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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:04

Just Like Dad

Just Like Dad

The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19

Isn’t it endearing to see a child mimicking his parents? How often we’ve seen the young boy in a car seat, gripping his imaginary steering wheel intently while keeping a close eye on the driver to see what Daddy does next.

I remember doing the same thing when I was young. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than doing exactly what my dad did—and I’m sure he got an even bigger kick watching me copy his actions.

I would like to think God felt the same way when He saw His dearest Son doing exactly what the Father did—reaching out to the lost, helping the needy, and healing the sick. Jesus said, "the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19).

We too are called to do the same—to “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love” (Eph. 5:1–2). As we continue growing to be more like Jesus, may we seek to love like the Father loves, forgive like He forgives, care like He cares, and live in ways that please Him. It is a delight to copy His actions, in the power of the Spirit, knowing that our reward is the affectionate, tender smile of a loving Father.

Jesus, thank You for showing us the way to the Father. Help us to be more and more like You and the Father each day.

~"Our Daily Bread" - writer Leslie Koh

Monday, 17 July 2017 09:04

Motivational Monday 7-17-17

Current possibilities

Pretty much anything you can imagine is eventually possible. Yet what you can act upon immediately is whatever is now possible.

Act to transform current possibilities into reality, and you create whole new sets of possibilities. Continue to act on those new possibilities you create, and you can make your way to any result.

By all means, look with determination toward the ultimate goal you seek. Then look around, where you are, and embrace the current possibilities that can move you toward that goal.

When there is just one possibility within reach, then no possibility can continue to stay out of reach. And wherever you are, whatever way you’ve traveled, there is always one possibility within reach.

You don’t have to figure out how to get all the way there. You just have to take one step, available to you right now, that will move you in the direction of your goal.

Take that step, and then the next and the next. By embracing and actualizing your current possibilities, you can achieve whatever you choose.

— Ralph Marston

Monday, 17 July 2017 08:24

The Movements in Nature

On the top floor of the building at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine there is a room with windows on three sides. The view is, needless to say, spectacular. One of the windows faces a bank of very tall trees. It is very reflective to just sit and watch the trees which seem to move at the mercy of the wind. In reality, the trees move, not at the mercy of the wind, but with the wind.

This movement changes with the seasons. Each season brings its own particular force; a pelting rain, a gentle drizzle, a blizzard, the first hint of snow, hail and all that these forces of nature have to offer. If one looks at the uppermost branches of the tree those branches are affected most by the changing of seasons. Those top branches are the spindliest, and look as if in the force of the wind that they might break off, but they don’t. Their movement suggests that the branches are dancing. They might be waltzing with each other, dancing a lively polka or slow dancing in the heat of the afternoon. All in all, it is a beautiful meditation.

These movements of nature serve as a metaphor for life. We too are at the top of the tree. We live our lives in the company of others. Our living is like dancing with other people. We too are fragile, but if we bend when life throws its worst at us we will not break. Sometimes we are graceful, sometimes so quick that we seem frenetic in our movements. If we consider God as the director of the movements and we move with and not against the elements, like the spindly branches, we will not break either. If we allow God to help us in our dance then we will grow just as the branches grow for the next season. Perhaps we will not understand the steps of the dance, but if we let God lead, we too will be a picture of beauty.

Bible Vs.: Psalm 149: 1, 3-4
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with timbrel and harp and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.

Prayer: O, Lord let me allow you to direct my life. Let me praise you for my success and let me find comfort in you for my failures. For when I stiffen at your urgings in my life it is then that I become unhappy and break. You always pick me up and put me back together. Lord, help me to have the courage and faith to follow your lead.

Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to follow the Lord’s lead in your life. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, visit the gift shop open daily. Come to daily Mass Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:00 AM, Tuesday at 5:00 PM, Saturday at 8:00 AM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:30 AM, with the 9:30 AM Mass outdoor. On Sundays, May through October have breakfast at St. Ann Dining Room from after the 9:30 AM Mass until 11:30 AM and lunch from noon until 2:30 PM. Let the Lord lead you here.

Monday, 10 July 2017 08:32

Motivational Monday 7-10-17

Rid Yourself of Painful Echoes 
 
Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was acceptable. Forgiveness means you are ready to move past it.
Keeping score just prolongs the pain. Seeking to get even, creates more pain.
Forgiveness is not about what’s right or wrong, what’s justified or what’s not. Forgiveness is about being free to focus on creating a positive, fulfilling future.
No person in your world is perfect, many are far from it, and will always be. You can choose to fight that reality, or you can learn how to live with it.
Forgiveness enables you to live well, no matter what others may do or fail to do. Forgiveness fills you with the power of peace, of clarity, of purpose.
Rid yourself of painful echoes from the past. Forgive, and turn yourself toward the beauty and possibility of now.
— Ralph Marston

