1. Saint Francis De Sales, Chapter III - On Patience, "Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the Will of God, ye might receive promise," says Saint Paul; and the Savior said, "In your patience possess ye your souls."
This is our patience of suffering. He tells us that we need to have patience no matter what issues we face. Those that we deem as major issues as well as the every day "annoyances" we face.
His best advise; "Follow Saint Gregory's advise, When you are justly blamed for some fault you have committed humble yourself deeply, and confess that you deserve the blame. If the accusation be false, defend yourself quietly, denying the fact; this is but due respect for truth and your neighbor's edification. But if after you have made your true and legitimate defence you are still accused, do not be troubled, and do not try to press your defence - you have had due respect for truth, have the same now for humility. By acting thus you will not infringe either a due care for your good name, or the affection you are bound to entertain for peace, humility and gentleness of heart."
If we can maintain our patience our souls are strong which makes our faith strong. We are able to place our lives in God's hands. Our inner peace will shine enabling others to see us as we really are. God's children living God's Word.
2. On Sunday our oldest son Eric treated me to the movies. We saw "Cowboys and Aliens." This is a western and I enjoyed it. Daniel Craig was a better cowboy than agent 007. He was not the Roy Rogers or Lone Ranger type of cowboy that I grew up with. His character was well written and his acting excellent. Harrison Ford did a great job as the protagonist which was different from his Indiana Jones movies. The addition of Keith Carradine gave the movie the cowboy touch. Keith is one of those actors that looks and acts like a cowboy should. His appearance in the movie was the ingredient that made it a western.
The story line was well done, there was plenty of action and the special effects blended in giving it a realistic look. I would watch this again.
3. Wednesday evening we met with Father Jim to discuss ideas for our "new comers" ministry. I was pleased that everyone was open to the new ideas that Father Jim suggested. We expanded his suggestions and will be putting together a revival of welcoming to our church.
The objective of our ministry is to welcome new members and returning members to our parish. This concept was not changed. The love of God continues to "shine." I am blessed to be part this ministry.
4. The Buffalo Sabres hockey team announced the new assistant coach Kevyn Adams. Our family is excited as Kevyn went to school with our son Eric. Kevyn's dad, Ken, and I also attended high school together. Both of our families settled in Clarence, New York.
We still follow the Sabres even though we are now in Virginia. Stanley Cup here we come!