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Reaching Out

Just yesterday my parents and I were discussing the plight of the world and how it can seem completely overwhelming to try to make a positive difference or stand up for what is right and good. It was suggested that we do what we should do and leave everyone else to their own devices. If they are on the road to self-destruction, why should it matter to us? However, in church this morning, the deacon reminded us of one of the scriptures from last week in which Jesus sent his Apostles out into the world to tell everyone that they can live in peace if they turn away from the things they were doing wrong and follow God. He pointed out that we are all connected through God who created each of us. That was quite an answer. The deacon then reminded us of all the ways the parish reaches out to others and encouraged people to do the same. I know I need to figure out how to do that in my life at this time. This afternoon I read the homily of a priest friend. His words are always true and relevant. One of the most beautiful lines was, ” . . . don’t forget that every day and every moment; that every person and every encounter; that every breath, and tree and sunrise and sunset – are all experiences of God where the “divine and human meet” in the smallest occurrences of life.” Here is the link if you would like to read the whole thing – which I highly recommend.      http://afriarslife.blogspot.com/2015/07/of-star-trek-pope-francis-encyclicals.html

I Found God today in a reminder of how we are to bring the peace of Christ to others in the world.

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