With the summer weather, almost everyone is planning outdoor activities. At Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine every Sunday, May through October we have a 9:30 AM Mass that is supposed to be outside as well as 4:00 PM rosary devotions that should be held outside.
Of course, the weather doesn’t always lend itself to holding the event outdoors. Sometimes it is too hot, too windy, too cold, too wet. It is rarely “just right.” Most of the time there is a plan B for the event. At the Shrine, it would be to hold the event in chapel. If you have a backyard event perhaps you make a dash for the garage as the rain comes.
Before the event do you ever find yourself obsessing over doppler radar? Do you have weather alerts set for your phone so that you can be prepared? Do you spend the day constantly watching the rain patterns, checking rain percentages and the night before not sleeping because there is a 50% chance of rain? Have you ever changed your event venue because doppler said a 90% chance of rain? What happens when the predicted weather doesn’t come at 10:30 AM, as predicted? Do you panic?
Whatever happened to making plans and just hoping for the best? How about taking what comes when it comes. Even if we keep looking at that radar and checking the “window of opportunity” can we change it?
Is doppler ever wrong? What do we do then? Perhaps a less stressful way to live is to put everything in God’s hands. Can we change the weather? How many other things do we worry about that we really can’t change? After you have been called back for a second interview is worry going to help you get the job? After the CAT scan is worry going to prevent the discovery of a tumor? There are so many things that we can’t do anything about, but there is someone who can do something about it. There is someone that we can share our anxiety with to help us get through the uncertainty. That person is God. How do we speak to Him? We speak to Him through prayer. The next time you find yourself obsessing about something that you couldn’t possibly change put all those worries in God’s hands. Allow God to affect your life. God’s solution is something that will totally astound us. The thing is He is just waiting for us to ask.

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:34

Motivational Monday 6-26-17

Action now

You have life, and you have this day. Realize the massive extent of your opportunity, and jump into positive action now.

You have awareness, creativity, skill, knowledge, passion and purpose. Put it all into action, and transform the fleeting moments into lasting treasure.

You’re much better than any flimsy excuses that might threaten to hold you back. You’re highly determined, able to slough off distractions and get great work done.

Take action, and in just a few minutes you’ll have momentum on your side. Keep it up, and by the end of the day you’ll have new achievements to show for your effort.

Sure, the challenges are real and difficult. Even so, you have much more going for you than against you.

Offer yourself and the whole world a great big smile for all the positive possibilities. And make those possibilities real by giving them your energy and action, now.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 19 June 2017 08:41

Motivational Monday 6-19-17

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make a beautiful moment

Allow, appreciate, accept all that is, as it is, and make a beautiful moment. Let beauty touch you, let joy flow generously from you, and be in this beautiful moment.

Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don’t let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.

Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.

What has come before is now a memory, and what will come next is not yet real. This is the time to live, to act, to be thankful, to enjoy, in this beautiful moment.

Let the wonder that’s found in every corner of life amaze you. Let the love, the possibilities, the unique substance in your own life inspire you.

Right here and now, with all that’s going on, make a beautiful moment in your life. Then move forward with the peace, the purpose, the joy and strength to make a whole lot more.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:08

Letter from Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117

216-481-8232

                                                                                               

Dear Friend,                                                                                    June 7, 2017

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  We at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine would once again like to invite you, to The Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Steak Roast.  We hope that you had the chance to attend last year and can return this year.  Of course please bring a friend or friends. 

The Steak Roast will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM (serving times).  All tickets will be sold by reservation only, due by July 9, 2017, RSVP only no refunds.  The menu will consist of a grilled 8oz. steak, corn on the cob, baked potato, salad, dessert, bread and butter and coffee or tea.  One ticket will be $20 for the dinner and a chance at three $100 drawings to be held 5:30 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:00 PM.  A ticket for just the dinner is $15. There will be an opportunity to purchase more tickets for the $100 raffle at $5 per ticket.  The price for the basket raffle this year will be one ticket for $1.00 and 6 tickets for $5.00.

It takes an astronomical amount of funds to just maintain the Shrine.  We have had many unforeseen problems such as a new chapel roof, a new arch by the Stations, replacement of the back porch and steps, repair of multiple water lines just to name a few so we appreciate the support that you give us by attending these fundraisers.  Thank you for your generous help.  

If you feel so inclined and it is within your means, then please sponsor a Sister by paying for their ticket.  Thank you if you can.    Enclosed you will find a reservation form.  Feel free to copy that form for your friends.  All of you remain in our prayers. 

God’s blessings, The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, OH. 44117

216-481-8232

Annual Steak Roast

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Serving from 4:30-6:45 PM

Grilled 8oz steak                   Corn on the cob           Baked Potato

Salad                                       Bread & Butter             Coffee/Tea

Dessert

By Reservation Only-due July 9, 2017

(Tickets will be picked up at the door)

Tickets for dinner and raffle (three drawings for $100.00 each) will be $20.00.  Tickets for dinner only will be $15.00.  You may purchase extra raffle tickets for $5 per ticket at the dinner. (No Refunds)

The price of the basket raffle tickets this year will be 1 ticket for

$1.00 and 6 for $5.00.  (Keep this portion as a reminder)

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117

216-481-8232

SUNDAY, JUNE 18th

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION

Gather in the Chapel at 3:45 PM

(3:45 PM Procession, 4:00 PM Rosary followed by Benediction)

  • Did you know that most miracles in Lourdes, France occur during the blessing of the sick with the Eucharist?
  • Did you know that the Blessed Mother instructed Bernadette to ask the priests to bring the faithful to the Grotto in Eucharistic procession to honor her son Jesus?
  • Join us at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in following the instructions of Our Lady.  Your petitions will be carried up to the Grotto.
  • Walk in Procession with the Eucharist to the Grotto
  • Pray the Rosary, Adore Christ at Benediction and Receive a Blessing with the Eucharist for the Sick
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