FAITH-Hebrews 11:1-2; 12:1

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.
“Hold firm and take heart./ Hope in the Lord!” Ps 27:14

I want to add, you can’t change the past, it is over, if you did something wrong, ask forgiveness and apologize to whom you wronged, and forget it. If you are worried about the future, don’t. Jesus said God would take care of the future, and you have no control. Enjoy and be grateful for today and thank God every day for what he has given you and the good people in your life.


Georg Washington: “I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government: to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field; and, finally, that he would be most graciously pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.” June 8, 17783, in a letter to the governors of the states on disbanding the army.

Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation he thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; the His justice cannot sleep forever.” 1781, Query XVIII of his Notes on that State of Virginia

(This is scary considering what is going on in this country right now.)

James Madison: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity….to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

(These men were so much smarter than the elite we have in this country that think they know every thing and can control everything. Obama should read this. This is why it is so important for our children to know history if they want to protect the future of this country.)


“The raising of a child is a blessed opportunity, a sacred obligation, and a difficult job that seems to be getting harder all the time. I know many mothers pray for their sons and daughters. Some mothers pray out of gratitude, some mothers pray out of necessity, and others pray out of frustration. Whatever the reason for the prayer, we know God hears these prayers.” From the Marianist Mission letter for Mother’s Day, Father Pat.


I have been talking about the worst spanking and only spanking I ever remember receiving. Keep in mind that my parents did not believe in hitting, each other or us kids. They always treated each other and us children with the greatest respect. They only used spanking if we endangered our life or someone else’s. I know I must have been spanked when I was young for going in the road, etc. because I saw them spank my brothers and sister, when they were young and didn’t listen to no when it really mattered. My parents wisely picked their battles.

Ok, now about the Park, my parents used to take my brother and I to the Park, on nice Sunday afternoons during the summer to play and have a picnic supper. There is a path along a cliff by the river with a beautiful fence and a beautiful view, and picnic tables, a frog pond that now has fountain, there are 2 roads to walk around the park and a beautiful flower garden, with a sun dial and a band stand with lots a room for kids to run around. There are now concerts every Sunday now during the Summer at 5PM. There is also an nice big grass hill for kids to run on and roll down, and more picnic tables. We used to climb the big old pine trees, most are still there, and roll down the hill. The sun dial is neat. The dial part has been broken for years but if you put a stick in the middle and use your finger you can figure out the time as long as it is bring enough for shadows. The stick and finger makes the shadow that point to the correct roman numeral. That is how we used to know what time it was, taking day light savings time into consideration, of course.

Now, because the park was on Rt. 2 at the top of a hill and on the other side of the road from our house, we had orders NEVER to go down there without our parents. One day when I must have been 8 or 10 yrs old, which would have made the older kids in our gang 12 or 14, we were playing out in the cow fields at the end of our street and got bored and decided to go to the park. Remember there were no cel. phones in those days, and when we went out to play it was up to us to know what time it was to be home for dinner at 12 noon. All our parents went by the same schedule. So of course, we didn’t tell anyone. Unfortunately we forgot the time, otherwise, no one would have been the wiser. It was perfectly safe for us to go down there with older kids that were 12 and 14 but I did not have permission and I had my younger brother, with us.

Anyway, dinner came and went and we were no where to be found. Evidently every parent on the street was looking for us. When we showed up, I don’t know what happened at the other houses, but my Mother was in a panic. She said, “where have you been, I was getting ready to call the police”? Once we established where we had been, and I really never lied to my mother, she told my brother not to do that again. Since I was in charge of him, she said she was sorry but she really was going to spank me and to never do that again. I still remember it, not because it hurt either my bottom or my spirit, but because I was sorry I had scared her so. Remember that in those days we wore heavy jeans when we went out in the fields, and since I was as big as she was, it was hard for her to hurt me. However, she decided I had put my brother and myself in such danger she was going to use her wooden hairbrush which she never did before. Unfortunately, when she spanked me it broke her hairbrush, so that was the end of the spanking. Really it didn’t hurt anything, but I didn’t bring my brother anywhere I wasn’t supposed to again.


“From our limited perspective, we sometimes get impatient and wonder why in 2,000 years God’s plan has not made things better in the world.

It’s good to remember that God’s plan reaches across the whole cosmos=which we haven’t even been able to measure-and across ages and ages still unknown to us. There is a long way to go.

We’re not the architects of God’s plan, but crafters try to work on one part of the enterprise-A LIFE LIVED WELL.


“Spend some quiet time with the Holy Spirit”



From Magnificat: We are being led, not by nature, but by the Spirit, for we are indeed God’s children, and the Spirit inspires our own spirit to cry out in confidence: “Father, my dear Father”(cf.Rom 8:14-16). It is the Spirit who continually upholds our natural weakness with divine strength; who is always praying deep within us even when our hearts seem mute, uttering our own most authentic desires, desires that we hardly know we have. These are Jesus’ desires, formed and uttered in us as our very own by the Holy Spirit, the mutual love-exchange of Father and Son. Such prayer is infallibly heard (cf.Rom.8:26)……………….
by Sister Ruth Burrows, O.C.D.