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God Speaks if We Listen

My sister has been struggling with an issue and trying to decide what her part is in responding. She shared with me an article that she came across that perfectly described the situation and offered a resolution that made sense by following Jesus’ example of interaction in his relationships. The advice was spot on. I thought it was such a good example of how God will speak to us if we listen.

I Found God today in His words of wisdom for my sister.

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United in Prayer from Afar

When a friend found that her previous spouse was dying, she went to be with him and her children. He passed away a few days ago and she sent a link to participate virtually in the memorial service. I tuned in today. I was disappointed that the sound was not very good and it was difficult to hear and understand what people were saying. However, because it was a Catholic service, I recognized the order and did my best to follow along. I figured even if I wasn’t getting all the words, I was still united in prayer for his soul, for my friend and for their children.

I Found God today being able to unite in prayer with a friend from a distance.

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Three Bricklayers

I was talking with a friend today who reminded me of a story I heard a long time ago about 3 bricklayers. The parable reflects how important our perspective is. It guides how we view our purpose in our work and in our lives:

A man observed three bricklayers on a scaffold, one crouched, one half-standing and one standing tall, working very hard and fast. To the first bricklayer, he asked the question, “What are you doing?” to which the bricklayer replied, “I’m a bricklayer. I’m working hard laying bricks to feed my family.” The second bricklayer, responded, “I’m a builder. I’m building a wall.” But the third brick layer, the most productive of the three and the future leader of the group, when asked the question, “What are you doing?” replied with a gleam in his eye, “I’m a cathedral builder. I’m building a great cathedral to The Almighty.”

I Found God today reminded of the importance of perspective in viewing my purpose.

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Fostering Hope Impact

The other day I received an email from the Fostering Hope organization regarding their annual fundraiser. This year, the event was online as many others are at this time due to the pandemic. I volunteered with the group for a couple of years until I realized I didn’t have enough “give” in me. I was using it all for my parents. I watched the video that was professionally produced. It was great to see people I served with and some of the young adults that I was so blessed to get to know. Moreover, I continue to be impressed by the impact this organization is making on youth in the foster care system. The volunteers spread inspiration and hope.

I Found God today seeing the impact of Fostering Hope.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

We found out this morning that today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. My dad asked how the rosary came about in the first place, so I looked it up. We learned that the “desert fathers” used to pray the 150 Psalms using rocks and ropes. That type of tool was common in other religions as well. The Hail Mary prayer itself took about 1000 years to transform into the prayer that we know today. And Tradition has it that St. Dominic had a vision of Mary who presented him with the rosary beads and prayers. In my mom’s prayer book, it talked about what a powerful weapon the rosary is when prayed in faith. I think we are blessed to have this amazing gift that we can use any time at a cost of about 20 minutes. Using it can make an impact in our lives and in our world.

I Found God today learning more about the rosary.

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Simple Joy

Aa I was running some errands, I drove by an elementary school. There were lots of children outside sitting on blankets in small groups eating their lunch. Some were sitting closer to the sidewalk. As I drove slowly by, the kids looked at me and started pumping their arms up and down in the international “honk your horn” gesture. I gave them a simple toot on the horn and they got super excited. It made me laugh as I felt a small connection with the “outside world”.

I Found God today interacting with happy children.

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Cabrini Day

Today, our state celebrated it’s first “Cabrini Day”. Our governor signed the bill replacing Columbus Day as a state paid holiday. I was amazed when I heard about it. Frances Xavier Cabrini is a Catholic saint and a woman. She was a great humanitarian and patroness of immigrants and hospital workers. There is a shrine to her in one of the cities, honoring her and the sisters’ who worked with her. Learning about the celebration of the day was a bright spot in the craziness of everything going on.

I Found God today as we celebrate a selfless saint.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

We tuned in to our favorite priest for Mass today. He mentioned that the day is known as “Respect Life Sunday”. In his homily, he started with the famous words from our own Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The priest outlined what is all wrapped up in that statement as there is not any single human rights issue that encompasses it all. He talked about abortion, euthanasia, health care, equal and fair salary, immigration, care for the environment, the poor and homeless . . . and I’m sure there are more. All of this is overwhelming for me to think about what I am supposed to do. But, he encouraged each person to do what they can in the situation they are in. He also encouraged each person to use their right and voice to pray and vote. I, personally, am having a hard time as there is not a candidate who emulates all of the above human rights. As if he knew, the priest ended by quoting Paul’s letter to the Phillipians, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” I appreciated his wisdom and insight.

I Found God today in additional insight during this season.

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Christian Horse

When I was sitting outside this afternoon, I could hear my mom telling jokes to my dad in the house. Then they would laugh and laugh. At dinner, my mom tried to remember one that she wanted to tell to me. They both tried to remember the details, but couldn’t, so after dinner my mom got out her Reader’s Digest and read it to me. It was pretty funny, especially with all the build up to it:

A Christian man saw an advertisement for a Christian Horse, so he went to check it out. The horse’s owner said, “It’s easy to ride him. Just say ‘Praise the Lord!’ to make him go and ‘Amen!’ to make him stop.” The man got on the horse and said, “Praise the Lord!” Sure enough, the horse started to walk. “Praise the Lord!” he said again, and the horse began to trot. “Praise the Lord!” he yelled and the horse broke into a gallop. The man was enjoying his ride so much that he almost didn’t notice the cliff he and the horse were about to go over. The man shouted “AMEN!” at the top of his lungs, and the horse stopped right at the edge of the cliff. Relieved, the man said, “Phew, Praise the Lord!”

I Found God today in shared laughter.

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Less Traveled

I had an opportunity today to take a drive with a good friend. We headed to the mountains, hoping to find a road less traveled to take in some fall scenery. As anticipated, there were plenty of other people who had the same idea. After being on the main road for a while, we came across a dirt road and turned. We didn’t know where it went, but it was away from the traffic. The road looped and turned, climbed and descended, with houses tucked back in amongst the trees. The views were spectacular. We stopped at several spots to take in the beautiful colors of the “quaking” aspens. When the sun was at the right angle, the leaves glowed and shimmered in the breeze. Once we hit the main road again, we stopped at a pull-off. By this time the clouds and smoke had made an appearance and, while it was still a beautiful sight, the changing Fall leaves were no longer as stunning. It felt great – therapeutic – to take a beautiful drive, experience nature, and spend good time with a wonderful friend.

I Fount God today spending the day with a friend and experiencing nature.