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Offer It Up October 31st

Psalm 86:15

But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, most loving and true.

Everyone knows the old joke about the man who was stuck in a flood and needed to be rescued.Well, he had his own idea of how he should be rescued so when a boat, a helicopter, and others came to save him from the flood, he told them all “no thanks” because he knew God would save him.I don’t know what he was actually expecting, but whatever it was, he really wasn’t listening to God.His own perception of what the answer should be to his prayer got in the way of his ability to actually have his prayer answered.

Have you ever knelt before the Lord in prayer with the idea that you are not going to get what you asked for or that if you actually submit to His will, you are going to walk away with nothing?Or worse, that you will walk away with a 50 pound weight on your back because the Lord’s will is so hard to accept?

Remember that the Lord is a merciful and gracious God.He gives to us freely as long as we follow His will.Following His will should NOT be a burden.Rather, in following his will, we should wait in anticipation of wonderful things that will fill our lives with joy, laughter, and praise for how loving and true God is.


Offer It Up October 30th

Happy Birthday Mom! Grandma! Great Grandma!

"Walking, talking, praising the Lord. What else is there?"

Truly, what else is there, Mom?

Being a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother has its blessings for sure. And she has certainly shared many of them with us throughout her 86 years of youthful vitality that God has given her.

Maybe raising eleven children has kept her young. Maybe being the saintly stay at home mom kept her that way. Maybe being so spiritually in touch with God and the angels and saints has kept her in such a wonderful condition. Maybe it has been all of these things and more that has brought her to this point in her life where she enjoys the light of every day and takes in every breath, walking, talking praising the Lord.

Our mom, if ever there was one on earth, is the saint of mothers. The heart of the family, the fabric of our character, the backbone of our faith, she has held us together when we could not or would not see to do so. What we are today is in thanksgiving for what she and our father have given us through the years. Without what they shared, without what they brought us to, we would not be here today, celebrating the anniversary of God's gift to our family.

We thank You, God, for all our blessings. We praise You, God, for You are our Lord and King. And finally, God, we give you thanks for Irene, our mom. She is the mother you meant for all mothers to be. db

We love you, Mom.

Happy 49th Birthday... or there abouts.

Offer It Up October 29th

Happy Birth Day, Maddilyn Lane!

Matthew 28:19-20

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday about a few things and one of those things was about his trip to see his son, Paul, in Tokyo. The trip was several weeks ago and was great for them both but he had an experience he shared with me that bears repeating. I suggested that he write it down but he declined and left it up to me to retell. John, thanks brother, for being a light for us all.

While he was there, he went atop the Tokyo Tower, the tallest free-standing steel structure in the world. Amazed at the beauty and wideness of what he had seen and experienced, he was more so taken in by the descriptive plaques at the top of the structure. There a number of them in different languages to indicate to visitors exactly what they are viewing as they gazed out from over 1,000 feet in the sky. There are also plaques in Braille. Yes, in Braille, telling those people that cannot see about what they would see if they could.

John is an engineer by trade. And with that upper level of intelligence and thinking, it didn’t take him long to equate the relationship of the Braille plaques on the rim of the tower to the telling of our faith… how some of us that have it and want to share it, trying to relate something to someone who cannot see it or get it. We know it is out there—we see it and feel it and have it, much like being on the viewing platform of the tower. Yet for those that don’t, the beauty and grandeur is lost in the translation. Or in the fog some 1,000 feet above sea level or somewhere below that, say, maybe somewhere between 5’ 6”—6’ 4” for some folks.

Our conversation ended with John referencing a line from ‘Amazing Grace’- was blind but now I see.

May we all be ‘less blind’ to our own faults so that we may be more so to those of others, leading them a faith they can eventually see. db

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Offer It Up October 28th

Abba, Father!

We cry in the spirit of adoption. Paul uses the word adoption in opposition to slavery. As adopted sons and daughters we cry out Abba, Father! How can I plumb the depths of such an amazing revelation in Paul's writing?

In baptism we receive the very spirit of God, we become heirs with the Lord Jesus, WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD! The words fall easily from the tongue and the heart and mind struggle with the wonder and implication of it all. Heirs with Jesus, we may also be glorified with Him.
Can I really grasp the implication of this truth and live each moment in its reality? With the help of your grace, dear Lord, I can respond with my yes.

Still in my longing for you I so frequently do not do what I desire but do what I do not want to do. How can this be except for the weakness in humanity due to sin.

Grant me the grace I need to say yes in faith as did Mary. Give me a heart that is constant in prayer and guide me in your truth.

Hear my pleas O Lord for this community of Sacred Heart, pour forth your grace into the hearts of us all.

We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.


