Sunday Homily, May 29, 2016, Corpus Christi

Readings:                          

Genesis  14,  18-20, Abraham gave Melchizadek a tenth of everything.

Psalm 110,  You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

1 Corinthians 11, 23-26,    Do this in remembrance of me.

Luke 9, 11-17,  Give them some food yourselves.

 

McClurgs

Welcome Erin & Diane & Cole.  So good to see you all.

 

Spirit Feast

I would like to talk this morning about 2 things.   First, what was my most favorite moment or experience on the Viking cruise.  Secondly, let me say a word about Jesus feeding the people.

This little story in Luke about the feeding of the 5 thousand men is one of my favorites.  I have talked about the story a number of times over the years, because I’ve been there & done that.

 

Marlene 1

 

Welcome back, Marlene.  It has been too long since the days we did the 9:00 Spanish Mass in the cafetorium at St. Marks. 

 

The point I like to make is that  these country people would hardly ever leave home for the day without some food hidden  away in their robes.  They would not be in to sharing it. 

By telling his apostles to share their 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus gets the people to share their food, too.  He creates a spirit of trust.  I would call this a unique spirit event, which leads me to the first point I mentioned,  what about our cruise was the best.

 

Ellen 1

Welcome Home, Ellen.
 

 

 As much as I loved being guided through so many cities I had read about and heard of my whole life, this was not my favorite.

I loved watching the water and watching the captain park this enormous boat, but this was not my favorite.

My favorite: the meals!   Yes.  But not in the way you are thinking,  the food, which was excellent, but in the sense of spirit.  Let me give an example.

 

Viking Sea 2

This is it, the Viking Sea sailing out of the Norwegian fiord of Flam.  Stupendous beauty.

 

 

There was a couple named June and Steve.  We actually met them in the Heathrow Airport, where we were all part of a group of about 12 who missed our connection to Bergen, Norway because we had only 50 minutes between arriving from Boston and departing for Bergen in another terminal.

A bunch of us spent the night at a Holiday Inn, including June & Steve.   We rode the shuttle with them and had breakfast together. 

 

Viking 5

 

Docked at the Norwegian village of Flam from the exterior tables of the so titled "World Cafe," probably because from this 7th floor stern deck you can see the world.

 

On board we continued to see them and ate with them.   On one occasion we had dinner with them in my most favorite eating location on the boat, the World Café, as they called it.  It was on one of the top floors of the 8-9 floor boat, in the stern area, had no waiters, just buffet, and from each of the numerous tables on the port, starboard, and rear,  I could see the ocean.   A fabulous place to eat and appreciate just being alive and in that setting. 

This particular evening we were finally settled in and the ship was moving.  We talked about all sorts of things and we had a common spirit on so much.  We actually sat at that table and talked for 3 hours.  June noticed it when we were beginning to break up.  I had never even thought of the time.

 

Viking 3

 

The marvelous World Cafe from the inside.

 

 

That 3 hour meal was my favorite moment.  It was a spirit feast.

It is difficult to have these spirit feasts.  We are so busy.  It takes time.  I don't get to do this often.  At Romeos we don't take 3 hours, but we can take two.  On our camping trips we can take 3 hours.   This is one reason why I tote in every evening a pint or more of Jack Daniels and a pound of cheese for hors d'oeuvres.  Camaraderie.

 

 

Viking 4

 

The World Cafe.

 

 

This is what we try to do here at Sigler each Sunday.  And I think we succeed.   Even now without wine.

It is the feast of Corpus Christi.  When is your next spirit feast?  What about tomorrow, Memorial Day?  

 

Viking 6

Who let that homeless man on board?

 

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing

 Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings.
Now, think.
What delight God gives to humankind
with all these things. . . .
All nature is at the disposal of humankind.
We are to work with it.
For without we cannot survive.

Hildegard of Bingen

 

Mary Jane

 

Mary Jane reading from Genesis.

 

Our Special Thanks

  •    For  the Readings:   Mary Jane and John
  •    For The Team:   Kevin 
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Wine & Cups:  Marilyn & Ron
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie, Beth & Mike
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Mike & Judy & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound: Jackie & Hue
  •    For the Music:  Ray & Shonda
  •    For all who helped with communion   

 

John 2

 

John reading from 1 Corinthians.

