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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 08:53

Lake Perceptions

Lake Perceptions

Grey,

forlorn,

stretching out before the mind's eye,

a vastness that speaks of depth,

of mystery.

 

Storm,

turbulent,

crashing against the strongest walls,

digging up the dregs within,

creating unrest.

 

 

Blue,

penetrating,

inviting participation from within,

a movement reaching outward,

to be at one.

 

Calm,

serenity,

belying inner power and strength,

waiting for winds to act upon

new creation.

 

 

Just as the lake changes day in and day out, so too, we experience changes within us.

During this Easter season we are called to look at ourselves honestly to perceive how we

are in relationship with the Risen Christ. To the degree we realize that Christ is with us,

the changing waters of our lives will always have an inner calm to deal with any storm

that comes our way.

~Sister Maureen McCarthy

From Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland 

Monday, 09 April 2018 11:20

Alleluia, the Lord is risen!

Convent: 216-481-8232             Gift Shop: 216-481-0900

April, 2018

Dear Friends,

Alleluia, the Lord is risen! This beautiful salutation for Easter rings out loud and clear. 

The Resurrection calls us to celebrate new life and here at the Shrine Spring is such a beautiful season 

and fits right in for the celebration of the new life brought to us at Easter!

We hope that the new life of Christ lives in your heart and in your life.

We are looking forward to the new life of plant growth and are beginning to get the grounds in shape for 

the opening of the Shrine outdoor season in May 6.

One of the ways that we do this is by asking for help to pay for the flowers that we use in chapel to help celebrate the

Resurrection which then are planted outside to help the shrine look so beautiful, so if you contributed, 

a little part of you will be planted on the shrine property. 

As in the past, we certainly thank you if you have already given and if you haven’t hope you are generous 

in the future to help us get all the grounds ready for the “Spring and Summer” season here at the Shrine.

There is another planting season for which we always prepare.  You can’t see this planting.  

You can only feel it.  This planting is done in your heart by prayer.

 Are the seeds of Christ planted in our hearts?  All of us carry Christ within us.

Do we allow the life of Christ to shine through?  

When I was teaching in a parish the parent of one of my students commented that she was so happy that her child

 had a Sister to teach her.  This person had five daughters.  I asked her if she would give one of her daughters 

to God.  Her reply was, “No.”  Well then who would take my place? I was someone’s daughter too. 

Do you think this person was allowing the seed of Christ to shine through?  This is just one example of the unseen planting.  

There are many others.

Do come to the Shrine to see the tangible planting and pray for the one that you can’t see.  

 

Please attend our Pasta Dinner on Thursday, April 19. The outdoor shrine season begins Sunday, May 6th

 

In the Trinity,

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity.

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine 

21281 Chardon Road 

Euclid, Ohio 44117

Monday, 09 April 2018 08:49

Motivational Monday 4-9-18

Opportunity of today

You have precisely one opportunity to live this day well. That opportunity is now, so act on it now.

If you want this day to bring value, then give it value. Now is when you start.

Right now you can establish positive momentum. And you can continue to feed that momentum with action.

Think of the most productive, successful day you’ve ever lived. As you recall and feel the reality of that day, commit to make today even more productive, even more successful.

Within you right now is the ability to make this the best day yet. Within you right now is the willingness to push your life to a higher level than ever before.

Act now with that ability, with that willingness, with your knowledge, skills, and resources. Now, embrace and enjoy the unique opportunity of today.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#MQmDIjlRb0hLrwPl.99 

 
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:41

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/07/18

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In this very honest conversation, Greg talks to Darryl Strawberry who opens up about his life struggles which began in early childhood and reached into his highly successful baseball career. He was suspended three times for drug abuse during his 17 years in the league, but since then, he has walked the challenging road to recovery and turned his life around. He shares with Greg his journey involving an alcoholic father who abused him physically and emotionally before leaving when Darryl was 13, and the consequential pain he carried inside. Through his experiences, he is able to offer tremendous insight and clarity about the recovery process. 
 
Greg learns about the key role supportive people play in the lives of those trying to overcome addiction. “It takes people to help people,” Darryl explains. He also details why recovery can’t happen overnight, and how the compassion of others is pivotal. Part of his recovery process involved bringing faith into his life and achieving growth through the church’s teachings that relate to commitment and discipline. 
 
