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!
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.
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.
The Daily Motivator message for
Choose your direction
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.
The Daily Motivator message for
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.
Greg interviews Paul Web and Marcie Mason about Hidden In Plain Sight. Paul is a Copley Police Department Detective, while Marcie is a Youth Services Worker for both the Copley and Bath Police Departments. Hidden In Plain Sight is an awareness program geared towards parents and other concerned adults. The program strengthens recognition skills by displaying items in a typical teen room that are indicators of drug or alcohol use.
Listen to the podcast to discover the components of Hidden In Plain Sight. Find out where you can see an upcoming presentation here.
“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.
The Daily Motivator message for
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.
Greg interviews Jennifer Levitz, reporter with the Wall Street Journal, to discuss what she has learned investigating the opioid epidemic. Jennifer’s recent article, Vermont’s Radical Experiment to Break the Addiction Cycle, tells the story of Todd Popovitch, a former drug user who has been given a second chance under Vermont’s revolutionary new policies regarding drug possession.
Jennifer discusses the research which she undertook to write the article. Vermont has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. “Vermont is situated in a pipeline for drugs between New York City and Connecticut,” she says. “They were going right up from New York to Rutland, Vermont. That became known as the heart of it… in a lot of places, first, it was the opioid pills. Then there were crackdowns on getting those pills. Then the heroine started to flood in from the big cities. People could make a profit on it in Vermont. It was simple economics.”
In this episode of the Cover2 Resources podcast, Greg interviews Harriet Ryan, an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times who frequently writes about the opioid epidemic. On January 19, 2017, Harriet wrote an article about a recent lawsuit in the city of Everett—located just north of Seattle, Washington. The city was prompted to sue the drug producer Purdue Pharma after reviewing another article published by Ryan last year.
Harriet says that her investigation found the roots of the issue: dirty physicians and pharmacies. She goes on to say why Purdue Pharma waited to disclose findings of these dirty physicians and pharmacies, rather than reporting them immediately.
Listen to the podcast to hear how Everett plans to proceed with the case against this massive drug manufacturer.
The Daily Motivator message for
Work without delay
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.
Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” 1 Corrinthians 1:27-31
The seasons are changing and for the first time it was cold enough that I needed a coat. As I scanned the coats in the hall closet, I spotted a nice looking black coat that I had never seen before. I removed it from the hanger and noticed that it still had the sales tags. It was new! My wife had bought me a new coat, and I didn’t even know it.
As I slipped the coat on, I noticed that it fit perfectly. But, to my dismay, as I went to zip it up, I noticed that the zipper was backwards. It had been sewn in wrong. As I scanned the tag, my suspicions were correct. This wonderful coat was an irregular!
The Daily Motivator message for
Courage to choose
Countless possibilities swarm around you, every minute, every day. Live with the courage, the confidence, to choose.
The best possibilities are useless if you do not make the choice to follow them. The best opportunities have value only when you choose to act on them.
You cannot do everything, and wouldn’t want to. However, you can do what you choose.
To do that, you must make a choice, and commit to that choice, and act on that choice. Choose a possibility to explore, an opportunity to take, a path to follow.
No choice is going to be perfect, but don’t let that deter you. Because once you make the choice, you have what it takes to make the best of that choice.
The right choice is the one that enables you to give your best. Make the choice, and use it as a way to create great value for your world.© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
In this episode of the Cover2 Resources podcast, Greg interviews Eric Eyre, a Journalist at Charleston Gazette-Mail. Eric reports on healthcare issues, including the current opioid epidemic sweeping across the nation and, more specifically, in West Virginia. Eric’s team analyzed opioid shipments in WV between 2007 and 2012. Through this deep research, they learned that wholesalers shipped enough opioids to supply every man, woman and child with 433 pills during that time period.
Eric’s team also found that a disproportionate number of pain pills went to the poorest and most rural counties in West Virginia. In the podcast, he shares why the number was so disproportionate compared to less rural counties.
Listen to the podcast for Eric’s highly-researched perspective on the opioid epidemic.