faith: A Paradigm Shift - 09/23/16 04:07 AM
We have all heard of the term “paradigm shift”. It started out as a mathematical term, but over the years it has become a philosophical term as well. I will always remember the first time I heard the term. It was in an advanced learning seminar, and the speaker explained the philosophical definition this way. He said a paradigm shift is when new information is introduced to a situation which causes you to think differently.
The instructor then went on to give the following example...a man gets on a train with 3 young children, and immediately the children begin running up and … (4 comments)

faith: To Realize The Value of Something… - 06/03/15 04:13 AM
To Realize The Value of Something…
I received the following email from my brother-in-law this morning, and I just loved it because it encompasses such tremendous wisdom. Why?  For one to know the real value of something, a person must experience the pain of losing something of importance. Sadly, it is not a lesson that once learned, you never have to be taught that lesson again. We humans tend to take things for granted. We think that just because a person, or thing was there yesterday, and it was there today…that it will be there tomorrow.
It seemed ironic to me that my … (6 comments)

faith: It Isn’t Important Where You Head Off To In The Morning… - 02/25/15 10:24 PM
My wife had a girlfriend over to the house when I arrived home yesterday afternoon. My wife’s friend is quite a bit younger than my wife, and once was my wife’s boss. The woman has a mid-to-high level management position with her current company. She was explaining to the two of us that the owner of the company had moved her to a different position, and she considered it a demotion rather than a lateral move. Based on the conversation, I am assuming this was one of her first major career setbacks.
She asked me for my opinion on her situation, … (107 comments)

faith: What's it all about, Alfie? - 12/16/14 01:11 AM
What's it all about, Alfie?
You have to be working your way towards retirement to have any idea what this headline means...or you have to be a movie buff with a passion for old movies.
I was following the breaking story of the terrorist attack in Pakistan in which at least 130 people were gunned down today by a murderous bunch of monsters. Couple that with the hostage situation in Australia which took place yesterday, or the hundreds of other senseless acts of violence occurring on a daily basis and I silently said to myself, “What’s it all about?” Habit had … (2 comments)

faith: The Media’s Fascination With Pope Francis - 12/15/14 05:46 AM
 The Media’s Fascination With Pope Francis
I use Yahoo as my web browser, and I find it interesting that there usually are 4-5 articles each day about Pope Francis’s comings and goings. Pope Francis said this…Pope Francis is coming to the United States…the Pope did this… the Pope did that…the Pope said pets go to heaven too.
I am Catholic, so I am naturally inclined to check these stories out, as they are of interest to me. There are a ton of us Catholics, so I understand the media’s need to report on his activities. However, I don’t remember Pope … (2 comments)

faith: Don't Leave Anything on the Table! - 12/04/14 11:18 PM
Don’t Leave Anything on the Table!
From time to time, I skim back over my blog to sort of get a feel of the direction I am heading with this thing. I don’t really have a goal in mind when I write. Many times, something just pops in my head during Mass on Sunday, and I begin to formulate how I want to approach the subject, and away I go. I don’t have an audience in mind, other than God. It really makes no difference to me if anyone even reads my post. My blog is just a way of formally … (2 comments)

faith: Be Kind To One Another - 12/03/14 02:44 AM
Be Kind to One Another
My wife and I were on a Southwest flight this past Wednesday, heading to Tampa to spend Thanksgiving with two of our sons.  The flight attendant on the flight was really funny, and actually made the normal “vital flight information” about how to wear your seat belt, or how to use your seat cushion as a flotation device worth listening to. She had some great one-liners…but I thought the best line from her comedy set was when she ended with, “Please sit back and enjoy your flight…and don’t forget to be kind to one another.”
Here … (2 comments)

faith: God Isn't Finished With Me Yet - 09/26/14 05:08 AM
God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet
How many times throughout any given day do we get frustrated with a loved one, a co-worker…even a passerby on the street? They say, or do something which is not up to our standards; and we get upset with them.  Sometimes that frustration becomes so severe; we may even want to write that person off…muttering to ourselves, “They just don’t get it, worse yet…THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO GET IT!!!!”
Comically, that judgment we impose on others-we somehow never seem to reflect on the fact that the very people we are judging may be thinking … (2 comments)

faith: Seeing the Invisible - 05/13/14 01:01 AM
Seeing the Invisible
Last night something happened to me that stayed with me long after the event. In fact, I woke up in the middle of the night and was unable to fall back asleep. I know no other way to try and figure out in my head why I was touched so much than to write about it. Writing is therapeutic for me; maybe at the end of this, I will come to understand God’s plan for me last night.
I was driving back and forth between two cities here in Ohio located about a half hour apart from each … (6 comments)