Offer It Up Octobter 27th

How human, how earthbound are the thoughts man has of God. He judges of Me and My Father by his own frail impulses and feelings.There is in Divine Love no compulsion of duty from the loved one to the Lover.Love draws, certainly, and then love longs to serve and to express one's love.But no question of duty in return for Love.Oct 26th God at Eventide

Merriam-Webster defines “duty” as “obligatory tasks…a moral or legal obligation.”I don’t know about you, but I hate to think that those that love me think of me as an obligation.Yes, we have to work at our love relationships because we are human and don’t have that divine, perfect love that God has of us.But, isn’t it comforting to know that God is so much bigger than we are?And what a great example God gives us in striving to love others in the same perfect way that God loves us.

Love longs to serve – it does not feel obligated to serve.So when a husband or wife complains constantly of how hard they have to work at their job to pay the bills or keep a roof over everyone’s head, it doesn’t exactly make the family feel loved.Rather, I would expect that those family members would feel more like a burden.

Merriam-Webster defines “longing” as “a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain;” and “striving” as “to devote serious effort or energy.”

The picture I have of“Duty-Free Love” is that it is not always easy – there is striving; serious effort and energy, but that striving is based on a wish with one’s whole heart to serve others and make their life more comfortable and complete in the process.So if you think that working those extra hours at work and then coming home to complain about them is going to elicit a response of love in return, think again.Love is not an obligation or a duty.Love is a longing and a desire to see fulfillment, comfort, and security as the response from those you love. lgboyd

I John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Offer It Up October 26th

Hebrews 11:1-12

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.

By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's. Through this he was attested to be righteous, God bearing witness to his gifts, and through this, though dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and "he was found no more because God had taken him." Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen, with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household. Through this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.

By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God.

By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age--and Sarah herself was sterile--for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.

God has invited us, with the fullness of His love, to receive us into His company, His presence, His life. As we accept this invitation, we do so with and by our faith in Him. To do that, we must give of ourselves fully just as He gave His Son to us, fully and completely; we must follow and be obedient to His will.

So how do we do that? What do we give in return for this fullness of Love and Faith He has given us? It is our faith in Him that we can give back so that it may continue to grow. Seeing as how our free will is gift from God, how can our faith not be then considered gift? We choose to have faith or not. So with that argument, faith is a gift from God, ‘infused by the Holy Spirit… man must have the grace of God to move and assist him.’ (CCC, 153)

So with grace, we can have more faith. And with that faith, we can have salvation, our ultimate goal. Of course, our salvation is not by faith alone nor works alone as we do not ‘earn’ or stack up ‘award miles’ for when that day comes when we get called to end our earthly life and begin one on our way to His heavenly kingdom. Nor is our faith a faith of individuality—it’s all mine, not yours or anyone else’s faith. As we have said here before, no one gets to heaven on their own and no goes to hell alone—there is community in both.

God is first and last. Everything seen and unseen. Known and unknown. Tangible and not.

Our faith is in what lies between them. db

Offer It Up October 25th

Romans 8:5-6

For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit. The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.

I’m really tired.I don’t feel good today.I’m hungry.I’m thirsty.I have a headache.I don’t feel like doing that.I really need some chocolate.I’m sad.I’m mad.I’m tired of feeling this way.Why do I always have to do the dirty work?I’m bored.I have way too much to do.

I don’t know about you, but when I find myself talking like this, it doesn’t usually help me feel any better or change the circumstances that I am in.When I take the time to step back and assess the situation, I usually see that I am living according to the flesh.It’s me- it’s all about me.And when it’s all about me, there is little peace in the house.Why?Because I am so focused on the flesh; on what I want, on what I think, on what I feel, it all feels bad.

When we get so focused on the concerns of the flesh, don’t we usually find ourselves thinking things like “Boy, I thought that was just about to kill me” or “Why did you make me do that?”Do we really mean it?Or are we just too focused on the things of the flesh?

So let’s start over --- some days we really are tired, or sick, or hungry, or bored, or in need of some good chocolate.So what should we do?In all practicality, we may need to take a nap, go to bed early, eat something or find something productive to do.Or, maybe we just need to take time out to focus on the things of the spirit.To start, we need to make sure we are standing in the presence of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart.We need to make sure we are not focused on our earthly desires.And then, we need to pray that the Lord will give us the mercy, grace, peace, and desire to focus on the things HE wants us to focus on.In so doing, unexpected blessings begin to change the focus from I…I….I to Thank you…Thank you…Thank you. l.g. boyd

Psalm 24:3-5

Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place?The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely.They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God.

