"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, April 24, 2015

Travis, Cardinal Joe, and Hockey

My Slow Takes

1. Prayers for a Richmond, Virginia fireman, and his family, who discovered that he has cancer.
Travis Preau of Engine 22 "C" Platoon, RFD.
2. I finished reading “The Gift of Peace” by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.” It is not a book that I would have chosen on my own. Our good friend Maureen brought it to our home. When Dee finished reading it she handed to me and asked if I wanted to read it. I said yes, not knowing what it was about. After reading it I realized it was one of those “God whispers” that sneak up on me every once in awhile.

Cardinal Bernardin starts his book with a hand written letter to us, the reader. It is dated November 1, 1996. He says that his book is not an autobiography but a reflection of the last few years of his life. He reminds us, ““that if we “let go,” if we place ourselves totally in the hands of the Lord, good will prevail.””

It is not a detail of his life, but a glimpse of his struggles, achievements and contributions. His lesson, to me, “when we are at peace, we find the freedom to be most fully who we are, even in the worst of times. We let go of what is nonessential and embrace what is essential. We empty ourselves so that God may more fully work within us. And we become instruments in the hands of the Lord.”

Cardinal Bernardin died of pancreatic cancer on November 14, 1996. I now pray for his soul and will continue to do so. I recommend that you read his book.

3. Beth DeCristofaro wrote about death in her article, “Forever In Me.” She reminds us that death is troubling but it should not be “anxiety-producing.” We should be prepared for it as were the Apostles, “living fully in the trust of Christ’s love and within His embrace is our path up until the moment of our physical end on earth.”
 With that in mind she recommends that in preparation for our journey to consider the completion of the necessary form to designate a health care agent. There are two websites for further information. The USCCB and the Dioceses of Arlington and Richmond, Virginia.  

4. “Fire bikes” are actually used by Fire Departments throughout the world. More information at Wikipedia. The photo below looks to be an older version.

5. Lucas Hinch made headlines this week when he shot and “killed” his Dell XPS 410. He was arrested for “discharging a firearm within city limits." If only he had purchased a Mac.  

6. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been around since 1926. They are one of the “regional six” league members of the NHL. Although they are not currently playing for the Stanley Cup 2015, they have done better. On April 25, 1964, the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup. This was the third consecutive Stanley Cup victory for Toronto.

7. This is my favorite Charlie Pride song, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.”

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