 

 

Birthdays:   Harper (Sunday), Scott Simari (28, Monday, John & Michelle’s son),  Judy Thompson (Tuesday, the last of May),  Shonda (Friday)

Anniversaries: 

 John & Maria Gorman (18th, Monday)

 

Ro 1
 

Rosemary reading her Blessing of the week.

 

 Please Remember these special people:

For John Schanot's upcoming kidney operation connected with cancer;   For Nadia's recuperation;   For Claire's mom;  For Jan’s mom;  For Grace's mom in Alberta;   For Dee and Mike;   For Tom Good;     For Cliff & Jean;   For Loretta's brother, Don Garcia;   For Laura's sister Claudia; For Bernadette's mom;  For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;      For Frank;     For Anthony;   For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues;  For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;     For John & Jean's son John Louis;    For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

 

Shonda 1

 

Happy Birthday, Shonda.

 

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara;   For Nadia's friend, Shannon Freeman;   For Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer;    Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;     Diane McClurg's mom;   For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

Wedding 1

The Wedding: Friday evening, White Rock Lake, the Filter House.  

 



Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill.   Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michael, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece;   Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen & her Margaret, Jim, & Christopher;   for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

Wedding 3

Jimmy, "I take you, Jackie, in Marriage."

 

Your Finances, May 8, 2016

Expenses:   $705.00

Outreach:   $285.00

Your Finances, May 15, 2016

Expenses:   $660.00

Outreach:   $190.00

Your Finances, May 22, 2016

Expenses:   $1440.00

Outreach:   $1230.00

Your Finances, May 29, 2016

Expenses:   $1375.00

Outreach:   $ 720.00

Donated today:  $2000 to Souls Harbor via Brent

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 


Wedding 2

Jimmy and Jackie married. 

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

 

Wedding 6

 

Jimmy Hunter, one happy man.

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.

 

Wedding 8

 

Jim Fossier, Jackie's dad and a good friend for years, since way back in the days we were all doing St. Mark's cafetorium Masses.


Reminder for Sunday, May 29, 2016, Corpus Christi

 

 

 

John

John begins to celebrate.

 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack. 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

John & Leo

Candle lighting. 

 

Readings:                          

Genesis  14,  18-20, Abraham gave Melchizadek a tenth of everything.

Psalm 110,  You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

1 Corinthians 11, 23-26,    Do this in remembrance of me.

Luke 9, 11-17,  Give them some food yourselves.

 

Music

 

Who is that new choir member?

 

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, May 27 , Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.    I’ll be there, Bill.                                                                                                                                                 
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together)Ocean Seafood and Grill 3829 West Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 105, Plano.  Friday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. BYOL Very Good, Very Reasonable,   If anyone would like to bring a bottle of wine that Would Be Great!  Please let Marilyn know so she can make reservations. 972-491-7068  rmackerman5@gmail.com              

   

From John Cade with DARCC:

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  John & Ray

Ray, people your age should not eat cupcakes on their birthday.

 

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

1.  Is the pontificate stuck in the mud, National Catholic Reporter,  May 9,   590 words,      Download Stuck pontificate 5-26-16

 

  Ron & Barb

Happy Anniversary, Ron and Barb.

 

True? 

He is truly wise who has travelled far and knows the ways of the world.  He who has traveled can tell what spirit governs the people he meets. 

Havamal, The Sayings of the Vikings 

 

  Mike & coffee

The Cafe proprietor of the day, Mike.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443


Viking Sea 1

More to come on this, Sunday, Viking Sea

 

 JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.


Sunday Homily, May 22, 2016, Trinity

Readings:                          

Proverbs  8,  22-31, When the Lord established the heavens I was there.

Psalm 8,  Lord, Our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth

Romans 5,1-5,    We have been justified by faith.

John 16, 12-15,  I have much more to tall you

 

John's Homily

The fruits or signs of the Spirit, what you see when a person lives in the Spirit of Jesus, are the behaviors that descrobe love, joy, peace, patience or tolerance, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness or self-control.

I have shared with you in the past my having sisters who no longer speak with one another and the pain this signifies.  Well, this whole past week I have experienced the signs of the Spirit.  Lambrini’s older brother George had never been to Dallas in the 22 years since Lambrini and I were married.

 On the occasion of his mother, Kalliopi’s, 90th birthday, George agreed to come.  I already knew George as a man of love and joy and peace.  He lives with his wife, on their farm in Pelaponesia near a town called Crimidi.  In addition to love, joy and peace, George demonstrates amazing patience. 