Offer It Up October 24th

Luke 12:57-59

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

Back in my days as a lawyer, I used to attend a lot of mediations to try to settle disputes.It truly is a more Biblical approach to dispute resolution when you think about it.Rather than getting your dander up and seeking “justice” why not try to just talk it out in the presence of someone that doesn’t have a stake in the outcome?And while you are there, why not try a good old-fashioned apology for whatever part you played that led to the conflict and the misunderstanding?Come to think about it, you migh not even need a mediator.Why not just sit down and talk it out?Why not “make an effort to settle the matter on the way?”

Whether the conflict involves a large corporation or a small dispute between two people, most people just want an acknowledgement of wrong-doing and a simple “I’m sorry.”When people take their issues all the way to court and endure the struggles of a lawsuit, they rarely feel justice in the end.What they feel is exhaustion and ongoing anger over having to endure the lawsuit to get to the end result.Scholars in the field of dispute resolution say that when most people are harmed, a simple apology would have gone a long way to resolving the problem.Many who have been wronged have remarked that if the wrongdoer had just apologized and acknowledged the wrongdoing, they would have dropped the lawsuit altogether.Wow!How is that for simplifying life a little.Think of all the people who have taken their case to court when all they needed and wanted was a simple and sincere“I’m sorry.”

As I continue to wander down the road of life, I realize more each day how this principle can be applied to any kind of dispute; be it a simple family squabble or a major business deal gone bad.We all have the capacity to judge for ourselves what is right.To do that, we have to have our “listening” ears wide open so that we can hear that still small voice of God reminding us to do the right thing.

lg boyd

Offer It Up October 23rd

Luke 12:54–56

When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

It’s true we don’t really know from one day to the next what God has planned for us, right? Yet we go about our lives with a set of contingency plans—plans that we have should have at least cleared through Him, anyway—and pray that they have some resemblance to what He has in store for us. We have our jobs, our education, our vocations, even our relationships, all of these are stamped—or at least we think they are—with God’s approval.

What happens when we realize that those plans are not of His making? What happens when the road you’ve been on for so long has reached a dead end? When we wake up and the relationship we’re in has been of our choice, our making, our set of rules, with no input from God? Where is all of this going to get us?

We think we can get out of it on our own because we got into on our own. We look for our own way out since we were the ones who got us in the hole were in now. The hole gets deeper, the way gets longer, the load gets heavier, the pain and misery intensifies. Nope, no thanks. No help needed. I can carry this crushing weight on my own and have my life be empty and meaningless, thank you very much.

Pity, party of one, your table is ready.

Get over yourself already. God did not bring us here to wallow in self-pity and misery. He did not say our lives would be easy, either. He did say they would be worth it. Instead of looking outside for what is wrong with your life, or the world around you, look inside your own life for those things that are right. There is plenty with which to start. Once those things are active outside your heart, the world as you know it will begin to change. db

Offer It Up October 22nd

Living in the present moment is a common theme among spiritual writers of the past and present. It is revealing to quiet oneself and simply be present to God. To be conscious of the gift of breath, to feel the life force of the Spirit filling your being with life.

What life?

Perhaps words are too vague to convey the enormity of the Love that sustains us.

Stillness, emptying the self so that the presence of He who gives and sustains life may be in some way experienced in the silence. Our Blessed Lord, instructed us to go to our room, shut the door, and pray to Our Father in the silence of our hearts.

In our busy world are we willing to make space, reserve time to simply be in the presence of God, completely rapt in His embrace? What is so important in all we attempt to do that can prevent us from being in the presence of love itself? What gifts, abilities, qualities, do we have that God needs? All we have, all we do, all we can be is gift from the Divine Giver. In all we do, all we accomplish, it is for naught if not for the Glory of God.

Grant this day Lord, the grace to see you in all those I encounter, and may peace flow from the love you pour out to us and through us.

Deacon Roland

Offer It Up October 21st

In Memory of John Maynor

Nov. 14, 1927- Oct. 20, 2009

We often figure out way too late what we learn and gain from others. The 'aha moment' when the light finally does come on and you go 'Wow, that's what he was talking about.' Those times when you recall the very instant you shared time with someone and they had your full and undivided attention because whatever it was they were saying or doing, you wanted some of.

John had a great way of giving his life that way. Of imparting his knowledge, of sharing his wisdom, of filling another with his love and warmth and laughter. My life is all the better for it. For sure, I would not be where I am today were it not for the love and direction of my father-in-law, John Maynor.

People liked him and he liked people. No, people loved him and he loved them. I loved him and still do. He knew this life was not about him. And he knew where his life came from and where he was going. Even deeper than his West Virginia roots, (and they are still deep), was his steadfast love and faith in his Savior Jesus Christ. Because of that faith and love, more lives were touched if not enriched by his living example of The Word. That was John-by his witness, leaving the world a better place, a lighter and brighter place, than the way he found it. We should all be such lights in this world.

