Feb 12th, 2014 by deaconmike
One: Don’t miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you’re stressed, float a while.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
Thanks to my friend Deacon George for forwarding this small piece of wisdom from the road.
One of the things you often see on the internet are picture sites that highlight what are called “Photo Bombs.”
What is a Photo Bomb:- “An otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.”
Apparently even animals want to get in on the act!
This reminds me of one of my best friends! Don’t worry Rob I will not mention any names. I certainly will not highlight that you are Scottish and I will avoid the stereotype references to the Scots being tight although that might have something to do with the ending of this touching story. But the truth can sometimes hurt.
Take a moment and read one of Rob’s reflections- Do you see this Woman.
You may or may not have noticed I have not posted this week. The family has loaded up our new van and we are on the real road for the next few weeks.
Why are we travelling at this time of year?
The answer can be found in the fact that in one day we went from about -22C to +20C. Now I have no idea what that means in F I can tell you it was really cold and now we are nice an warm.
I will provide updates as the internet connection allows and will re-post some of the past 1,000 posts.
Jan 28th, 2014 by deaconmike
This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
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The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “All of us want to live to the fullest. However, most of us never find the one thing that will inspire us to dedicate our whole lives to it. It is amazing to hear of how the first people who responded to Christ dedicated their whole lives to him. Their encounter with Christ sent them on a path they never dreamed of. Paradoxically, this path was marked by great joy and suffering; but, nevertheless, they lived life to the fullest. …”
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Celebrating today’s feast is a little like finding a leftover Christmas present we forgot to open. This year, it’s celebrated on a Sunday, so the usual “Ordinary Time” readings give way to the beautiful story of Mary and Joseph presenting the infant Jesus in the temple... .“
Ordinary Time is the liturgical period outside of the other liturgical seasons, and runs 33 or 34 weeks. In Latin, Ordinary Time is called Tempus Per Annum (“time throughout the year”). The season falls between Christmas and Lent, and between Easter and Advent, exclusive.
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Mother Teresa when she tells us:
“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
This video tells the story of a man who is not ashamed or slow to do the humble work. It reminds us that we are not called to change the world but we are challenged to bring some happiness to the places we visit.
Jan 24th, 2014 by deaconmike
While reading a number of self-help or how to be a better person type of books, I noticed that all most all these modern-day authors, like Stephen Covey in his powerful book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, kept referring to one other book as a must read. This book is Victor Frankl’s: Man Search for Meaning.
As a young Jewish man in the early 1940′s Frankl made the decision to stay with his parents in Vienna even though he had the chance to escape the coming Nazi horror which was to become the Holocaust. The book was published in 1946 and details his experiences in a concentration camp.
In an article in The Atlantic in January 2013, Emily Esfahani Smith references Dr. Frankl and his book and reflects on a statement by Frankl that it is the very pursuit of happiness that may actually get in the way of being truly happy. It is the search for meaning in one’s life that is the most important step of the journey.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, “Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation.” Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, “Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life?”
“To the European,” Frankl wrote, “it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to ‘be happy.’”
The wisdom that Frankl derived from his experiences there, in the middle of unimaginable human suffering, is just as relevant now as it was then: “Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself — be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is.”
A friend sent me the link to the Pope’s 2013 Christmas card. It is made up of a number of images and small nuggets of wisdom from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Click on the link below to experience the electronic card for yourself and over the months ahead we will feature some of the pages as small portals of wisdom for our journey. Enjoy!