 

John & Leo

 

Guess who lit candles today.

 

 

I’m able to practice patience in some aspects of life, but fall down, especially in the areas of mechanics and technology.  I lose patience with machines that I want to do something they won’t do.  E.g., my lawn mower ‘died’ last year at the beginning of mowing season.  I found someone who would cut my yard for a reasonable cost and didn’t buy a new machine.  This year I took it in and the shop guy said it wasn’t worth fixing, and he could sell me a new one for $300.  When George got here, he little by little found out what was wrong with it, and then fixed each problem, one by one. 

I was amazed.  George reminded me of what Scott Peck said in his classic book, The Road Less Traveled’.  He said that he, like many others, said “I can’t do this or that.”  Peck said what we mean is “I won’t spend the time learning how to do that.”  Anyone graced with normal intelligence can learn to do anything, if we exercise the patience required to learn how.

Then yesterday my family got together to welcome George to Dallas and to celebrate Kalliopi’s and Lambrini’s birthdays.  Lambrini’s sister-in-law Debbie, and her daughter Leah with her one year old son, flew in to be with George and the family.  Our two daughters and grandson Freddie also came.

 

Viking Sea

Viking Sea docked at Stockholm, Sweden last night, a Spirit Event.

 

 

I experienced their love and peace and kindness with one another all day long.  Everyone showed their love for Leah’s 1-year old CJ, and Joey’s 5-year old Freddie—total acceptance and joy.  I saw Patience, which includes tolerance, in how the 5 carnivores and 3 vegetarians respected one another and showed great tolerance for our different life choices.  Faithfulness includes self-control, and I experienced this sign of the Spirit in their total lack of judgement in sharing personal stories with each other.  What a day of blessing.

I also experience this ‘Spirit event’ each week when we gather here to celebrate together.  Remember Stack talking about the ‘Christmas event’ and the ‘Easter or Resurrection event’.  At Pentecost time we celebrate the ‘Spirit event’.  Be on the watch for Spirit events; they are happening all the time.   

How do you experience ‘Spirit events’, in yourself and with others?

 

Sunset

Sunset around 9:00 P.M. Saturday night, Stockholm.  The Ending. 

 

 Yes, we have just returned to Dallas, Ro & Jo

 

 


Reminder for Sunday, May 22, 2016, Trinity

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade. 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

 

Readings:                          

Proverbs  8,  22-31, When the Lord established the heavens I was there.

Psalm 8,  Lord, Our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth

Romans 5,1-5,    We have been justified by faith.

John 16, 12-15,  I have much more to tall you

 

Posted from St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

 

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, May 27 , Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.                                                                                                                                                      
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):  To Be Announced.              


  

 

True? 

 

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir, American environmentalist and author (very important at Yosemite)

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443



 JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 


Sunday Homily, May 15, 2016, Pentecost

 

Readings:                          

Acts  2,  1-11,  There appeared to them tongues as of fire.

Psalm 104,  Lord, send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Romans 8, 8-17,    You are in the spirit.

John 20, 19-23,  Peace be with you.

 

Homily by Mike

 

Well, I just finished reading Bishop John Shelby Spong’s new book titled Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, which is a study of the Gospel of Matthew.  Bishop Spong is one of my prime mentors in understanding the Christian faith and the Christian Scriptures.  My main reason I picked a chapter of his book for us today is that it is on understanding the Sermon on the Mount in relation to Pentecost, which we are preparing to celebrate next Sunday.  Also, Bishop Spong’s book is on the Gospel of Matthew, and Matthew is our default reading source whom we read from most of this year (of Cycle C readings).  In his new book Bishop Spong teaches how Matthew composed his Gospel to match up with the festivals of the Jewish year, all celebrated in the synagogue.  In this chapter he shows us how Matthew matches the Jewish celebration of Pentecost or Shavuot with Jesus as the New Moses.  Moses was the most significant person in Jewish history.  The second major celebration of the Jewish liturgical year, after Passover, is Pentecost or Shavuot.

At Pentecost, or Shavuot, Matthew provides the liturgy readings that make it clear to the Jewish followers of Jesus that Jesus is the new Moses.  The Book of Exodus tells the story of how Moses went up Mount Sinai, received the law directly from God and announced it to the people.  In their acceptance of God’s law from Moses (The 10 Commandments) the Jewish people entered into a covenant with God.  Matthew, in his Gospel, has Jesus go up a mountain and then deliver to the people God’s new law—the Beatitudes.  In accepting this new law from Jesus, his followers enter into a new covenant with God.     