Well done, John, Daddy, Poppy, friend.

Though your smile and laughter and words may be gone from this world, the love that you left us will stay with us in our hearts.

What a good and faithful servant you have been.

Go rest now in His arms and make for us a place with our Savior so that we may too, some day, share in His glory with you.


Offer It Up October 20th

Romans 4:20-22
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather,
he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

What is it about our lives that we sometimes doubt the power of God? Abraham heard what he was supposed to do, was moments away from carrying it out and ‘gave glory to God and was fully convinced’ God’s promise would be fulfilled for him. ‘Yeah, but that was then and this is now.’We may hear that said or we may even run that through our own self-talk from time to time. Times change, right?

Romans 4:23-25

But it was not for him alone that it was written that it was credited to him; it wasalso for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.

You’re right, you are absolutely right. This IS now. And THIS is also for us as we too are followers and believers and carriers of the cross. We accept this as truth and accept God as Lord and as merciful, forgiving us for our sins and being raised from the dead for our eternal salvation.There is nothing in that that has changed in the last, oh, 2,000 plus years. Unfortunately, it’s the ‘we’ and not Him that have been doing the changing, and all of it is stuff He’s not happy with.

Through The Word—and Jesus Christ is The Word—we are nourished in our faith. That is exactly how it is was, that is exactly how it is today and that is exactly how it will be tomorrow. Trusting in His Providence.


Offer It Up October 19th

Romans 4:20-25
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather,
he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do.

That is why it was credited to him as rightousness.

But it was not for him alone that it was written that it was credited to him; it was also for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.

IfChrist Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that if we expect to please Him and receive an abundance of His graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through His most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight.

Many, many times I have perceived this through experience. The Lord has told it to me. I have definitely seen that we must enter by this gate if we wish His Sovereign Majesty to reveal to us great and hidden mysteries. A person should desire no other path, even if he is at the summit of contemplation; on this road he walks safely. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example.

What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, He will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves Him and always keeps Him near. Let us consider the glorious Saint Paul: it seems that no other name fell from his lips than that of Jesus, because the name of Jesus was fixed and embedded in his heart. Once I had come to understand this truth, I carefully considered the lives of some of the saints, the great contemplatives, and found that they took no other path: Francis, Anthony of Padua, Bernard, Catherine of Siena. A person must walk along this path in freedom, placing himself in God's hands. If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares His secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.

Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of His love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him. For if at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing His love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.

St. Teresa of Jesus | The Divine Office, Vol. 4, Ordinary Time, weeks 18-34, pp 1783-4

Offer It Up October 18th

Luke 17:30-31

So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, a person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left behind.

Prayer is that communication or exchange with God that happens through the way we live, be it vocal, through our hearts, or even just in how we offer up the workings and trappings of everyday life. Yup, we hear about that we should ‘pray always’ and that it is not at all bad practice. But how do we get there from here? Pray all the time? Is it even possible? If we think about all the things we do, where we are and what we are doing all day, how is it that we can even assume to pray?

Why not?

If you consider that whatever it is that we do when we give it to God first, in thanksgiving and in praise is prayer, the mere actions then become prayer. Regardless of the words, what is expressed in our delivery—our active desire—is what is communicated as prayer. Whether our active desire is in response to prosperity or when we are depths of grief or even sin, we as Christians persevere in prayer. Through perseverance and discipline, we continue our prayerful ways… some more than others.

St. Teresa of Avila said it this way: “For although we are always in the presence of God, it seems to me that those who practice prayer are especially so, because they can see all the time that God is looking at them; whereas others may be in the Lord’s presence for several days without ever remembering that God can see them”.

There are as many ways to pray as there are stars in God’s universe. And they are all as uniquely beautiful. Some of the prayers are as well known, if not more so, as some of those stars. Recited from memory, or mechanically at a meal, prayer can and will lead to a closer bond with God.

Private or in a congregation. Aloud or in our heart or soul. The Lord’s Prayer or one that you just made up. However it is done, we all approach Him with humility and thankfulness and in faith. He will respond with His Love and open arms, bringing us closer to Him, preparing our home with Him eternally. db

Offer It Up October 17th

Imitate and follow Christ

Luke 12:8-12
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

Not a day passes that we are given an opportunity to be an example of what God wants us to be. These opportunities are not to be overlooked; they can be done in front of others for recognition or as ones to be done when no one is looking. Living The Word is seen by everyone; by those who believe as well as those who don’t. Our test of character and of faith happens when we choose to do what is right when we are the only set of eyes around. Well, besides God’s.