faith: My Dad, Now Here Was a Man! - 12/13/12 11:05 PM
My Dad, Now Here Was a Man
As many of you older folk will recall, I borrowed the title of this post from a song sung by Paul Peterson back in 1962, on the Donna Reed Show. It was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Even to this day, I get a little teary-eyed when I hear it. The first couple of verses are below…
He isn't much in the eyes of the world
He'll never make history
No, he isn't much in the eyes of the world
But he is the world to me
My dad, now here is … (26 comments)

faith: Peace Be With You! - 12/09/12 04:54 AM
I posted this last Christmas. I thought it some of my best work, so I thought i would repost it. I truly hope you can find comfort in reading it.
Peace to You this Christmas Season
The word “Peace” sure gets used an awful lot this time a year. It appears on Christmas cards. It shows up on all sorts of decorations…from Christmas ornaments to window displays. It is a politically correct safe word. After all, who could possibly become offended when the word “peace” is used in a sentence? We all want the world to live in peace…don’t we?
Yet, … (7 comments)

faith: Aging With Grace - 07/16/12 11:58 PM
Sunday was my birthday...I turned 63. I wrote the following post last year. I thought I would re-post it. I posted it...not so much for you, the reader, but more for myself...to sort of reinforce how I should feel being another year older. My son asked me at lunch on my birthday how I felt about being another year older, and I told him that I was just happy to be on this side of the grass. It's funny how much you can enjoy life...when you simply lower your expectations to just being able to draw your next breath! Anyway, here … (8 comments)

faith: The Homeless in America - 06/21/12 02:26 AM
The Homeless in America
In my previous blog, entitled “Each person’s Life has Meaning and Purpose” I spoke of how society has created inequality in our humanity, but that God sees us all as equal, since we are all His children.
 I would like to continue on again with that same general theme with this blog.
My daughter-in-law, Heather, and I were talking on the phone last night, and she related the following event. Here is a little background information… Heather recently opened up an automotive repair shop, and mini-dealership in a blighted area of St Petersburg, Florida. My son’s children … (33 comments)

faith: Each Person’s Life Has Meaning and Purpose - 06/20/12 01:29 AM
Each Person’s Life Has Meaning and Purpose
Each person’s life has meaning and purpose…we live in a time and in a place where that statement seems rather difficult to accept. We have been conditioned by our media and our culture to believe that only those individuals walking on red carpets, or sitting in boardrooms, or residing in glamorous locales are worthy of recognition. The rest of us …well, we are just props in the background in the lives of the rich and famous.
God doesn’t view us as we view ourselves. He sees each of us as equals. He isn’t concerned … (6 comments)

faith: Thomas Kinkade: The Painter of Light, Spent His Last Few Years Living In Darkness - 05/14/12 01:55 AM
 Thomas Kinkade: The Painter of Light, Spent His Last Few Years Living In Darkness
The autopsy report was just released for Thomas Kinkade, who passed away in his home on April 6th. Kinkade was just 54 years old. According to his live-in girlfriend, he had been drinking heavily the night of his death. The coroner’s report revealed "a lethal level" of alcohol, combined with benzodiazepine, the anti-anxiety medication known as Valium.
Kinkade’s final two years of his life were in stark contrast to how he had lived his earlier years. Kinkade had become a fixture in the bar scene over the … (6 comments)

faith: Give Yourself the Gift of Optimism - 04/25/12 05:06 AM
  Give Yourself the Gift of Optimism
This world is hard. It can beat you down. It can wear you out. It can cause you to become cynical. It can make you come to believe that tomorrow will be just as bad as yesterday. It can make you see the glass as always half empty, instead of half full.
How we view the world is a choice we make.
Well, you say, how can that be? My life is in the toilet right now…and there is no sign it is going to get any better in the foreseeable future. Friends, I am … (8 comments)

faith: Have You Ever Had an Out of Body Experience? - 04/24/12 06:13 AM
Have You Ever Had an Out of Body Experience?
I am almost hesitant to even discuss this…in fact, I am not sure I have told more than 10 people what happened to me…and here I am, posting it in a blog for all to see!
About 10 years ago, I broke a filling; so I called my dentist to see if I could get an appointment to have it fixed. The dentist was a friend of mine, and his wife was the receptionist; so when I called, they were able to squeeze me in that evening after I got off work. … (15 comments)

faith: Compartmentalizing God - 04/23/12 12:30 AM
Compartmentalizing God
I wonder how many of you have undergone the same metamorphosis.
Earlier in my life…in an effort to fit in, I tried to please everyone. To the buddies I bowled with, I was one person. I could be crude and lewd with the best of them. To my fellow workers, I could be Mr. Cold and Calculating. To my wife and kids, I could me Mr. Warm and Fuzzy. To members of my Parish, I could be Mr. Holier than Thou.
I tried to be all things to all people, and by doing so…I became lost.
When we think … (8 comments)

 
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