Daily Awareness Examen

Bench

Here is a good reflection for the end of each day …

Thanks
Give thanks for the graces, benefits and good things of your day.

Help
Ask the Holy Spirit for help to discern your day with openness.

Review
Review your day, hour by hour, to see how God is working in your life.… Read the rest

Noah: The Movie

Noah

Last night, my family and I attended a preview of the new movie Noah starring Russell Crowe [trailer]. Without doubt it is a well-made movie, with amazing affects and some star actors. However, the treatment of the storyline was disappointing from my perspective and I came away feeling like the movie was a combination of themes and ideas from Lord of the Rings and Transformers … with a big double rainbow finish. 

No doubt it will generate a lot of discussion and that's a good thing.… Read the rest

Weeping with those Who Weep: Learning to Grieve

Grieve

Almost a year ago, Matthew Warren, the son of well-known American pastors Rick and Kay Warren commited suicide. It was a sad day for everyone and of course, the Warrens being public figures, everyone had an opinion about the situation. Today, Kay Warren made the following post on her Facebook page and I think it is well worth reading, hearing and taking to heart.… Read the rest

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

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Daniel Goleman's latest book is Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, important and surprising. In this book, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a comprehensive discussion on this mental asset that matters enormously as to how we navigate life. 

Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows.… Read the rest

What do Protestants think of Pope Francis?

Pope-francis_2541160bA recent article from the Barna Group:

March 18, 2014 — He was the most talked-about person of 2013 and winner of TIME’s “Person of the Year” award. Google Translate coders have set his name to translate as “a better world.” Yet Pope Francis insists that he is “a normal person,” and has no desire to be “a superman or a star.”

Some religion columnists and commentators attribute the public’s esteem to his humble insistence that he is ordinary.… Read the rest

Sabbath

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Day of rest
Work now done
Life is blessed
Thank the Son

Enough 
No need for more
Just this moment
Time to pause

Stop
Let go
Finish
Say 'No'

Yesterday is gone
Tomorrow hasn't come
Today is life 
The Great I AM

Serenity
In the air
Melody
Everywhere

Eternity 
Here and now
Beauty
Quite profound

Can you hear?… Read the rest

Saint Patrick

Saint+Patrick+ShamrockIn about a week's time (17th March), Irish people all around the world will celebrate St. Patrick's day, which has become both a religious and cultural holiday in Ireland. St. Patrick is also highly esteemed highly by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran Churches. 

Only two letters survive about Patrick's life and mission, although there is a host of other material containing various traditions about him.… Read the rest

We need EVERYBODY!

Team-work

There were once four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Now Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.Read the rest

What God can do with 57 Cents

Hattie_may_0A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was too crowded. “I can't go to Sunday School”, she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday School class.… Read the rest