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Thursday, 07 February 2019 13:37

Ursuline Reflection - 2/7/2019

I Arise Today

 

I arise today with winter in my being:

resting earth

gracious darkness

dreaming seeds

barren trees

frosty breath

glowing fireplaces

empty spaces.

This is my inheritance in this vibrant new season.

I arise today in the heart of winter.

 

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WINTER, HUMBLE SERVANT OF CREATION, with brisk determination you encompass our land.  You clothe us into warm wraps, sending us out into the weather to gather the lessons you scatter. You call us to sit by the fireplace and feed each other stories. You invite us to listen to that which is invisible.  You are the contemplative season. In unseen and unknown places you faithfully do your work. In the winter storms of our lives, teach us patience. May we learn to trust the goodness of what we cannot see. As the ground becomes frozen may we have the courage to visit the frozen ground of our own lives, believing in the life that is hidden. You clear the air. You protect the seed. You embrace reality. You, O Winter, hold our fears until they can be transformed into trust. You are the beautiful season that we sometimes overlook. Share with us your virtues of solitude, contemplation, and faith. Surround us with your fresh, crisp breath and protect the seed that is sleeping in the depths of our being.





This reflection is taken from The Circle of Life

c  2005 by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr.  

Used by permission of Ave Maria Press.  All rights reserved.

Monday, 04 February 2019 08:43

Feb. 4 - Motivational Monday

"I've learned in my life that it's important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you're not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do." J. R. Martinez

 
by way of Lisa Ryan of Grategy.com
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:54

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 02/02/19

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Improbable Players is a collection of touring theater troupes with a powerful message. Forming in Boston, the organization formed in 1984 and is a form of evidence-based prevention education. They use workshops and performances to address and educate the audience on addiction, opioids and alcoholism. The workshops give students the tools to combat social pressures and find coping strategies that work best for them. The shows are performed by real people in recovery and share true stories of those who have battled addiction. 
 
The podcast today features Karen Snyder, the Cleveland Regional Director, as well as Chris Everett Hussey and Andy Short. They are the Co-Directors of the Boston troupe. Typically, after each performance, the actors get an opportunity to engage with the audience and have a talk. During this time the actors will share their stories and open up about their experiences and where they’ve come from. Each show is suitable for young audiences in 6th grade and up. Hear more about the ways that the Improbable Players are fighting the stigma of addiction and educating audiences around the New England region. Catch them at conferences, treatment centers and even community events happening near your hometown.
Monday, 28 January 2019 09:25

February Newsletter

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Owned and Operated by

The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, OH 44117

Convent: 216-481-8232            Gift Shop: 216-481-0900

 

February, 2019

Mary’s advice to us in the last letter was that we should have faith and live with faith. We see the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to save Jesus the fate of the first martyrs.  Those baby boys two years and younger were murdered because Herod feared this “new born king.” What did the Holy Family do in the mean time? Scripture tells us, that as prescribed by Jewish law, the child had to be circumcised and named and so Jesus was.  When it was time, as was required by the Law of Moses for purification, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. From what scripture tells us this family lived a life faithful to the Law of Moses.

We are not given details as to what an ordinary day would have been like for this Jewish family, but likely this family lived a life of faith.  Imagine Joseph working as a carpenter. Imagine Mary cooking and cleaning as any other mother would. Imagine Jesus learning a trade from his father, playing, being bathed and dressed by his mother.  Imagine the family worshiping in the Temple. Does any of this sound like what you may have done or are doing? So, Mary’s advice to us is: “Do what you are supposed to do.” If you are a mom or dad, then be that, the best parent that you can be.  Keep your child safe and close to you. Teach that child the ways of God. Keep God in the center of your family. Don’t look for some extraordinary task to perform. God calls all of us to do the ordinary well. Do what your station in life requires of you.  God will do the rest.

Come and join us for the Lourdes Novena, February 3 thru 11.  The rosary will be at 7:00 PM followed by Mass. In addition, on February 3rd, the feast of St. Blaise, there will be blessing of the throats.  Confessions will be heard February 5th, 6th,8thand 10th, from 6:30 PM until 7:00 PM. Bring in your petitions or mail them in.  We will place them at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes. Please note in your calendar that the French Toast Breakfast will be Sunday, February 3rd and March 3rd.

 

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my request.  I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.

