Wishes, hopes, and prayers

Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, “Why do you not practice what you preach?” St. Jerome c. 342 – 420 I once knew a woman in a church service organization. The meetings for this group were held at the church, and at the end of each gathering, members would express their special needs and ask others to remember those intentions in their prayers. There was one woman who always ended her intention request by asking everyone to pray for world peace. Now, that’s a very noble intention. …
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Two words to change your life

Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus 1913 – 1960 When I was young, I was fascinated by the magic words that storybook heroes could use to change things. All they had to do was say the magic words and their world would immediately change. Now that I’m older, I realize that those tales were simply fantasies. But there are a couple of words that really can change your life: they have near-magical power if you use them correctly. The words themselves are quite simple: “I choose.” The magic is in how you use them. I suggest …
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A house divided

No tree has branches so foolish as to fight against themselves. Ojibwa Indian saying How would you interpret the above quotation? At face value, it’s certainly true: trees don’t have branches that fight each other. So I suspect the Ojibwa Indians must have had humans in mind. But this idea of fighting against ourselves, of being our own worst enemies, didn’t originate with the Ojibwa Indians. The Roman Poet Ovid, through his character Medea, wrote, “I am dragged along by a strange new force. Desire and reason are pulling in different directions. I see the right way and approve it, …
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