The depth of our relationship with God depends on how much time—opportunities— we choose to spend with Him. Ask yourself this: is your testimony accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of your common day world? Or do you make your witness just on Sundays for an hour or so at church? If your time is constrained so much that Sundays are all you have, then your time needs to be unconstrained. Your opportunities need to be better recognized, and if not that, get better glasses or your eyes, your heart-eyes, examined to find more opportunities.

There are as many opportunities out there as there the gifts He has given us. And with those gifts, of time, talent and treasure; of free will, of Love, of Grace, of Mercy, we should find ample time to give some of what He has given us, back to others through Him. db

Ephesians 5:1-2

So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

Offer It Up October 16th

Galatians 2:19-20

I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.

Fight or flight. The choice that happens from time to time or more often than we sometimes care to handle. The questions that we ask or that come at us are something like these: Is this the hill to fight for? Am I going to fall on my sword for this? Do I really want to invest the time and energy to do this? In the grand scheme of things, how is this really going to matter in the next 24 hours? Sometimes the answers to the questions lie within whom one chooses to listen. Or at least where they go, or not go, to get their answers.

If we choose to leave, to take flight, nothing will really change and we know it. And if we choose to stay, to stand ground and fight, there is no guarantee that anything will change yet we at least did our part. It is true that there are battles to walk away from. It takes just as much courage to acknowledge that as it does to stay and finish one. It’s the stuff in between that makes the difference. The discernment. The prayer. The faith.

You may never know for sure the absolute answer in a given situation yet if you go to God in prayer and in faith, you will have given it at least a fairer and legitimate opportunity for success… or not. It may take sacrifice—chances are really good it will. And some pain may very well be involved, in either case of fight or flight. Regardless of the outcome, that you did it with God and in prayer, you will at the very least, not have done it alone.

Remember it is not the circumstances or our surroundings that need to change first, but ourselves. You’d be surprised to see how the world looks once that starts to happen. db

John 15:4-5

“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

Offer It Up October 15th

1 John 3:2

Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Travel light.

These days, airlines are charging their passengers for their luggage they take with them on their trips. And if you check more than two pieces, the prices get even steeper. And if that is not enough, they also get in your wallet even more if the luggage is over a certain weight. Who doesn’t go on a vacation or a trip and not come back with more than what you left with? Of course you do. More trips, more stuff to take home. Might be that if you buy your tickets right, you could get your luggage a seat on the plane cheaper than you could get it stowed in the baggage compartment… aaah, probably not. There could be a message here that we may already have enough ‘stuff’ to carry or enough ‘stuff’ at home to deal with. To save some money, we think about traveling lighter.

Every day, we get to pack our own luggage to take with us on our daily journey. From the moment we get that gift of waking up to the blessing of closing our eyes in sleep, we choose what we take with us in between. Will it be the light from the start of the day or the darkness of clouds of disappointment? Will we pick up our neighbor in need or pass by in a hurry too busy to lend a hand? Will the weight of a fragmented family life be on your heart all day or will you lay it at the foot of the Cross and give it and all your heart and troubles to Him?

God gave us The Word in His Son. And through His Son, that Word was made flesh and lived. We can choose to live as He did. Or pack a heavier bag for yet another day. He has given us the gift of free will-travel light.

Better still, travel in the Light. db

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

Offer It Up October 14th

Luke 11:42-46
The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

When I first read this Gospel passage, I thought, am I glad that I’m not one of ‘those’ Pharisees or even one of ‘those’ scholars that Jesus was talking about. In this chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus says “woe” to them six times… kind of like He really means it. I thought again, (and that’s where I usually get into trouble), that as I distanced myself from those Pharisees, the reality became clear that I was doing exactly what St. Paul tells us not to do. I could see the beginning of St. Paul’s message to the Romans was meant for me. “You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.”

Does he somehow mean me? Is he really talking to me?

I don’t know about you, and here I go being honest with myself again, “Yes, both Jesus and St. Paul were speaking directly to me.” Oh no. What kind of Pharisee am I? How judgmental am I with my co-workers? To strangers I meet at the grocery store, or at the gas station, or even at Church? Or even better, how judgmental am I of the people I know closely, my friends? How judgmental am I of my own family? Why do I find myself comparing my life to others when I don’t even know what their journey is all about?

Yeah, but God, you know they have done this to me or have said this about me. But, as St. Paul reminds me, “By the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself.” I condemn myself! Do any of us think about that when we freely dole out judgment to others? Do we understand that we condemn ourselves to the same judgment? This sounds to me like “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We shouldn’t want to give the impression of being holier than the next person, but rather a sinner, one who somehow has received God’s good grace.

