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    Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    Reflection of the Day: St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in New York, Boston, Chicago and Savannah (Go figure that one out!).  Did you know that the first Irish Associations in the Unites States founded in Boston and New York had among their original missions: “to help the needy?”  Throughout the past century and to this day most major charitable events – Non-Catholic and Catholic alike – count Irish-Americans among the list of major donors.  This year, I was honored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. at his annual Irish Heritage and Culture celebration. It was great to be part of the celebration.  The story of charity in…

  • Holidays and Holy Days

    Last Day of Lent

    Tip of the Day:             Use your tongue today to speak a gentle, not condemnatory, words of encouragement to someone who seems down or depressed.    Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of Holy Week    Reflection of the Day: It is profoundly tragic that the last day of Lent is referred to as Spy Wednesday after Judas, the traitor who takes his own life in remorse.  This makes the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus even more compelling. Out of the depths I cried….  And the Lord heard my cry…

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    Stay the Course Through Holy Week

    Tip of the Day: Recommit to making the time to celebrate the great feasts of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), Passion (Good Friday) & Resurrection (Easter).   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Tuesday of Holy Week   Reflection of the Day: A wise colleague often says, “When climbing the mountain, it’s good to look back periodically and see how far we have come.” Today is the symbolic 39th day of Lent. We’ve come a long way. Only one more day remains of our Lenten discipline before we enter into the great celebrations of our Christian faith.  

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    His Presence is Always Found

    Tip of the Day: Think of a great injustice and ask God to come to right it. Too bold, too much a reach?  Remember it’s God’s world too. He has a job to do.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Monday of Holy Week   Reflection of the Day: There is so much humanity in God’s world. Isn’t that the story of creation? As one of the stories goes, it was God’s garden and He made us humans and put us in it. It was a neat place with lots of good things and everything in order. Then things got messed up by “apple-gate” – as I like…

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    Thank God for the Kind People

    Tip of the Day: Today, try two quirky random acts of kindness – one in the morning and one in the evening.  Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Saturday of Fifth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: I can figure out two reasons why Jesus annoyed the people of his time.  The first is the traditional understanding.  The political and religious leadership thought he was getting too popular and might usurp their respective spheres of power and authority.  That’s understandable, even if not noble.  But the other reason you and I can relate to.  Sometimes individual who are kind, humble, giving and content can make us jealous,…

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    Do A Good Thing

    Tip of the Day: Do one hard thing for another person today.  It won’t be a “crucifixion,” but a little sacrifice is good thing.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent     Reflection of the Day: Healing, feeding the hungry, teaching God’s ways, stories of Jesus that taught the important of helping others.  There’s much more.  Jesus’ whole ministry taught that “doing right by each other” is “doing right by God.”  Fortunately, my experience is that people do want to help each other out and very often do so.  Good Friday teaches us that the time and type of help we…

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    Pass on the Power of Prayer

    Tip of the Day:        Pray for 6 minutes while you listen to the “The Prayer” Verse of the Day:         Bible Readings for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Abraham is Father and Patriarch to Jews, Christians & Muslims.  God told our Father Abraham that he and his descendants must keep his covenant throughout the ages.  I can’t speak for other ages, but our age is not doing so well.  How can we, the “People of the Book”, betray our roots and our God so often in the way we discriminate and express hate and carry out violence toward those who are not of…

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    The Truth Will Set You Free

    Tip of the Day: Listen to a classic rendition of the civil war “Battle Hymn.”  Try to re-imagine it as an anthem to truth and freedom in Jesus.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reflection of the Day: The most difficult part of a difficult situation can be the fear that an embarrassing, or even shameful, situation becomes known. We are frequently surprised that the world des not end when the truth becomes known.  Even though it’s rocky and painful for awhile, it most times is liberating and freeing – especially when we remain with Jesus during these times.

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    Let God Carry You

    Tip of the Day: Reflect on the hardest thing you want to stay true to or to avoid.  Give that over the God and let God carry you steadfastly through today.  Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: Sprinters are usually more fun to watch than marathoners.  They definitely appeal to my attention span.  We need their bursts of energy to inspire us and get us going, but we also need to recognize that most things require more than a sprint.  And there is no contradiction between the two.  Even marathoners sometimes have to inject a short-term burst of…

  • Commentary

    Jesus Forgives You & Loves You

    Tip of the Day: Think in your own head about something bad you’ve done and felt guilty about.  Realize that Jesus knows about it, forgives you and loves you. Verse of the Day:    Bible Readings for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: The powerful trio of guilt, blame and responsibility all occupy the same emotion space in our psyche.  Well, maybe not exactly the same, but pretty close.  Sometimes they even impersonate one another and engage in identity theft.  So here’s how I like see them and separate them.  (Note: I’m not saying this is THE way to see them, just my way.)  Guilt…