Another Terrorist Attack

  I’m sure you have all heard about the attack last evening on the gay nightclub in Orlando.  This is so distressing.  Another ISIS terrorist struck and the crazy ISIS people on the other side of the world are giving praise to Allah for him doing so.  What kind of god demands murder and destruction?

  I pray for all of those who were injured.  I think the number was 53.  And I pray for the souls of the 50 who were murdered.  But it’s getting difficult for me to pray for the terrorists who have murdered and destroyed so much.  I have asked God to give me the strength to pray for their souls.  Jesus said, “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.”  So my Christian duty requires I pray for them.

  We need to be praying for our country and our leaders here and in the world that peace can be reached.  We need to realize that our laws should never supersede those of God.  Without our prayer and our going back to how things should be, I fear that our end is very near.

Ash Wednesday

  Today is the beginning of Lent.  A time to reflect on what distracts us and keeps us from growing closer to God.  It’s a time to give those distractions up and allow Jesus to enter our hearts and then live the way God created us to live.  To reevaluate our priorities and put what is really important first.  It is a time of  giving up.  It is a time for letting go.  It is a time for sacrifice.  It is a time for forgiveness and mercy.  It is a time for listening.

  There are several online organizations that offer reflections and suggestions for improving your Lenten experience.  I have listed some of them here.
Bishop Robert Barron founder of Word On Fire will send a daily reflection to your inbox.  Click on the link to sign up.
MyConcentration.org run by Anthony Mullen offers a Lenten Mercy Challenge here.
L.E.N.T. In the Desert e-book.
Katie Warner has resources on her website.
Catholicism About.com has many good articles on Lent.
Pray More Retreat offered by Pray More Novenas.  This is an online retreat.  This is just a few resources I have found.

Vision Statement

Yesterday was very busy.  I had a doctor appointment, then Gary and I had run around doing errands.  The time got away from us so we stopped to grab something to eat.  I was sitting across the table from Gary when I noticed this sign above his head.

If you can’t read it, it says, “We will serve each other and out guests with enthusiasm.”  Serve – Enthusiastically meet the needs of others before your own needs are met.

I was very impressed by this and indeed our server was very pleasant and enthusiastic.  I realized that this vision statement comes from the words of Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thy self.   It doesn’t matter in what situation you find yourself we are called to love and serve each other joyfully.  Even if that service is picking up the mail for your neighbor, working as a waitress in a restaurant, or working in a community outreach program.  It’s realizing that our neighbor doesn’t mean the neighbor that looks and acts like us, but also the ones who look different, or travel in different social circles.  Just think how nice our world would be if we would all adopt this Vision Statement.