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The Weekend of July 24/25, 2021

July 24, 2021

Dear People of God,

July is quickly moving and August is truly right around the corner. Take the time to be still, reflect and connect the mystery of God with our lives. My summer meanderings continue sprinkled with some humor at the end for some extra flavoring.

Fr. Medard Laz shares this beautiful story with a wonderful insight.

Hugging You to Life!

A business executive became depressed. Things were not going well at work, and he was bringing his problems home with him every night. Every evening he would eat his dinner in silence, shutting out his wife and five–year-old daughter. Then he would go into the den and busy himself at the computer to wall his family out of his life.

After several nights of this, one evening his daughter took her little hand and pushed away the computer screen. She then jumped into her father’s lap, wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him strongly. The father said abruptly, “Honey, you are hugging me to death!” “No Daddy,” the little girl said, “I’m hugging you to life!”

This was the greatness of Jesus. He took people where they were and hugged them to life. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus goes to the “upper crust” of society and raises the 12-year old daughter of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue back to life again.

On the way to the girl, Jesus cures the hemorrhaging woman in the crowd who was a social outcast. These two vastly different people, the down and out hemorrhaging woman and the upper-crust daughter of Jairus, are loved into life by our Lord.

Who has hugged YOU back into life? Who have YOU hugged back into life?

 

Keep reading…………………

 

SIMPLE FORMULA FOR LIVING

Live beneath your means.

Return everything you borrow.

Stop blaming other people.

Admit it when you make a mistake.

Give clothes not worn to charity.

Do something nice and try not to get caught.

Listen more; talk less.

Every day take a 30-minute walk.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Be on time.  Don’t make excuses.

Don’t argue.  Get organized.

Be kind to unkind people.

Let someone cut ahead of you in line.

Take time to be alone.

Cultivate good manners.

Be humble.

Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.

Know when to keep your mouth shut.

Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.

Learn from the past.  Plan for the future.

Live in the present.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

It’s all small stuff.

And more food for thought…………………………

And humor is a wonderful gift from God…………………………………………

A lawyer is trying to call his clients.

The phone rings and a little boy, in a whisper, says, ”Hello.”

Lawyer: “Is your mommy there?”

Boy: (whispers) “Yes.”

Lawyer:  “Can I speak with her?”

Boy: (whispers) “No. She is very busy.”

Lawyer: “Is your daddy there?”

Boy: (whispers) “Yes.”

Lawyer: “Can I speak to him?”

Boy: (whispers) “No.  He’s very busy.”

Lawyer: “Is there anyone else there?”

Boy: (whispers) “Yes, the fire department.”

Lawyer: “Can I talk to one of them?”

Boy: (whispers) “No. They’re busy too.”

Lawyer:  “Is there anybody ELSE there?”

Boy: (whispers) “The police department.”

Lawyer: “Well, can I talk to one of them?”

Boy: (whispers) “No. They’re busy too.”

Lawyer:  “Let me get this straight, your mother, father, the fire department and the police department are all in your house, and they are all busy.  What are they doing?”

Boy: (whispers) “They are all looking for me!”

In a summer reflective and humorous mood,

 

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