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A thankful attitude helps us appreciate our blessings Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Sometimes we appreciate more fully what we have when we see what others don’t have; yet, they are more thankful than us who have much more.

Matt Hasselbeck learned this the hard way. He was a Boston College sophomore who was going nowhere in football. Worse yet, he got in his coaches’ doghouse when he volunteered for the missions in Jamaica during spring break.

Gratitude amidst poverty

When Matt saw the poverty in the missions, he experienced cultural shock. At a prayer meeting, he heard someone enthusiastically thank God for his blessings. The person was George McVee, a leper who was so disfigured that Matt avoided him. He wondered what George had to be thankful for. He had no money, nose, feet, or hands; yet, he was thankful. His gratitude helped Matt to appreciate his cornucopia of blessings.

Reduction to a ‘singleton’ baby Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In my capacity as theologian, teacher, and culture commentator, I've been reading articles on ethical matters for years and have grown relatively inured to the expression of even the most outrageous points of view.

But a few years ago, I came across a piece that was so shocking that I was compelled, as I read it, to put the magazine down several times and just shake my head in disbelief.

‘Reducing’ a pregnancy

It was an article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine called "The Two Minus One Pregnancy," dealing with the phenomenon of "reducing" (love the Orwellian language) a pregnancy from two children to one.

How a sandwich taught me to trust in Jesus Print E-mail
On His Time
Written by Kevin Wondrash   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Last month and for the second year in a row, I went on a private retreat. Basically, I took some time off from everything in my life, spent a weekend at an area retreat center, and used my self-imposed “free time” to pray, read, reflect, (and sometimes nap!).

Also for the second year in a row, I used the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley as my "guide" on the retreat.

Father Gaitley takes the reader on a journey reflecting on Christ’s passion and the devotion to Divine Mercy brought to the Church by St. Faustina Kowalska.

The most enduring illustration of the devotion is the Divine Mercy Image, which contains the words "Jesus, I Trust in You."