Remember, at that time most people were illiterate.  The Torah, the Books of Moses, were read at every Sabbath liturgy.  They read the entire 5 books of the Torah every year—compare that with our reading a mere fraction of the Bible once every 3 years. Shavuot or Pentecost was celebrated in a big way (it was huge!), with a 24-hour vigil, so they needed a lot of readings and songs to fill the vigil.  That’s where Psalm 119 came into play—the longest psalm of all with 176 verses (psalms were the synagogue’s hymnal).  This was the psalm sung at the celebration of Shavuot.  Psalm 119 is relentless in its praise of the beauty and wonder of God’s law and the covenant that sprang from accepting and keeping God’s law. The meaning of this covenant is what was renewed liturgically each year, and was what the 24-hour vigil was all about.   

Matthew combined Psalm 119 with the Sermon on the Mount to present Jesus as the new Moses.  Psalm 119 fits the Shavuot liturgy with stanzas for each of the 8 3-hour portions of the vigil.  Psalm 119’s first stanza has 8 verses and the first 2 begin with the word “blessed”.  The Sermon on the Mount also begins with 8 verses, each starting with the word “blessed”.  We call these the Beatitudes.  So Matthew used Psalm 119 as the basis on which to build the Sermon on the Mount. Next Matthew has Jesus give commentaries on each of the 8 beatitudes, 1 for each of the 8 3-hour portions of the vigil.  Matthew then has Jesus do a commentary on the 10 Commandments, going deeper into the heart of these original laws of God.

This whole Sermon on the Mount is a beautifully crafted interpretation of Jesus as the new Moses.  And it’s all organized around the psalm used at Shavuot, Pentecost.  This amazing take and understanding of Matthew’s writing of his Gospel knocks my socks off and I love it.

As we prepare for Pentecost, what is our commitment to the new law?  How do we renew our covenant with this understanding of Jesus as the new Moses?                                                                                                                                                              

 


Reminder for Sunday, May 15, 2016, Pentecost

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade & Mike. 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

Readings:                          

Acts  2,  1-11,  There appeared to them tongues as of fire.

Psalm 104,  Lord, send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Romans 8, 8-17,    You are in the spirit.

John 20, 19-23,  Peace be with you.

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, May 13 , Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.                                                                                                                                                      
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):  To Be Announced.              


  

What is going on in our Catholic World 

Sorry nothing new this week.

                                                                                                                                                   

True? 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank 

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443



 JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 


Reminder for Sunday, May 8, 2016, 7th Easter

  Quinns

 

Hi, Kiera, Mikayla, and Vivienne.  You girls are beautiful and fun.

 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade. 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

Sandra & Judy

 

Coffee Time with Sandra and Judy.

 

 

Readings:                          

Acts  7,  55-60,  They threw Stephen out of the city, and began to stone him.

Psalm 97,  The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth

Revelation 22, 12-14, 16-17, 20,    I, John, heard a voice.

John 17, 20-26,  I pray that they all may be one.

 

Mary Ellen & Beth

 


 Would you trust your jewels with these two??  Mary Ellen & Beth.

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, May 6 , Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.                                                                                                                                                      
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):                

Please join us for the next JULIET gathering.  Thursday EVENING to include those who work during the day.  May, 5, Thursday,  6:00 for cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:00.  MARCUS CAFE in the II Creeks Shopping Center Custer at Lookout in Richardson,  South of Bush Turnpike.

 Named "The best patio for outdoor dining in the Metroplex" (or if weather demands we can eat inside as well).  Great Italian food, live music, full bar,   friendly atmosphere.  Come, Eat, Drink, Laugh, Sing, Enjoy the music and friends!  

Respond with reservation to prattquest@yahoo.com

 

Brain trust 1

 


 
Our Brain Trust??

 

What is going on in our Catholic World 

  1. Daniel Berigan dies, one of my heroes,  National Catholic Reporter, May 2,   1600 words, Download Daniel Berrigan 5-5-16    

Com helpers

 

Communion Helpers, Geri and Patricia and Mike.

 

 

True? 

 When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: “Whose?”

Don Marquis, American journalist

 

North Side

 

Welcome to the North Side subdivision.  Beware, dangerous neighborhood.

