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Monday, 08 April 2019 08:42

April 8 - Motivational Monday

"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right." Wade Boggs

 
by way of Lisa Ryan, Grategy Leadership, USA.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 11:24

From Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland....

The Prodigals:  Father and Son

 

In the parable we heard this past Sunday, we have both a prodigal son who spends lavishly and a prodigal father who loves with the same encompassing abandon.  For some reason it put me in mind of The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy learns that she has within her the power to return home.  She just needs to know her heart’s desire. It evoked questions in me:  What is my heart’s desire? What do I gain and what must I sacrifice in seeking it?  What do my mistakes along the way teach me? Who helps me, challenges me, welcomes me, celebrates me?  When do I become the one who forgives, welcomes and celebrates?

 

Read Luke 15: 11-32 and then watch the ending of The Wizard of Oz.  (If you don’t have a copy, it is easily found on YouTube.)  Spend some time with the rich images in both and allow God to speak to your heart’s desire.  Perhaps you might begin or end with this prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola:

 

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;

teach me to serve you as you deserve,

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labor and not to seek reward,

except that of knowing that I do your will.  Amen.

Monday, 01 April 2019 10:00

Self-Reflection

Do you like to listen to music?  Do you hum along or sing some of the lyrics of the song and surprise yourself that you even remember them?  I think that most people do like music, but if you really take the time to listen to those lyrics that we are singing along with I think that we would discover something important.  The songs are great, but so sad. For the most part they talk about lost love or having to watch a significant other going with another person. They might even tell us that they have had too much to drink and could they be forgiven for what they have done to their relationship.  

 

The point is the songs seem hopeless, the relationships dysfunctional and the looming ending will come to no good.  There is no permanence, respect for the other or even a glimmer of the possibility of happiness. Those songs, while the music and the beat are catchy, do not paint a life that most of us want to live.  Perhaps your life is like that or after hearing the message so much it is accepted that we can’t have a lasting healthy relationship. God did not mean life for us to be hopeless or loveless. God’s love is everlasting, hopeful, respectful and meant to lead us to happiness.  Oh, sure we have problems, but if we have someone to walk with our problems carry half the weight.

 

It is Lent, a time for self-reflection for communication with our best friend: God. The world and pop culture tell us all sorts of nonsense.  God’s message is constant and ever loving. God shows us how to love Him and each other. Just because the world’s message is louder does not mean that it is true.  The volume gets in the way. God speaks softly. We really must listen. Take some time out to read scripture thoughtfully. Stop in a church and visit your friend God.  That would be like going over your best friend’s house. Maybe you’ll be surprised with your conversation.

Bible Vs. Jer. 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm to give you a future with hope.”

 

 Prayer:  Oh, Lord, there is so much noise around me.  It drowns out your word. I try and try to listen, but I grow very weak and tired.  Help me to hear your words of hope and to trust you. I have been betrayed so many times, but then again so were you.  It is hard for me to “forgive them” as you showed me. I just want to avoid another relationship, so I fear trying again.  Help me to strengthen my relationship with you so that I can recognize the friend that truly loves me. Thank you, Lord for never leaving me.   

Monday, 01 April 2019 09:01

April 1 - Motivational Monday

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

Monday, 25 March 2019 08:35

March 25 - Motivational Monday

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

Monday, 18 March 2019 08:43

March 18 - Motivational Monday

"Be nice to everyone you meet. You don't know when they will show up in your life again." Lisa Ryan

Monday, 11 March 2019 08:50

March 11 - Motivational Monday

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli

via Lisa Ryan, Grategy/Leadership USA
Monday, 04 March 2019 09:09

March. 4 - Motivational Monday

"Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” -Ritu Ghatourey

from Lisa Ryan of Grategy Leadership USA
Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:38

Upcoming Activities & Lent

Hello everyone!  We hope that everyone is in good health.  Attached you will find the March monthly letter and some activities that are coming up in the near future. Some of those activities include the French Toast Breakfast this Sunday, March 3rd. after the 8:00 AM Mass and the Ash Wednesday,March 6th. Fish Dinner from 4:30 PM until 6:45PM.  The tickets will be $9.00 this year.  Ashes will be distributed at the 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mass that day.  Hope that you can come.
 
We don't know if you have thought about Lent yet, but how about including the Shrine in your plans?  You can give up meat and patronize our Fish Dinners.  You can pray a bit more by attending one of our Masses.  We have Masses here everyday.  You can give alms in a different way.  How about visiting our gift shop and purchasing a Lenten book so that you can read a thought for the day?  How about finding out what family activities you can do together by seeing what the gift shop has in that category?  How about purchasing a religious Easter gift for a loved one?  These are just some ideas that perhaps you haven't thought of.  In any case hope that you can come and visit.
 
In the peace of the Trinity,

Sr. Phyllis Ann, O.SS.T.

Monday, 25 February 2019 09:51

Feb. 25 - Motivational Monday

"Life is but a fleeting moment so do not waste a second on something that doesn't make you smile" - Jamie Hall

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