 

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Monday, 28 January 2019 09:14

Jan. 28 - Motivational Monday

Monday, January 28, 2019

Get yourself going

Stand up tall and do something meaningful with the opportunity of this day. Shake off the hesitation, the excuses, the distractions, and get yourself going.

Wasting today is not a good option. This day is here now, and only now, and its unique value is available to you only if you make use of it.

A world full of factors you can’t even imagine have combined to provide you with the chance to live this day. It’s up to you, it is in fact your obligation, to make the most of every moment.

Soon, and for a long time after, you’ll look back on this day. Now, and only now, you can ensure you’ll look back not with shame or regret, but with gratitude and satisfaction.

Living this day well is difficult, demanding work that’s likely to be frustrating, inconvenient, even exhausting. And yet when it’s done, as taxing as it may be, you’ll know for certain it was your very best choice.

Get yourself going, now, and make yourself more useful and productive today than you’ve ever been. Rise to the challenge of your greatest opportunity, which is now.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#BdFHveAF4Uha3w5U.99  

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:01

Cover 2 Podcast: 01/26/19

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This is the fifth and final episode of our podcast series on Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and The Drug Company That Addicted America. So far, we have discussed what made the Appalachia region of the United States so vulnerable to the opioid epidemic and the marketing methods of Purdue Pharma. In this episode we will hear the story of Kristi Fernandez, the mother of a gifted athlete from Strasburg, Virginia and her search for answers in the overdose death of her son, Jessie. 
 
Jesse was a former high school football star who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 19. The small town where they lived was ravaged by the epidemic, going from a handful of known heroin users to more than a hundred seemingly overnight. Kristi asked author Beth Macy to help her get to the bottom of how Jesse became a casualty of the opioid epidemic in their community. Hear the whole story on today’s podcast.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 01/19/19

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In part four of our five-part “Dopesick” series, we have an extensive conversation with Sister Beth Davies. With the help of Dr. Art Van Zee, the two established a community coalition which laid the groundwork to file the first lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. A Staten Island native, Sister Beth is a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame. She has served as an advocate to the exploited, addicted and impoverished for more than forty years. 
 
Through her efforts, Sister Beth has developed a network of medical clinics, worked for environmental protections and built numerous substance abuse and addiction programs. After years of dedicated service, she has helped transform the Virginia criminal justice system to improve treatment for inmates. Hear more about these pivotal programs and the many causes she has taken up that have helped combat the epidemic in the Appalachia region.
Monday, 14 January 2019 08:41

Motivational Monday Jan. 14th

“No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” ― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

By way of Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist/Leadership USA. 
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 10:17

Monday, January 7, 2019

"If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative." Betty Eadie

 
.....Thanks to Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy/Leadership USA,
Lisa Ryan
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 10:14

Happy New Year!

January 7, 2019

 

Happy New Year!  The “Christmas Season” as the world looks at it is over so on to the next thing.  But what happened to that Holy Family after Christmas? Everyone had gone home. The Magi offered their gifts to the true King.  What now? Did those folks have all these magnificent things happen to them and now it’s over? Let’s go back to our lives like nothing happened.  Was their any significance to the birth of that child in a manger?

Matthew’s Gospel tells us that Joseph, the protector of his family, had a dream.  His is told to take the Holy Family to Egypt. The child is in danger. Joseph obeys, and they flee by night.  Imagine how disruptive this was to a family with a new born child. We don’t know what the dialogue was between Mary and Joseph.  What did Mary do? She followed Joseph. She believed, had faith that Joseph had been given this revelation by God through an angel.  Mary’s example to us: “Act in faith.”

Can you, in your heart hear her saying to Joseph and to us, “Have faith?”  Those words have meaning for us too. Look around. All the presents have lost their attraction, the food is now leftovers and the guests have all gone.  We are left with the greatest gift of all, Faith. If we don’t look carefully, we will miss it. It is not very big. Maybe it is even smaller than that child whose birth we just finished celebrating.  Imagine Mary’s advice to us to have Faith. How will we echo her example? We can always do what she did. When God asked her to do something that was impossible, she did it. In the year ahead will we listen to God if he asks us to do the impossible?  You see that is what it means to walk by faith. Be open to God’s voice in your life. Listen. How does one listen? Listening to God is prayer.

 

Bible Vs.:  Matt.: 2:13-15

Now, when they (the Magi) had departed, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said. “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt.

 

Prayer:  Lord, help us to listen to your directions for us.  Deepen our prayer relationship so that we can hear you better.  Give us the faith to follow your call and to share your Word with others.

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