 

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443


Hug

A super special hug from Zoe to Grandmom, Bernadette.

 

 

 JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

Georgie & Tori

 

Hurry up, Tori, that monster chasing you is Georgie.   Scary!


Sunday Homily, May 1, 2016, 6th Easter

Readings:

Acts  15, 1-2, 22-29,   Unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved.

Psalm 67,  Oh, God let all the nations praise you.

Revelation  21, 10-14, 22-23,  The angel took me to a great, high mountain.

John 14, 23-29,  Whoever loves me will keep my word.

 

  Chloe 1

 

Welcome home, Chloe, you are beautiful and special here.

 

 Acts observations again:

WHO: same as author of Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15 of 28

WHEN: late 60’s, before 70

WHY: To further Paul’s desire to make “The Way” of Jesus’ followers acceptable to people in the Greco-Roman world of his time.

Today’s reading from Chapter 15 of Acts gives us another example of how the followers of Jesus at that time were originally Jewish. We have no documents from the 20 years following Jesus’ death. Scholars conjecture that there were writings from that time that became sources for the authors of the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

 

 

Tori- Zoe 2

 

Victoria, along with Zoe, they say, Welcome, Everybody."

 

 

My Peace I give to you

My Peace I give to you.  What a beautiful gift.  The Best.  How do you find it?   

I would like to talk about finding the peace this morning.  I would propose that the gift is all around us.  It is here in our community, it is in our homes, it is in Tom Thumb, it is in our city.  I would suggest that there are big and little packages of peace.  For example, some little packages that give me peace.

First, taking Aviana, our dog, for a walk.  Rosemary takes Aviana for two or three afternoon walks.  Along the way she gets to know so many of our neighbors. 

 

Brandon 1

 

 

Brandon, the guy with all the personality, also says, "Hi, Folks."

 

 

I take Aviana for 3 walks in the morning, including her first walk at ca. 4:15.   Want to know what peace is?   Watching her do her business quickly, especially both of them on this 5 minute walk.  It is short because she knows that she will get her breakfast right away afterward. 

Secondly, try biking.  Sometimes riding my bike with Rosemary around White Rock and going down the White Rock Creek Trail, I cannot believe how delightful this is.   On The Trail I often think, 'I cannot really be in Dallas,' the scenery is so beautiful and natural.

 

Chloe & candles 1

 

Chloe put to work lighting the candles.
 

 

 

Thirdly, I find great peace in doing weddings and, in particular, getting together with each couple to plan their wedding.  Just this past Friday and Saturday I spent an hour with two delightful couples. Saturday’s couple was Lisa Anderlick, John and Karen’s daughter.  

These daily and weekly events, while being really profound to me, are what I could call smaller packages of peace.    Want to know about a Big Packages?

  


The Girls 1

Sisters, Jessica and Renee.

 

First, how can I not be touched with peace every time we all come together?   Remember that morning that it was pouring rain at 9:30?  Rosemary and I both said that few people would find their way here in that storm. 

What happened?  We had 65 plus people.  The kids are a special event of peace.  Our music.   And just everybody.   The peace of our community stays with me all week long. 

 

Quinns 2

The Quinn Girls,  Vivienne, Kiera, & Mikayla.

 

Secondly, Cinco de Mayo!   What?, you say.  Cinco de Mayo? 

This big Mexican feast is also a special day for Rosemary & me.  We are celebrating our 11th anniversary.  I know you figured Rosemary could not stand to live so long with this old obsessive bachelor.  However, we have made it and each day brings more peace and more fun. 

 

Music 3

 

Another beautiful Sunday thanks to Shonda & Bethany, Ray & David.

 

 

One of the fun things  takes place most weekday mornings, when I return from the J at around 7:15.   I wake up Rosemary with coffee and newspaper in hand.  Then I return to the kitchen, get my cup of coffee, and proceed to hop on the bed where we talk and discuss the day.  Aviana is also part of the event.

Unfortunately, even though coffee is supposed to be a stimulant, when I drink it after working out, it has the opposite effect.  Ten minutes and I tell Rosemary I am falling asleep and think I will take a 15 minute nap.  Of course, I get a comment like, “What a fascinating conversationalist you are.”

 

 

Brent

 

Remember, Brent, the cupcake is for Reggie, your Souls Harbor manager and recovery story--his birthday.

 

What is the response to these little and big packages of peace?  Two things.   Awareness and Gratitude.

Where do you find The Peace?