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Blaze a trail…

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Thought for the day…

May we, therefore, be motivated to act accordingly.  As the wise and saintly Ignatius of Loyola reminds us:

“God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God’s purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven.

All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.

As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.”

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Your mother is always close by…

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Jesus says to all of us:

Behold your Mother….




Jesus says to Mary:

Behold your son/your children….



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Have you taken Mary as your own Mother?  Have you accepted this gift of comfort, protection, & love that Jesus has offered to you from the cross?

Do you call on Mary when you are afraid? When you are tempted? When you are uncertain or doubting?

If no, why not?  If yes, with what frequency?



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We are not called to judge others, but we are still called to be good examples to them, and share the Truth with them.




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Don’t use “not judging” as a reason not to boldly and proudly live your Faith.



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Love one another as I have loved you. –                                                                    Jesus

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Love in action…


If a man who was rich enough in this world’s goods saw that one of his brothers was inneed, but closed his heart to him, how could the love of God be living in him? My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.  1 John 3:17-18







                                   What is it that we must not wait on our current leaders to do? Love – put love in action – by speaking the Truth in kindness – by loving others in their weakness and ignorance, as the Father loves us.

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The Archangels

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Image result for happyI was at the store yesterday evening after a long day.  I just wanted to run in with my daughter and quickly get what I needed.  While standing at the long checkout lane, I started looking at people and the different interactions occurring.

There were 2 boys (about 10-11 years old) running in and out between people. Some of the people looked irritated, some looked oblivious, some just rolled their eyes.  However, there was one woman who was with what appeared to be her husband.  She is the one that caught my eye, and I couldn’t stop looking at her.

When the boys ran by her (more than once), she looked HAPPY.  12 things happy people do differentlyShe appeared to actually get happier at the sight of them running in between people, and by her.  At one point, she looked over and saw me watching her – she smiled.  What really struck me about her was that of all the people around – she was the only one who looked like she enjoyed life.  I reflected on her, and her smile, and her happy attitude to the boys and others around her.

What makes people happy?  What makes people decide to be positive and happy?  It seems that some people just have that tendency, but more than that – like anything in life – there are some conscious decisions that need to be made.  These intentional decisions about how we are going to approach life then direct our actions.  I found an interesting list that identifies 12 things happy people do differently.

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Why Mary?

All generations to come shall call me blessed! Lk. 1:48

Mary, Model of Charity

Pope Benedict XVI

Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.

She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48).

She knows that she will only contribute to the salvation of the world if, rather than carrying out her own projects, she places herself completely at the disposal of God’s initiatives.

Be it done unto me according to your word. Luke, Chapter 1

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely
to God’s call & thus became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from him.

Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
so that we too can become
capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.

The Church honors Mary, under various titles (“nicknames”). Today, July 16th, the Church honors Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel.
Under this title, we again see how Mary desires to lead us to God — to eternal life & happiness:
The feast celebrates the devotion that the Blessed Virgin Mary has to those who are devoted to her, and who signal that devotion by wearing the Brown Scapular. According to tradition, those who wear the scapular faithfully and remain devoted to the Blessed Virgin until death will be granted the grace of final perseverance & be led to Eternal Salvation with the Holy Triune God. 1 Kings 21:1-21,27-29
Almighty Lord and God,
let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us. Under her protection,
may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
For more information about Our Lady of Mt Carmel & the Scapular, click link.
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Why pray?

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How can we live in peace & harmony when we believe so differently?

Brethren, be joyful. Try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.  2 Cor 13:11

Image result for living in harmony quotesSo, how can we live peacefully & lovingly together when not only are our beliefs so different, but actually seem to collide?

As Christians, one of the first things to do is to step back & look at things differently.  I like to use this mantra when things seem to be getting overwhelming, or when I know I need to look at something a little differently in order to move forward:   PAUSE – PRAY – PROCEED.

As St. Ambrose reminds us: The Apostle Paul taught you to look not at what is visible but at what is invisible; for visible things will pass away but the invisible things are eternal. As you read elsewhere: Since the creation of the world, the invisible attributes of God, his eternal power and his divinity are understood through the things that he has done. The Lord himself says: If you do not believe in me, believe in my works.  

What is the invisible? It is God’s love – which creates, transforms, & moves everything.  Out of God’s love springs action or works. If our actions or works become violent, unkind, angry, disrespectful – then it is not from God.Image result for 1 corinthians 13

Perhaps, as we pause & pray this day, let us ponder 1 Corinthians 12-13 before we proceed.   Truth can be spoken in love, but before proceeding to speak the Truth – ponder on the characteristics of a loving conversation…

Others will not want to even listen to us, if they do not see a peacefulness in us that is attractive.  They will eventually listen, but like well planted seed it may take awhile for the message to germinate.  Don’t look for immediate visible results – leave the transforming to God & His incredible power.  Just do what you are able to do in a humble, loving, respectful way….


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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2012