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Monday, 23 April 2018 09:05

Motivational Monday 4-23-18

A little more adventure

Get yourself into places, into situations where life can surprise you. Add to the richness, add to the adventure by not always knowing what will happen next.

Actively open yourself to what you never knew was there. Life on this day is too precious to live it just like any other day.

Exercise your courage to start something without being sure exactly how it will end. Discover wonder, beauty, and awe in places you’ve never found them before.

When you were very young, the world was an amazing place, filled with adventure, new things to learn, exciting experiences to be lived every day. In fact, the world still is like that, when you once again allow it to be.

For the place where adventure resides is within you. That adventure springs to life the moment you open yourself to its possibilities.

Right now, life is longing to experience itself in new and surprising ways through you. Let go of your constant craving for certainty, and let a little more adventure come to life.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#Awl0mdYpCB5eLLee.99 

Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/21/18

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The week of April 9th through the 13th, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM) recognized the first responders. These are the individuals on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and the first responders who witness the effects of the crisis firsthand. Greg McNeil sat down with Jerry Craig, Executive Director of the ADM Board, and with Barberton Police Chief, Vince Morber. The panel discussed the role of the quick response teams (QRTs) and how they took off, especially in Summit County. 
 
The QRTs partnered with the Fire Department to assist overdose victims and added another aspect to their plan by following-up. Chief Morber stated that, “You show up at a time that is a non-crisis situation, and [by doing so] you bring a message of caring.” People are more receptive to treatment when they see genuine concern and how these quick response teams come back multiple times after an overdose visit. It shows that these first responders are truly here to help and offer support. 
 
In the past two years, safety forces have responded to 4,700 overdoses within the community. This was an open door to deploy the quick response teams. In 2017, ten jurisdictions with QRTs made 2,986 post overdose visits to try and offer help to the victims. The community is encouraged to share messages and get involved in showing appreciation for those fighting the epidemic so selflessly and courageously.
 
Listen to the podcast here and learn more about First Responders Appreciation Week.
Monday, 16 April 2018 09:25

A Word from Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Dear Friends,

If you read last month’s letter you would remember the lady who would not consider giving 

one of her daughters to serve Christ.  Well, one young Lady who did say “Yes” was Mary. 

She said yes without any complaints, without any excuses or hesitation.  So, then whose example 

do we follow?  Mary was just a young girl like so many today.  What if she had said no?  

What if her parents had said no?  Yes, she became the Mother of God, but her reward and glory was

 given in heaven not on earth.  Mary gave birth in a dirty stable. She was homeless for a time. A widow

 in a world where a woman alone had no identity. She saw her Son brutally killed. When you pray today

 consider those two women: the woman who said no and Mary.  Did you decide who you will follow?

With that in mind the Shrine once again begins its Outdoor Season on Sunday, May 6th.  

(See the schedule below) Fr. Peter Kovacina will conduct the 4:00 PM Services.  

Come and visit Mary the woman who gave an eternal YES to God.  

As always you remain in our prayers come and visit us also on Pasta dinner days

 Thursdays: April 19th, May17th, and June 21st.       

God, bless you, 

 

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity!  

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine 

21281 Chardon Road 

Euclid, Ohio 44117

 

Outdoor Season Sunday Schedule:

8:00 AM Mass in chapel

9:30 AM Mass (outside if possible)

Breakfast in dining room from 10:15 AM until 11:30 AM

Lunch in the dining room from 12:00 noon until 2:30 PM

3:00 PM Stations of the Cross

4:00 PM Rosary, Homily, Benediction

The Gift Shop is open every day from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Sunday from after the 8:00 AM Mass 

Monday, 16 April 2018 09:23

Motivational Monday 4-16-18

Thankful for now

Be thankful for this moment, however it may be. Be thankful for the way you feel, whatever the feeling is.

Be thankful, and put yourself in the best position to respond. Be thankful, and enable yourself to see the positive possibilities going forward.

Yes, you could be resentful, but your resentment would not bring you anything of value. Yes, you could be angry, but your anger would separate you from your best possibilities.

What’s done is done, what’s happened has happened, the reality of the moment is as it is. Fill your heart with gratitude and open your eyes to the value that’s now yours.

Be at peace with the past and the present. Allow yourself to focus all your energy on creating a bright future.

Be thankful for this moment and be empowered to make the most of it. Let your sincere gratitude for right now fill you with positive energy and illuminate the best way forward.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#979i0vUlwQ1f4rsu.99 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:42

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/14/18

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Greg sat down with New York Times best-selling author David Sheff to discuss the devastating effects the opioid epidemic has had on families. Sheff has also been named one Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People,” and is no stranger to the opioid crisis. 
 
The hard facts are most programs don’t have the medical resources to fight the epidemic. Sheff stated, “In many programs, a person can go into treatment and they never, ever see a doctor.” It is a shocking realization that someone fighting a disease often goes without medical attention. Almost everyone ends up in a program that may not be fully equipped to help them.
The two discussed treatment methods and how the plans need to be as unique as each individual, as everyone is fighting their own battle in various ways.
 
Listen to today’s podcast for more great ways Sheff and McNeil discuss treatment options and resources for those taking on addiction.
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!

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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 

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