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Monday, 30 July 2018 08:43

Motivational Monday 7-30-18

Always a way through

There is always a way through. Calm down, take a breath, back away from the drama and find that way.

Life’s realities are not always pleasant or comforting or convenient. Accept reality, and at the same time, refuse to be stopped by it.

Steady your nerves as the situation crashes down around you. Then pick up the pieces and do something useful, helpful, good, and valuable with them.

Keep your cool when tensions are hot. Engage your steady hand to navigate through rough and roiling passages.

There is always a way through. And on the other side, great value, opportunity, a new, stronger perspective.

With grace and confidence, see beyond the disruptions of the moment to a positive vision of what can be. With calm determination, lead the way there.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/28/18

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We’ve all heard the statistics that 64,000 people lost their lives to drug addiction in 2016. It is extremely startling considering that this is more than guns, HIV infection and automobile accidents. These same statistics have been used to shape a narrative in America that over prescribing opioids is the primary cause of the opioid epidemic. But what if these statistics are wrong and the laws restricting opioid prescribing practices are making matters worse rather than helping to solve the problem. 
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Greg’s guest today is a scientist who picks data apart that concluded the evidence does not support the conclusions and policies driven to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. Josh Bloom joins him to discuss the concerns of the data being skewed. Dr. Bloom is the Director of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American Council on Science & Health. Bloom believes the 64,000 statistic is flawed and there are other factors at play in the opioid crisis.
Monday, 23 July 2018 08:34

Motivational Monday 7-23-18

Full extent of opportunity

No matter what you have, you have it good. Take care not to let your own complacency steal it away.

Sure, you deal with serious problems, challenges, disappointments. Yet your life is also filled with a whole lot of value.

Don’t let irreplaceable value wither away as a result of taking it for granted. Appreciate it, utilize it, and build on it.

What aspects of life would you work day and night to regain if you were to lose them? What can you do today to more fully enjoy and make use of those good things?

What are you neglecting to do today, that you would pay dearly for the opportunity to do if you didn’t have that opportunity? Remind yourself to do what you can, while you can.

Every life has its share of misfortune, but there’s no reason to add to that misfortune with complacency. See the full extent of opportunity that is now yours, and live it well.

— Ralph Marston


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 09:19

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/21/18

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Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of class, upbringing and environment. It is a battle that can ravage communities, as well as families. Last November, an article written by Retired Admiral James Winnefeld spoke on the effects of the opioid epidemic and how it has personally impacted his life. His article entitled “No Family Is Safe from This Epidemic” tells the story of Admiral Winnefeld’s son Jonathon and his battle with opioid abuse. This week Greg sat down with The Admiral to discuss the article and also, Jonathon’s story. He states that “As an admiral I helped run the most powerful military on Earth, but I couldn’t save my son from the scourge of opioid addiction.” 
 
After the loss of Jonathon, The Winnefeld Family founded S.A.F.E. (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) to not only honor his memory but to be a support system for families that have loved ones struggling with this disease. Listen to hear the Winnefeld’s story and also how S.A.F.E. is reaching out to communities to make a difference and help fight this crisis that our nation has been fighting for so long.

July, 2018

Dear Friends,

Have you ever had a plan in mind and at the end of the plan realize that the result wasn’t exactly what you

 thought it might be? That sounds just like life.  Think about where you are today. 

Did you plan to be in this place, doing whatever it is you are doing? I wonder if the saints planned to be saints? 

Did the apostles know that they would help spread the new church?  

At the end of her life did Bernadette wonder how it all happened?  All she wanted was fire wood.  

Who gave these people the strength to do extraordinary things?  Why did they cooperate with 

God’s plan and not just continue their own?  

The thing is when we cooperate with God’s plan astonishing and wonderful events occur. 

 Looking back, we know that it was God and we just permitted him to use us. 

 On the other hand, when we don’t allow God’s plan to proceed and we follow our own the results

are usually mistakes, if not catastrophic, causing all kinds of negative events.  The choice is always ours.  

Do we choose God’s will or our own? How do we recognize God’s plan?  Think about that for a minute.    

We invite you to continue listening to the Lord, as Mary requests, by attending three days of prayer to St. Ann and 

St. Joachim, Jesus’ grandparents, July 24, 25 and 26. There will be 7:00 PM rosary followed by Mass. Fr. Peter Kovacina

 will be conducting the Triduum.  In August we also remind you of the novena for the Assumption from August 7th through August 15th.

 Are you serious about doing the Lord’s will?  Then take advantage of our prayer opportunities. Join us!  

Please join us for our steak roast to be held on July 21st.   Reservations are due by July 15th.   

Tickets are $20 pick up a flyer with more information. We really need your help.  Thank you!