Darryl supports the recovery process through resources available at FindingYourWay.com and StrawberryMinistries.org. He also published the book Don’t Give Up on Me, Shedding Light on Addiction.
Monday, 02 April 2018 09:25

Motivational Monday 4-2-18

Driven by love

Your life has great power, beyond what you can even imagine. Keep that power always pointed in the direction of love.

You act, you speak, you remember, you feel. You imagine what can be, and then call upon your power of intention and your presence to bring what you imagine into reality.

Do all these things, and everything, tempered, informed, driven, by love. Let love be your motive, let love be your reason, let love be your guide.

You cannot define what love is, nor put any limit on its meaning. Yet you know without question when you feel love, and when you don’t.

Go always in the direction where you feel led by love. Transform everything you are into the highest and best you can be, with love.

Refuse to be swayed by anything less. Let your actions, your words, your energy and thoughts, your life, be driven by love.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#GJZbt477yvSzlAPr.99 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:08

Cover 2 Podcast: 03/31/18

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In this new episode, Greg talks to Barbara Marsh, the assistant to the health commissioner in Dayton and Jody Long, the director of behavioral health treatment and support services for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. They discuss how their two respective departments came together to form COAT in 2016, which has proven to be a very effective and comprehensive program that’s preventing deaths at the hands of the opioid epidemic.
 
Join Greg as he learns how this program was established and what it means to the community it serves. They explore the collective impact model and the national incident management system (NIMS) which guides responses to incidents and emergencies. They describe their work with 60 community partners/stakeholders who all came to the table because every sector has a vested interest since they all have been affected by the overdose problem.
Monday, 26 March 2018 08:57

Motivational Monday 3-26-18

Lay the foundation

A secure, stable house is not simply placed upon uneven, unprepared ground. Before the house is built, a strong, solid foundation must be prepared.

A winning sports team does not win merely by showing up and playing each game well. The players must drill and practice in all the fundamental skills, for hours each day, over months and years.

Whatever you desire to have, to be, to experience, you must build the structure in your life to support and develop it. You must lay the foundation, and continue to keep that foundation strong.

True commitment to a goal means commitment to create and maintain the structure that will support it. You accomplish that with your habits, your attitude, your thoughts, your choices large and small.

What day-to-day activities are building the foundation for the life you envision? What can you do right now, and again and again, to create a solid, supporting structure for your dreams?

Each moment gives you the opportunity to infuse the character of achievement into every part of your life. Lay a strong, robust foundation, and let the great achievements flow.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#Au4cr1ICXjAm1tbD.99 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:20

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/24/18

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In today’s podcast, Greg talks with Kimberly Fraser, Executive Director, Lake County (Ohio) Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, and Jessie Baginski, Ph.D., President/CEO, Leadership Lake County. Both guests have been touched by the opioid crisis, with family members falling prey to its draconian outcomes. They are overseeing Operation Resolve, a unique program designed to help fight the opioid crisis by reaching out to employers and offering them resources with which they can engage their workforce. The educational information they provide relates to drug abuse, addiction and where to find help. 

Monday, 19 March 2018 08:51

Motivational Monday 3-19-18

Able to persist

The first attempt doesn’t work. Even so, you can keep going.

The next attempt makes the situation worse. Still, you are able to persist.

Your next action does not have to be limited by your past results. Choose your next action based on where you wish to go, not on where you’ve been.

There’s no rule that says you have to be discouraged by what has happened. There’s every reason to be passionate and enthusiastic about what you can now do.

If the past hasn’t met your expectations, leave it in the past. Learn from what went wrong, and apply that knowledge to the opportunities of now.

Persistence is nothing more than stepping free of the past and doing what you know is best. You are always able to persist, and your persistence will take you wherever you wish to go.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#mXeShq3VAz6vqb0S.99 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:42

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/17/18

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Greg learns about a new Drug Enforcement Agency program, DEA360, in an illuminating conversation with Sean Fearns, the chief of community outreach. He describes how the programming takes a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of drug trafficking, drug violence and drug abuse. DEA360 was first introduced in 2015 with a pilot program in Pittsburgh. 

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