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Monday, 15 May 2017 16:41

Monday Motivation


We Bless the World Best When We Rest

Many have difficulty taking time to play, pause, and rest because they see it as being selfish. Whenever they do break, they are constantly haunted by feelings of guilt and the need to return to action as soon as possible. If this is your predicament, I want you to carefully consider a major shift in perception: Not taking time to rest is selfish because lack of rest insures that the world rarely sees you at your best.

    Your non-stop lifestyle does not serve your interests and the interests of others as well as you may think.  Living on limited rest gives the world a limited version of who you are. Being in the world constantly fatigued and chronically stressed offers the illusion of your actual presence, at best. Just because you are in attendance, it doesn’t mean that you are present. We may be in attendance here or there, but when we are weary and worn, we are not wholly present. A real danger is that we can get so used to living tired, we never get a sense of who we are at our freshest and fullest.  Some of us are so used to living on an "empty tank,” it’s hard to even imagine what living on a "full tank” feels like.

     Yet, living full, flourishing, is your natural calling as an energized and empowered spiritual being.  Our challenge is to reject fatigue and embrace vitality as our living norm. Moreover, living rested and well is precisely what will insure your best offering to the world no matter what your labor in life may be.

    Learn to live full. Love the world enough to rest.  A rested you means that the world will see you at your finest.  Not resting is the selfish act. Resting is not a sign of failure, negligence, or weakness; it is an act of unsung benevolence.

    We bless the world best when we rest.


Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Friday, 12 May 2017 09:14

Where are you going?

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. or telephone at 216-481-8232 (shrine) or 216-481-0900 (gift shop).  

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:44

2017 Outdoor Season Begins


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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:37

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, May 8, 2017

Live with vision

by Ralph Marston

Look clearly at what is and then, look past it. Look, with eyes of wonder and positive expectation, at what can be.

See the world in all its rock solid reality and then, look a little further. Discover what good effort and strong purpose can build from such a reality.

Fall completely in love with life in this moment. Then push that love into the future and make from it a great vision.

Dare to expect the highest and best from yourself. Dare to see the good that has not yet manifest, and dare to make it be.

When others talk of trouble and toil, listen, understand, empathize. Then step forward with a great and shining vision, and make life better for everyone who lives it.

Know that the best is always yet to come. Live with vision, and live to make it happen.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at

The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church

Women’s Day Committee

1161 East 105th Street

Cleveland OH 44108

Need a spiritual boost? Come out to the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church for the annual Women’s Day Pre Mother’s Day Prayer and Praise Luncheon, Saturday May 13, 2017.

Local vendors will have booths opening at 10:00 a.m. The luncheon begins at 11:00 A.M. in the E. T. and James Pitts Caviness Dining hall. The theme is "Christian Women Walking in the Path of the Lord.”

Elder Ramona Davis is our guest speaker. You don’t want to miss this dynamic speaker who is a preacher, teacher, psalmist, Student of the word and lover of God. Come and experience the power of prayer.


Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the church and at the door. The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church is located at 1161 East 105th. Free parking is available.

Monday, 01 May 2017 09:07

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, May 1, 2017

The path that is best

by Ralph Marston

Do not wish for life to be easy. Work for life to be good, thankful for every chance to make a difference.

Do not choose a path because it is easiest. Choose the path that is best, where you can create the most real value.

When things are too easy for too long you are lulled into complacency. That complacency will eat away at the meaning and substance of your life.

The things that make you feel most vibrantly alive are not the easy things. They are things that require focus, commitment, effort, sacrifice, persistence, things that matter.

What if you could be thankful that life is not easy? What if you could just do the difficult work, bear the heavy burdens, with gratitude, cheerfulness and enthusiasm?

In fact, you can. And when you do, you’ll make life even richer and more fulfilling than you can imagine.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Monday, 24 April 2017 08:58

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, April 24, 2017

Force for good

by Ralph Marston

Don’t waste a single moment of your life being outraged. Put that energy into being determined to be a force for good.

Outrage does nothing but amplify, spread, perpetuate the bad. Invest yourself in better, more useful, more creative and affirming pursuits.

Certainly outrageous things occur all the time. The best response is to overwhelm them with positive, purposeful living.

Time spent being outraged is time spent under the control of someone else’s negative actions. You owe it to yourself, to all of life, to choose a more beneficial response.

Whatever might get you outraged can also inspire you to make a positive difference. Pause, and consider all the good you can do.

You never have to let outrage eat away at your spirit. Decide instead to always show life how good it can be with kindness, caring and effective action.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:46

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, April 17, 2017

From this day on

by Ralph Marston

From this day on, you have the opportunity to live better. From this day on, you can make every choice a positive one.

By now you have learned what matters and what doesn’t. Over and over again, you’ve experienced what brings valuable results and what doesn’t.

Today, and every day after, you can put that experience to good use. Informed and inspired by the living of life, you can act to benefit yourself and your whole world.

From this day on, you can make good use of the possibilities in each moment. From this day on, you can be driven by your highest purpose.

Living at your best is never easy, and often is an extreme challenge. Yet today, and each day going forward, you realize it’s your only choice, because what you have to give is so important.

