"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Slow Takes (vol. 48)

1. Please support Bonnie at “Learning to Be a Newlywed” and pray for the canonization of Bishop Sheen.

“Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication.  You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.  
If it be according to your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint.  We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

2. One of my coworkers, Tina, has a dear cousin who just died from pancreatic cancer. Please pray for her and her family.
3. Fidelity Investments has been quoted in a few places this week for their study on health costs for retired couples. The news is not good. If I were to retire this year I would require $240,000 to pay my medical bills. The period would be based on me living seventeen more years and my wife living 20 more years. So that means we would be spending about $12,000 a year. That is assuming that we have no employer provided health care plan, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of the health care reform laws and our annual social security income will be around $30,000. Something to think about.

4. USA Today reports that home prices are creeping up. This is a good sign for our economy even if it is a small improvement. I have not noticed anything in the Richmond, VA area. Sales of homes seem to be slowly moving but I think noticeable changes will be better in 2013.

5. More good economic news from The Richmond Times Dispatch.

6. A picture of Dee and I.

Forty-one Years Together
7. This is a request from Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. Please take a moment and add your prayers.

8. Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful women who brought forth God’s children.
“Mothers have a special way
Of saying ‘I love you’
A love that God has given them
A love that will hold true
For Mothers sacrifice so much
Providing for the home
Creating there an atmosphere
That reflects God's love alone.”

© By M.S.Lowndes

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