 

In the Trinity,

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

 

Prayer for Vocations

Holy Mary, you were so generous and immediate in giving your yes to God, inspire young women and 

men to follow your example by voicing their yes to God as you did.  As a Mother, we respectfully request that

 you petition your Son for us, to awaken in the hearts of young people the courage and insight to follow His way 

of life as a Religious. If we may be so bold, dearest mother, may we petition that these young people are guided to

 help carry on the work of all Religious Orders, but most especially the Order of the Most Holy Trinity?

 We ask that as we ask all things through your Son Jesus. Amen

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O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament Divine all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!

Monday, 09 July 2018 09:51

Motivational Monday 7-9-18

Infinite options

This moment has infinite options. Commit to one and follow through on it.

Seek to make the best choice, but don’t put all of your energy into merely making the choice. Decide, and then act on your decision.

You may not always make the perfect choice, or think of everything that could go wrong or go right. But go ahead, make the choice and then move forward with it.

You’re likely to have doubts, second thoughts, third thoughts. As those thoughts come, keep taking action anyway.

A one-hundred-percent perfect plan is of no use if the plan is not executed. So put thought into crafting a reasonably good plan and then direct your energy into making it happen.

Embrace life’s many options, but don’t let the endless choices overwhelm you. Pick a specific path, act on it, and transform your choice into real value.

— Ralph Marston


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Monday, 02 July 2018 13:36

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/14/18

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The opioid crisis has been devastating the United States for over twenty years now. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the crisis has been so severe is because the data has been significantly flawed. Greg joins Linda Poon, Assistant Editor at City Lab, to discuss her article “The Race to Learn What’s Really Happening in the Opioid Crisis.” Poon speaks to the city of Cary, NC and how it is using an experimental robot called the Biobot to mine data. One of the ways Cary is tracking and gathering data is by placing the Biobot in manholes around the city to collect samples of wastewater. These sewage samples are being tested for the concentration of opioid metabolites, which is what gets flushed out of the system after the person consumes opioids. 

 
Also commenting on the podcast is Mike Bajorek, the Deputy Town Manager for Cary, NC. Bajorek commented on the fact that Biobot is able to deliver data in real time and also pinpoint the demographics from the locations the samples are coming from to build a new set of data. This gives city officials the ability to pinpoint regions within Cary to see what opioids are being used, where they are being used and how much people are using. With this unique dataset, cities can target how and where to delegate resources that will help fight the epidemic.
Monday, 02 July 2018 13:33

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/07/18

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This week’s podcast features Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute. Edwins is an organization that exists to provide skilled training and a number of resources to ex-offenders. 6 million people in the US are imprisoned or under community control and face dozens of obstacles after their release. Employment is one of the largest obstacles they face when attempting to re enter society. It is a vital aspect of their journey because it can help ensure that these offenders don’t become repeat offenders upon their release. Unfortunately, about 60% of ex-offenders are still unemployed up to a year after imprisonment.
 
Edwins seeks to give these people a second chance. Their belief is that every human being deserves a fair and equal future, regardless of their past. Hear how this foundation is equipping individuals with skills and resources that will open up countless opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Monday, 02 July 2018 09:18

Motivational Monday 7-2-18

Get to the point

The point of this day is to make new progress and enrich all of life. Get to the point and get it done.

You’re here in this time and place to make a positive difference. Get to work doing what you’re here to do.

Let your strong sense of purpose pierce through the complexity, distractions, difficulties and temptations. With unwavering focus, do what you know is best, what is meaningful, what is good.

If you discover you’ve wandered a little off course, don’t waste time letting it bring you down. Just reorient yourself in a purposeful direction, and step forward with an even stronger commitment.

You have great things to get done today. Get to the point, stick with it, and enjoy the sweet fulfillment of your focus and persistence.

This very moment overflows with potential value. Get to the point, and make that value yours.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:08

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 06/30/18

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This week Greg sat down with Dr. Pat Ensminger to discuss an alternative therapy for pain treatment. It is fairly common to treat non-cancerous pain with prescription opioids. Unfortunately, one in four patients struggle with addiction to these medicines, as millions of prescriptions are written each year for pain. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, yet extremely effective alternative form of treatment.
 
Dr. Ensminger discusses how chiropractors are introducing a new standard of care to break the dependency on opioids for pain management, even in the emergency room. North America consumes roughly 90% of the world’s opioid medicines, which is sometimes due to an individual seeking a “quick fix.” Often times a chiropractic plan can alleviate pain with treatment, and in some cases, even fix the problem better than prescription drugs. Hear how this strategic treatment can stop the dependency on pain pills and prevent putting people in danger of opioid addiction.
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