Feel yourself turning decisively away from distractions, excuses and indifference. Feel your commitment, from this day on, to make all of life the best it can be.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:23

Lord, If You Had Been Here

Lord If You Had Been Here

While on vacation in Florida, I had a chance to talk with one of the neighbors, also a vacationer. We talked briefly about baseball, the beach, and getting away from the winter snow, but then the conversation became serious.

She shared with me that she had lost her son to heroin only months before. He was in his early 20’s and you could immediately tell that he was the love of her life.

“I will never get over his loss,” she quietly confided. “This trip is the first time I have left my house since his death.” 

“I’m so sorry for your loss,” I replied. “I know that it is something that will always be with you.”

“Thank you!” she blurted out, “for not telling me that I will get over this. I will never get over this! Why does God let this happen?”

Haven’t we all heard that question before? Where was God in the massacres in the Middle East? Where was God in the shootings at the mall, in schools, and movie theaters? How could God let this happen?

During Lent, we heard the gospel story of the death of Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus. There is an answer to this tough question to be found in John’s Gospel. (11:1-44)

Both Martha and Mary confronted Jesus with that same question. When Martha went out to meet Jesus, you could tell by her voice that she was deeply saddened by her loss.

“If you had only been here,” she offered. “Lazarus would not have died.” It was almost as if she was blaming Jesus, even if just in the inflection of her voice.

Jesus then asked her a profound question, one that he is asking each of us, especially when we have suffered a loss:

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:23-26

Good question, right? Do we really feel that by believing in Jesus we will never die? Do we believe that death is not the end, that we shall have eternal life?

Truth is we all will die. Some at childbirth, some after a long life, but we all will die one day. We certainly can’t resent that loss and blame God for that fact.

Mary too, asked this question.

And, what did Jesus do? Jesus, not only divine but fully human as well, did what we all do, Jesus wept! Jesus loved his friend Lazarus, and He loved Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha, as if they were his own.

Jesus was moved to tears. Jesus mourned the loss of his friend. It is OK to morn. It is OK to cry. It is normal, natural, and expected to have a deep sense of loss.

But, if we honestly believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and that if we truly believe we shall never die, then we understand that our relationship and bonds with Jesus are not severed at death. Death is not the end of Jesus’ bond with Lazarus and death is not the end for us either.

The scene at the tomb has much to teach us as well.

Jesus asks Lazarus to come out of the tomb and when he did, Jesus instructed his disciples to untie him and let him go.

And, my friends, that is what we must do when we suffer a great loss. Remember it is OK to cry, to weep and to mourn. After all, Jesus did.

We understand that we are never going to get over the loss. We believe that our loved one is still united with Jesus. And, we must untie our loved one, releasing the blame and guilt and let them go to Our Lord.

For those of us that remain, there is a question in the reading for us as well.

What is the tomb of your life? What has us separated from eternal life promised by Our Lord?

Is it drugs, alcohol, sex, resentment, anger, or ego?

Then, listen to the words of our Lord and take away the stone and come out of your personal tomb. Walk away from what separates you from God and walk toward Jesus, who loves you just like he loved Lazarus, Martha and Mary.

When my conversation with my neighbor ended she felt as if a burden had been lifted. She had suffered a great loss. She knew it was OK to cry, to weep as Jesus wept and that the loss would always be with her. But, she also realized that she needed to untie her son and herself from the guilt, resentment and blame and let him go from her loving arms to the loving arms of Jesus.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:10


How does one go from the best of friends to the best of enemies? How does one go from the wedding toast of the perfect couple to the bitter divorce and custody battle? How does one go from 50/50 business partners to rivals for the buyout? Maybe the simple answer is just plain frail humanity. Look at scripture, on Palm Sunday the people sing: “Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is the King” to the Good Friday cries of “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” That was a 180-degree change in a few days. So, if they did it to Jesus do you think that we are exempt? 

It is not a case of will it happen, just when. The thing is how do we handle it. How did Jesus handle it? He said, “Father forgive them.” He didn’t seek revenge. He only returned hatred with love. That is a tall order for a lowly human to do, but if we follow the Master then that is the example that he gave us. He prayed to his Father to have the cup pass. Well, you know how that turned out. Jesus was hung on the cross and tortured. The up side of all this is that Jesus rose from the dead. We too will rise. Yes, we will rise as Jesus did, but also after our “crucifixion” our life will go on. Jesus wants us to be the example of his resurrection in the world. Despite the evil that befalls us Jesus asks us to forgive and live the truth. We must go on as he did.

Bible Vs: Lk. 24: 5-7 “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.”

Prayer: Dearest Jesus I could never really imagine all the pain that you endured on the cross, but I would think that it must have matched the pain that you felt when the people that you loved betrayed you. You forgave them. That is really hard for me Jesus. When someone that I counted on lets me down or causes evil to befall me I want revenge. Help me Lord to be more like you. Help me to come to the point where I say and mean “forgive them.” Amen

Spotlight: Happy Easter!! Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. We will be having a Pasta Dinner on Thursday, April 20th from 4:30 PM until 6:45 PM. The tickets are $8.50. Come for some good food, company and helping the Shrine with its repairs. Also, don’t forget the “Outdoor Season” begins on Sunday, May, 7 with the 9:30 AM Outdoor Mass followed by breakfast in the St Ann Dining Room. At 3:00 PM we have Stations of the Cross followed by 4:00 PM rosary and benediction.

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