Sunday, September 29, 2013
Occasionally we have a visiting priest celebrate mass at our parish. My favorite is the brown bag priest. Father "Brown Bag" has been retired for 11 years but he has not lost his touch, he is still one of the most captivating speakers I have ever heard. His schtick is "what do I have in the brown paper bag". He walks up and down the aisle shaking a brown paper bag quizzing parishioners to guess what is in it. Our flock is always at a loss, 10 or more yell out a guess but never a "winner winner chicken dinner". Father "Brown Bag" is pretty sly as the bag contents is always related to the gospel readings and by the time the bag contents is reveled we have been reeled in to his homily hook, line and sinker! What was in the bag this week you ask? His wallet.
As I look back on my walk towards maturity I see the path zig zagging, priorities ever changing. The question that lingers is have I followed the path God planned for me or have I attempted to pave the path I wanted? One can always get back on the right path. It is never to late to plant the roots of life, allowing them to run deep bringing forth strength and tenacity, opening our hearts to kindness, generosity and love.
Now is the time for all of us to look in to our hearts and find the beat that skips judgment, let the beat of caring, love and joy be the strength of our hearts. Let this be what represents you as a Christian.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
|The Catholic Guy Crew and Mountain|
Lou, Maureen, Mountain, Lino, Ryan and Father Rob
Florence Italy June, 2010
|The Best and Worst Pilgrims ever!|
Italy pilgram peeps
|Waiting with millions for enterance to Saint Peters Square|
I am the tired one behind the bald guy (sorry Joel) - 2011
|The goal is now within sight as the sun rises - 2011|
|House of Mary - Turkey-2011|
Picture of the inside of the House of Mary- 2011
|Cave of Saint John-Patomos Greece - 2011|
|smoke = volcano-Santorini Greece -2011|
|Sunset over Mykonos Greece-2011|
|Notice the cross in the rock formation-2011|
|Greek Appetizers -2011|
I returned from this pilgrimage again feeling I had not grown in my faith as I had hoped. I returned to the dayin - dayout life of work. I allowed my job to overwhelm my day, my thoughts and my worth. I went on a trip to London, took my niece on a cruse with no release of the anxiety that had been building up in me. Tired of this gray cloud floating over me I began to evaluate what was driving this low self worth, I became aware I was allowing unrealistic expectations to rule my thoughts. I have moved work to a less prominent place in my life hierarchy and am striving to Work to Live not Live to Work. I have come to understand the growth I was looking for in my spritual life was within ME all along. I was looking for these growths to come from an experience and was not nourishing the growth from within. I am back to jumping in to life feet first, I am opening my heart to listen for my calling, I am feeding my soul with more relevant experiences. Don't get me wrong my travel adventures are not over, just the unrealistic expectation from them.
My final memories of the past I wish to relive are the fond memories of the animals who crossed my path during this trip. After all they are creatures of God also! Till the next post God Bless
|Dog joining us for Mass at Ancient Corinth|
Father Rob did not miss a beat! 2011
|Riding my Ass|
(did I really just say that!) 2011
|Camel of Kudasi Turkey 2011|
|Never have I seen so many dogs without homes. But they appear heathy and well fed|
For the Finale - my favorite things of Greece:
|AND THE STUNNING SUNSETS|