Integrity still matters…

I posted this in March and originally in 2017. Before that it was a piece for my twice-monthly column in the Killeen Daily Herald. It’s been coming to my mind again lately and my followers continue to increase so I’m sharing old entries for those who are going forward with me but have not necessarily been looking back. I have over 300 entries at this point so it’s understandable why you would not want to look back. I do this from time to time, especially when I’m busy and don’t have a lot of time to write new entries. See my last original entry to understand what’s been keeping me busy of late! It has to do with a new grandchild. Blissfully busy, but busy nonetheless.

Drowning in Lemonade

I have been sort of discouraged lately observing the way things are going in our world. Maybe that’s because I am of a ‘certain age’.  I was raised in a home where we were taught to say what we meant and then we prepared ourselves for the consequences, whatever they might be. My husband and I tried to do that with our own family. And I know many of us do. I think that today, though, too many people say things they don’t mean, which is another way of saying, they say things they do not believe or that they know are wrong. This can be found both in a public forum and in private conversation.

And they don’t seem to care about the negative consequences of their words because they are fairly confident there won’t be any! That often proves to be the case, sadly. What I find disconcerting…

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Jesus Time!

I began my blog in October of 2017. The entry below is one of the very first I included. I recalled it this morning as the Gospel reading includes the proclamation from Peter about who Jesus really is. Everyone else was afraid to say what they thought. But Peter boldly proclaims it and Jesus shares some amazing news with him because of it. So, here it is. From almost 7 years ago when my granddaughter was not even 2 years old. My, hour time flies…

Drowning in Lemonade

Once when my 22- month-old granddaughter, Alice, arrived with her parents at their church she enthusiastically announced, “Jesus time!” That kid. I just love her so much. The interesting thing to me is that her parents rarely actually take her to Mass. They drop her off at the Immaculate Conception nursery so they can concentrate and be fully involved. My daughter does take her to adoration from time to time and Alice has been known to smile at the statue of Mary and to wave at the monstrance that holds the Sacred Eucharist.

I love that Alice is making the connection between the actual church, as well as adoration or Mass, and time spent with Jesus. I think of Jesus’ words to St. Peter: “Blessed are you Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this truth to you…” when that founding leader of our church on…

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