For by making ourselves judges, we make ourselves God, for God is the judge, not us. And aren’t we are called to be witnesses to our faith, not judges of others? For the truth is that we will not escape God’s judgment. But because of His mercy for us, we should not look at His mercy for others as uncalled for, for then it may be assumed that we “hold His priceless kindness, forbearance and patience for others and ourselves in low esteem.”On the contrary, I believe all of us here today are in awe of the mercy that God has given us and that His judgment of us, we pray, will be through the eyes of one filled with mercy and compassion.

Lord, help me to be open to your grace to live each day in such a way that when that hour comes that I meet you face to face, I will rejoice in your merciful judgment of me, a sinner, and never cease giving you praise.

Deacon jim

Offer It Up October 13th

James 1:1-12

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it.

But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.

The brother in lowly circumstances should take pride in his high standing, and the rich one in his lowliness, for he will pass away "like the flower of the field." For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, its flower droops, and the beauty of its appearance vanishes. So will the rich person fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him

What keeps you coming back? What keeps you wanting more? What is it about our faith that says we never have enough? Even through the trials, we continue to persevere, hold on and look for God’s grace to sustain us. And even when the times are good, we still find ourselves looking for another way to share God’s kingdom.

There is way too much going on today that can keep us from realizing the glorious works of God. It doesn’t take much to recognize how our lives have been overrun by the advances in electronics and communication in recent years. We want to slow it all down, if not for just a little while any way. We find ourselves asking the questions from ages ago but now they come back with a bit more sense and meaning—‘What am I here for?’ ‘What purpose does God have for me?’ ‘What am I called to do?’

The answers to those questions won’t be found here. Through prayer, discernment, time and work will God make those answers clear. However, there is obviously a hunger for something more. With all the success and all the accomplishments on one side and with all the pain and sin and grief on the other, we find that God has still been with us and still offers us His Love. His Love fills that emptiness, that void, like nothing else can or will. With our faith, comes His peace. With His peace, comes more faith. More hunger. More Truth. More God.


Offer It Up October 12th

Luke 11:29-32

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

We often get warning signs, stop signs, precautions, indications, diagnoses—those things to tell us we should be doing something else besides what we are doing at the current time. Sometimes they are more clearly defined for us than others. Sometimes they are as every day simple as the dividing lines on the street or chained-up, rabid dog—you don’t want to cross either one.

God sent His Son to us so that we may better understand those every day signs and know what to do with them. Yes, those are easy enough to grasp so we move on until such time that our lives need Him… and then what? The same we are transformed in safety through our understanding of those signs, we can be transformed into the safety of God’s love and grace by accepting His gift of life of living in His Light and Holiness. Though we can choose to cross the lines, run the stop signs, or even choose to go against His will, that won’t change the way He will still love us.

Though God’s love for us won’t change, we can. It is that conversion and transformation that happens to us and with us as we choose to stay within those boundaries, those guidelines, those commandments, and follow what He has for us on our journey with Him. A renewal if you will, of those promises made throughout the years in baptism, in reconciliation, in marriage… and in prayer every day. db

Offer It Up October 11th

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, ...

He shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 14:26

Doing the grunt work is not always fun, but it can be.Maybe I’m a little strange, but I like the idea of team work; everybody pitching in to do whatever it takes to get a job done.I find great joy in that…most of the time.Every once in a while, doing the grunt work is about as much fun as eating cardboard.

Sometimes it is not just the physical grunt work that becomes labor intensive and hard to swallow, it is the grunt work of relationships.He didn’t understand what she said, so she has to explain it again.She didn’t understand what he wanted or needed, so he has to ask for it a second time.Sometimes one of us gets it but the other one doesn’t.

Sometimes we have to take one step back to be able to take two steps forward so that everyone is on the same page.Can that be frustrating?Can we sometimes get impatient and want to say “Let’s just get on with it already?”Absolutely.

And through all of the dancing around that we do to avoid the grunt work and the complaining we do about how awful it is, God is there asking us to just stay the course.God does not expect perfection from us, just a sincere desire and an open heart to complete the task set before us.l.g.boyd

Offer It Up October 10th

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being loved, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being extolled, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being honored, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being praised, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being preferred, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being consulted, deliver me Jesus

From the desire of being approved, deliver me Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being despised, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being wronged, deliver me Jesus

From the fear of being suspected, deliver me Jesus

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it

That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Offer It Up October 9th

As the day begins I acknowledge with gratitude the wonder of all creation and life given anew.

I place my trust in you O God, in the realization that in your love which is beyond my understanding you create anew, moment by moment.

Hear the prayer of my heart as I become conscious this morning of this moment in time, and open my eyes, my heart to all you are in every moment of life itself. May each encounter this day bring new awareness of your presence in all you reveal.

