direction

by Ralph Marston

A ship that’s not underway is at risk of being blown onto the rocks by an onshore wind. Yet when the ship gets moving, the rudder, not the wind, determines where the ship will go.

Do you fear being blown in an undesirable direction by events in the world around you? Then get going, get your ship underway, and choose your own direction.

Just because the world can make you weary and discouraged, doesn’t mean it has to. You can propel your thoughts, your attitude, your actions in a positive direction.

Fill your days with your own efforts, your own passions, your highest values and priorities. The more compelling your objective, the less power anything else has to bring you down.

Invest your energy where it matters, in the good things you can achieve. Direct your focus into the factors you can influence and the places where you can make a difference.

Amid noise, uncertainty, confusion, choose to live with clarity, with purpose and effectiveness. And lead all of life forward by positive example.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170306.html
Monday, 27 February 2017 08:59

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 27, 2017

Rejection

by Ralph Marston

No one seeks or enjoys rejection. No one, that is, except those who achieve spectacular success.

Rejection stings as it pierces the ego. Yet once that happens, and vulnerability spills out, you’re suddenly empowered as never before to pursue authentic purpose.

If you can bear to hear enough people say no, you’ll work your way to the one who says yes. If you can stand to have your ideas rejected, you’ll learn how to make them brilliant.

The more you fear rejection, the less effective you’ll be. Don’t let your best efforts be held hostage by that fear.

Rejection hurts only as much as you let it. Rejection can teach, empower, motivate, energize, as much as you’re willing to allow.

Dream what you desire to dream, say what you want to say, do the good things you choose to do. And be thankful when rejection intercedes to make you even stronger.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170227.html
Monday, 20 February 2017 09:24

Who are the Lepers of Today?

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“The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers. And the Lord Himself led me among them and I showed mercy to them. And when I left them, what had seemed bitter to me was turned into sweetness of soul and body.” –St Francis of Assisi in his Testament

There is an often told story of St. Francis of Assisi and an encounter with a leper. I’ve seen many different versions. The stories might be different but the life lesson is the same.

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Monday, 20 February 2017 09:23

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 20, 2017

Unshakable vision

by Ralph Marston

Your thoughts don’t have to be limited by your situation. Neither do your expectations, your attitude, your enthusiasm, your efforts.

As real and as burdensome as the difficulty may be, you can make it irrelevant in your mind. From that powerful inner perspective, you’ll find ways to transcend the difficulty in the outer world.

Claim the full power of thought, of vision, of imagination, that is available to you. Let that power push you into positive, effective action.

You are not your defeats, you are not your victories. You are the person who can make a new choice in every new moment.

You are not your challenges, you are not your skills. You are the person who can craft a rich and meaningful life out of it all.

Carry always a positive, unshakable vision within you. Feel the beauty of that vision as it leads you to make good things happen no matter what.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170220.html
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:15

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, February 6, 2017

Work without delay

by Ralph Marston

Procrastination achieves nothing positive. Go ahead and do what must be done, before it must be done.

Purposeful effort is a joy. Fill your moments with an abundance of that particular joy.

Delaying the work just makes the work more difficult. So choose to do the work without delay, to do it now.

No longer will you be burdened by what must be done. You can be satisfied with what you have accomplished.

Do the work now, and earn the freedom of knowing you’re out in front of it. Then you can use your time in highly meaningful and productive ways, not just striving to catch up.

The sooner you do the work, the more leverage you have. Time has great value, so get that value working for you instead of against you.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170206.html
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