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.
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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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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Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, Ohio 44117
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
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
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
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)
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE
21281 CHARDON RD.
EUCLID, OHIO 44117
Thursday: April 20, May 18,
4:30 PM-6:45 PM
Pasta, Meatballs, Salad or Apple Sauce, Bread and Butter, Coffee or Tea
ALL ARE WELCOME
Don’t make it a chore. Make it a joy.
Instead of avoiding the effort, what if you could be thankful for the opportunity to do it? Instead of resenting the effort, imagine filling it with your own joy.
Each moment is what you choose to make of it. What influences it more than the time, the place, the circumstance, is your attitude.
Be good to yourself and be much more effective at what you’re doing. Find a way to put joy into it.
Let go of blame, worry, anxiety, distraction, and let yourself focus on joyful completion of the task. Feel great about being you, right here, right now, in this situation, able to do what you must do.
You have work to do, and you might as well get the very most out of the time you spend at it. Put joy into it and get maximum value out of it.
— Ralph Marston
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Living at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is like living among nature in the middle of a city. Look around and one sees chipmunks, deer, racoons, squirrels and all kinds of birds. Walking down one of the sidewalks an unusual thing happened. A bird walked with me down the sidewalk. Birds usually fly away when approached by humans.
As I was walking I noticed that this bird was on the walk with me. It kept up with my pace. When I stopped it stopped. When I looked down it looked up right at me. When I reached my destination, it looked at me swiveled its head and flew away.
What an unusual occurrence! I didn’t know that birds did that.
The experience reminded me of the children’s book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I hope that you remember it. A mother bird flies away to look for food leaving her hatchling in the nest certain that the hatchling will stay in the nest. The baby bird leaves the nest looking for its mother. Having never seen his mother the baby bird even walks by his mother not recognizing her. He asks a kitten, hen, dog and a cow if they are his mother, only to be disappointed that they are not. Finally, he climbs onto a power shovel totally frustrated, asking it if it his mother. There is a happy ending. The power shovel places the little bird in his nest and he and his mother are reunited.
I believe that this is our story of our search for God the Father. We are the hatchling. We are sometimes so independent that we go in search of the happiness that the Father promises, only to find that we left the nest too soon. We need to be brought along slowly learning the lessons of the Father. We don’t recognize the Father along the way because we have not bothered to see him, to look in his eyes, to be nourished by him. We search and experience all the wrong things only to be finally frustrated and await our “power shovel” to rescue us. Where do we find our nourishment our sense of security? We find it in the “nest” of the Father. Let’s see if we can stay grounded and grow in the love of the Father in the house of the Father on his timetable. Only then can we grow to be what we were meant to be.
Bible Vs. 14: 25-28 “These things I have spoken to you, while I was still with you. But the Counselor the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Prayer: O dearest Father, help us to love you more and more. Every time we deepen our love for you then we know your Spirit even deeper. Only then do we recognize you. Help us to be patient and learn every lesson that you wish to teach us. Remind us that we are your children and that it is so natural to run into your open arms. O, Father help us to be all that you want us to be. Amen
Spotlight: Please come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and see all the nature that is here. Take some time out to pray. Also help us to keep the Shrine such a desirable place. We will be having a Pasta Dinner Thursday, June 16th 4:30 PM-6:45 PM Tickets $8.50. Also, please come to our Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession at 3:45 PM on Sunday, June 18th. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 216-481-8232. COME PRAY WITH US!
The Daily Motivator message for
Deal with life
You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.
Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.
Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.
Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.
Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.
Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
There is a church on the Appian Way just outside of Rome, Italy called Domine, Quo Vadis? It is an unusual title for a church. It is a question in Latin which means Lord, where are you going? The story goes that St. Peter was fleeing the persecution in Rome and was headed out of town. Jesus appeared in front of Peter. The Lord was headed the other way back to Rome and right into the persecution. Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going? The Lord’s reply was, “To Rome to be crucified again.” The Lord then vanished and left the imprint of his feet on the road.
A church was erected on the spot with the imprint of the Lord’s feet as a reminder to all of us. Peter was chosen the leader of the new Christian Church. He was taking the Lord’s place. A leader does not abandon his flock. Peter got the message and returned to Rome. He was arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Peter asked to be crucified upside down because he said that he was not worthy to die like the master.
So, what is the meaning of the story? Jesus’ shoes are very big to fill. If we follow the master then chances are we too will be asked to sacrifice as he did. Now hopefully we will not be asked to give up our lives, but there will be something the Lord will ask us to do. If humanity can treat the Son of God in that way well, how do you think it will treat the Lord’s followers? A short time ago we celebrated the holy day of Easter. Think of the joy of seeing the Master resurrected. We experienced that joy too. Now it’s reality time. This is not meant to be a downer. Just a message that helps us realize that there is more to life than the pleasures that this world offers. Lasting joy can be found with the Lord. If someone were to ask us: “Where are you going?” what would be our response. What if that person was Jesus?
Bible Vs.: John 6:67-69 Jesus said to the Twelve. “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Prayer: Lord show us the way to go and give us the courage to follow through with your plans not ours. Help us to always remember that you give us eternal happiness. Keep our loved ones safe and always close to you. We ask this as we ask all things through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Spotlight: One of the places to find the quiet to listen to what God has to say is Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Come for that quiet and the word that the Lord will speak in your heart. Located at 21281 Chardon Rd. Euclid, Ohio 44117. Check out our website at www. srstrintiy.com or telephone at 216-481-8232 (shrine) or 216-481-0900 (gift shop).