Pour out your grace that I might see with growing clarity that you truly have created man and woman in your image. In your mercy forgive me in my repeated failures to be the loving person you created me to be, and let the light of your truth lead me to the truth of your love and the path to true holiness. May each breath be a reminder of your steadfast Love.

Thank you dear Lord for those whom you place in my life each day who are truly signs of your boundless love. Bless them abundantly with your grace, and give them always clarity of vision and the strength and courage to follow you.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever. Amen.


Offer It Up October 8th

Isaiah 43:1-5

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in return for you. Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you, I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; from the east I will bring back your descendants, from the west I will gather you.

We are called by God to serve Him and we choose to answer that call. It is a gift from Him that we have that call and that we have that choice. We are all called in various ways to carry out His will and to share in His mission. By doing so, we are changed-transformed-and those that we share our faith with are also impacted by the way we live our beliefs. In a broad sense, the very way we live, play, work and pray is in fact a ministry, our service, in bringing about God’s plan for us and for His Church.

Though we are all ‘gifted’ by God and chosen by Him, the gifts we all share are unique and special to us only. Some may have a talent in an area that others don’t. There will be those that have time throughout the week when some have only one day a month. Some will be at daily mass and Adoration every time the doors are open; there are those that can be there only when they have enough gas left in the car at the end of the week for an extra trip. Some give monetarily; some give sweat equity.

These people are not unlike you and I as we too are called into His service and discipleship. What they all give is the same as it comes from within the depths of their hearts with the commitment and passion to fully embrace the mystery and power of God’s love for them, while having God at the center of their lives. What they live out in their lives is an example for all to follow just as we should—and can—do. db

Offer It Up October 7th

Isaiah 12:1-2

On that day, you will say: I give you thanks, O LORD; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior.

You will face a challenge or two or more today. The level of which they impact you is yet to be determined. Call them choices or decisions or challenges, there will be some. The choosing part or deciding could be the easiest part of the equation—how you respond to the challenges God has for you today is what will make all the difference in the world not only to you but to all around you.

There will be lessons to learn for us all in the things we set out to do, the things we happen upon and the people that come into our lives. They may not seem important or even significant at this time but for all of God’s plans, they are both significant and important… we just don’t know the magnitude of either just yet. With this in our hearts and minds, we don’t need to get caught up in the ‘watch me’ mode and see what I am doing. We just need to be the best representation of our beliefs and faith we can be.

We choose to accept the challenges God has for us and be His true followers. We take the good with the bad. We pray for His guidance and know that He will answer us. And in the mean time, we live our lives according to His will. We stop passing judgment. We quit complaining with our mouths full. We leave the negativity in the dark room. (Are they still around?) Instead of your own ‘Pity, party of one’, throw a celebration for kindness and compassion.

It is all providential. There is a much larger picture than we can ever see on this earth. And He protects us from that vision—as beautiful as it is, we could not bear to see it here. Until such time we do in His heavens, let us all do our part of living in the Light of His Mercy and Grace. db

Offer It Up October 6th

Philippians 4:11-14

Not that I say this because of need, for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient.

I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.

How sure are you that for every time you pick yourself back up—or that He helps you get back on your feet—God will be the one to dust you off and help you back on your way? Think of the countless times you have gone the wrong way or the mistakes you’ve made or even the sins that have come into your life. There have been so many in mine, mistakes, wrong ways and sins included, suffice to say God is indeed a gracious, loving and forgiving God. (That, and a huge sense of humor.)

There have been too many ‘God, I promise, if you get me out of this…’, and too many times of short tempers lost at doing something incorrectly or getting lost on a trip. All for what? To prove my independence? To “show” Him I needed Him only when I was unable to do it on my own? He knows better and wants us to know better too.

As He is, has and always will be, He is our God of second chances. Perhaps even third and fourth and fifth chances. He wants us to do His Will and in doing so, do it His Way, not ours. No matter how long it takes... provided we seek His forgiveness and love in reconciliation. And even then He still loves us as we come crawling, running, stumbling back to Him. He loves us because He is God, not because of who we are or what we have done.

As for what we have to look forward to, He knows better than we do. And as for where we have been, those places and things we should not have had in our lives, He knows that too and wants us to let that be His to have and forgive us for. How much longer do want to have that burden as your own? That family feud that won’t heal. That relationship that needs your support. Maybe it’s time to slow down and devote more time to prayer. It just has to start somewhere with the willingness to do better. God will be there to bring you along even if you are not so sure of the way—He is.

What more do you need to know? db

Offer It Up October 5th

Happy Anniversary Linda!

1 John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.

No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

There are those things shared and known in a relationship, particularly a marriage, which cannot be learned or taught. Those things are inexplicably just a part of the intimacy of the love that is woven throughout the minutes, hours, days and years spent together. As their love goes, these things can be the Love God has for each of them as they grow deeper in their love for Him.

