So how do I let go of my anger? Generally, I bring it
to prayer. The complaints come unbidden, so I
might as well integrate it into prayer. What I’ve
found helpful is to balance anger with gratitude.
Near the end of my daily give-away year, I decided
to intentionally note one thing each day that I was
grateful for and to do this during morning prayer. I
call this my “gratitude offensive.”
It’s been a good experience for me. As soon as I
start fretting about the ills of our society, I call to
mind that at least I have electricity and running water,
or that we finally decided on which car to buy
and had the money to buy it, or that my back pain
and cold left in time for me to enjoy a dance weekend,
or that there’s a gentle breeze today, or . . . If
it’s a person I feel angry toward, I’ve taken it to
confession and forced myself to think of a positive
quality that person possesses and then hold him or
her in prayer. This may take a lot of repetition. I
keep reminding myself: Don’t quibble over small
stuff; let it go, and substitute gratitude. Remember
Rule of Thumb #10, Part 1: Forgive others. It will lift
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or
boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable
or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but
rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass
away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for
knowledge, it will pass away.
The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of
Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are
widely attributed to her.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and selfcentered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior
motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be
honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give
your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never
between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa
Life goes by in the blink of an eye. It’s too short to
live upset, angry, resentful or ungrateful. If you
look for the good, you’ll find it. Choose to be happy,
to be at peace.
Decide that each day is going to a great day and
grab each moment and make the best of it. Refuse
to let negative people and situations drag
you down. Trust your journey and know that if
you make a mistake, it’s okay. See it as a lesson
learned and keep moving forward. Spend less
time worrying and more time grateful for these
who love you and all of life’s goodness.
Choose to Live in Joy
Charity M. Richey-Bentley
On June 24th, in the Roman calendar, the church
celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist. The
celebration of the birth of the Forerunner is one
of the oldest feasts in the Church’s history, dating
from the earliest days. St. John the Baptist has remained
a beloved saint throughout the life of the
Church and many religious orders, institutions,
churches, and shrines were established under his
patronage. The Eastern Church especially venerates
him and he is given a prominence in the Liturgy
and Church art to a degree which is not seen in
the West – an expression of Our Lord’s words
“Amen, I say to you, among those born of women
there is none greater than John the Baptist.”
A Father’s Prayer
Thank you for all the
fathers and fatherfigures
in this world
and for the many
ways You use them to
lovingly guide others
to Your heart. I ask
that You would bless
them and give them great joy and peace. May they
see You and know You in new ways. Show them
how much You love them and care about them.
Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them
a blessing to others as You continue to fulfill Your
special purpose for their lives.
To parents of young children, May we
God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to
suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome.
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little
ones to see and hear what is going on at the altar.
They tire of seeing the backs of others! Quietly explain
the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, choir
and other ministries. Help them find the hymns and
prayers in the hymnal or booklets.
Sing the hymns, participate in the liturgy and pray.
Children learn about worship and liturgical behavior by
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to
do so, please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children
come to me…”
Remember that the way we welcome children in
church directly affects the way they respond to the
church, to God and to one another. Let them know
that they are at home in His house of worship.
The presence of children is a gift to the church and a
reminder that our parish is growing.
Letter to parents from St.. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mount Dora, FL
Dear Men of St. Paul’s Parish,
St Paul’s is offering a two day men’s
retreat, Christ Renews His Parish. It is a spiritual
retreat which calls together the members
of our parish to experience personal renewal and
Christian community in a relaxed environment.
During the retreat you will develop lasting
friendships with your sister parishioners.
I would like to personally invite and encourage
all our ladies to attend Christ Renews His Parish
retreat here on August 25,26.
We are all busy and we can all come up with
plenty of excuses, but I want you to remember
that one YES can change your life in wonderful
Please prayerfully consider this invitation.
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny
themselves and take up their cross daily and follow
me” Luke 9:23
Holy Week begins with the festive procession with olive branches as all the people welcome Jesus. But this week continues
to the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
But what does living Holy Week mean to us? What does following Jesus on his journey to Calvary
on his way to the cross and the resurrection mean? In his earthly mission Jesus walked the
roads of the holy land. He called 12 regular people to stay with him, to share his journey and to continue
his mission. He chose them from among the people full of faith in God’s promises. He spoke to
all without distinction: the great and the lowly, the rich young man and the poor widow, the powerful
and the weak. He brought God’s mercy and forgiveness.
He healed, comforted, understood, gave hope, brought to all presence of God who cares for every man and every woman, just as a
good father and a good mother cares for each one of their children. God does not wait for us to go to
him but it is he who moves towards us, without calculation, without quantification. That is what
God is like. God always takes the first step, God comes towards us.
What cross might Jesus be asking me to take up now in my life?
From Spiritual Reflections by Pope Francis
Like all religious experience, Lent takes preparation.
Reconciliation is what God does. We prepare for it
by opening ourselves up, by reflecting on the areas
of darkness in our lives into which God so deeply
desires to shine a light. It might begin with a simple
question: Where might God be offering me forgiveness
If my answer is, “I don’t know,” then I have some
reflecting to do. I can examine my life-what I have
done and what I have failed to do-and see what
graces are offered me there.
Coming to genuine sorrow for our sins is difficult.
We might think that anything that makes us feel
bad about ourselves is something to be avoided at
all costs. If we avoid guilty feelings, we ask God to
rouse in us a sense of embarrassment, leading to
deep sorrow, about any way that we may not have
been faithful, honest, loving, selfless, or generous.
We can look at our responsibilities as neighbors,
employees, members of a parish or congregation,
parents, spouses, sons, or daughters.
We might be intimidated by the size of the problem
that comes to mind when we ask where God
might be offering us forgiveness and healing