Early on, in the newness of life together, there are those close signs of love that bring the hearts closer together as the hearts bind as one. With maturity and God’s grace, His Love becomes more of their lives and their lives become more of His. Maybe a family is started. Maybe a career. Maybe both but all will be done in His way.

That’s the start and the hope. Fast forward to the years beyond the newness and dreams. Beyond the joys of child birth and child-raising. Trudge through the trash and garbage and misery and pain of shattered dreams and broken promises. Look about and around for signs of hope. Signs of faith. Of commitment. And you find that sign has been there all along in the guise of your spouse. Steady as Gibraltar. Iron-strong. Never leaving your side. It’s that love that was there in the beginning, only now stronger and deeper, fashioned more with God’s hands now.

Some 25 years ago, our lives began this journey we are now sharing as one. She may say it is only our 24th anniversary—technically, so be it—but God put us our paths well before then. 24 or 25, right or wrong, it is not so much about the years but where we are now and how she brought us here with God at the center of everything she did. And it's getting even better. Wow. God is so good.

She is my wife and I love her immensely.

God has blessed me more than I deserve.

I would do well to be attentive to Him… and to her.

I love you, Linda.

Happy Anniversary.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Offer It Up October 4th

Luke 12:22-25

"He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan?"

What gets in the way of our own progress? I find that it is usually myself that is hindering any sort of steps toward a positive direction on any given condition of need. A bit of pride. A bit of ego. A bit of pity. All of this and probably more closes me off to what God has ready for me to learn. Though I am not quite ready to be in the learning mode, He has other things in mind.

It might be that way for some of us, if not all, when we bump our heads against ‘immovable objects’ like conceit, self-importance, and selfishness as we go about our living journey of faith with God. We shut ourselves out and off from the truth and light of God’s love for us when we live a ‘me first’ type of life. Though it may bring a quick sense of fulfillment and satisfaction, it can only end in emptiness and shame and the pain that goes with it.

Living to be more like Jesus and trusting in God’s will, we humble ourselves and accept His invitation to have Him in our lives. We become eternally His as long as we submit to that call. What better invitation is there? db

Offer It Up October 3rd

1 John 4:15-16

Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

Being baptized, we are enlisted in the call to do service in the work of God’s army. Whatever He asks, we are to do. All from the cleansing we receive from our baptism. A small price to pay for salvation, don’t you think? Call it a ministry, call it a vocation, call it a calling. Just know that from that point of purification, we have been chosen to fill a role He has for us.

In return for His grace, we give him our love. A type love that cannot be described by the world’s terms. It goes-it should go-beyond all we can fathom or comprehend in a material, physical, emotional love. A love that is limitless, boundless and inexhaustible; It itself cannot be captured in words either. Yet we are often afraid to think of loving Him beyond what we can understand. Or really having Him love us more than humanly possible. Ponder on that for awhile… how beautiful His love is for us.

1 John 4:17

In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.

But through the mystery of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it becomes possible. We don’t have to understand it. We really don’t even have to fully grasp it. We just have to believe it can be done. That’s our call for and from being baptized. His Love for us and our Love for Him.

Dare to Love Him more. db

Offer It Up October 2nd

Luke 9:18-21

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

They said in reply, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, 'One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'"

Then he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter said in reply, "The Messiah of God."

He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

What’s on your plate today? A meeting or two? Selling a house? Hard work? Yard work? Looking for work? Taking it easy? Or taking on more than you should? Or want to?

It’s all a choice you know. It really is. Whatever it is that we have going on today or any day is what we choose to give to God in prayer and thanksgiving. He brought us to this moment and He has a plan for us to bring us through it, painful or not, good or not so good. Regardless of how busy-or unbusy-you might be. And in His plan, He provides for us our own growth in our faith in Him through helping others. It’s great how it works out that way.

All with and through His love. His grace. His mercy. His power. His healing.

Someone asked in conversation why it was that they were the one that always had to be first to offer the ‘peace pipe’ or take the first step toward reconciliation in a relationship. It would take more time, they were busy…

‘Why not you?’ was the response. ‘Who better then to make it happen?’

‘Touché’, he said.

God chooses and uses us for the good of us all. Bring your meetings, your work, your looking for work, your rest to Him. Bring your choices, your tasks, your relationships to Him. Better yet, start including Him even before you have the thought of bringing them to Him. It’s a heck of time saver. And a life saver too.


Offer It Up October 1st

Happy Birthday Johnny!

2 Corinthians 9:6-12

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written: "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.

The Gift of One's Perspective

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it. In his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Submitted by m. m