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   MeiDei  "A few year s ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush to catch the plane home, and with tickets and briefcases in hand, one of the men accidentally kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or even looking back, they all managed to reach their plane in time for their "nearly missed" boarding. All but one! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, and told one of them to call his wife when they arrived home and explain his taking a later flight.
Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The girl with the apple cart was 16 years old, and was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration as she helplessly groped for her spilled produce. The crowd swirled around her with no one stopping to help, or even to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl: "Here, please take this $50 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with: "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly." As the salesman walked away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him: "Mister..." He paused and turned to look back into those sightless eyes. She continued: "Are you Jesus?"

He stopped in mid-stride...and he wondered. He went back and softly said "No, I am nothing like Jesus - He is good, kind, caring, loving and would never have bumped into your display in the first place. The girl gently nodded, and said "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me. Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister." Then, slowly, he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul. "Are you Jesus?" Do people mistake us for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and
February 19 at 16:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  CONT'D: going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye, even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit".
February 19 at 16:28 EST .

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   Surfhut  Amen, sister.
Saturday at 10:30 EST .




   Timber Queen  Happy Lent to my fellow Catholic Ldotters. Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I'm giving up smoking. I'm expecting lots of spiritual challenges to my willful self as I reflect on the psychological need smoking fills and giving that need to Christ. What are you giving up for Lent this year?
February 17 at 22:05 EST .

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   Straitpath  Before I came to this site I asked a question on The Lobby. Should have come here first. Would love all experiences regarding Lent and how the whole event is celebrated.
February 19 at 00:44 EST .

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   Timber Queen  As Lacta already shared, the forty days is in imitation of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert just before starting His public ministry. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday by observing a day of fasting and abstaining from meat, as well as receiving the ashes to remind us of our mortality. Sunday’s during Lent are excluded from the 40 days, as the Lord’s Day is a day for glory, worship, and joy, not fasting and penance. Lent is a time to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our vices into virtues. Catholics are called to focus on three main spiritual exercises during Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity ). Fasting often takes the form of “giving up” something you either enjoy or is a bad habit. Besides something temporal it’s also good to fast from interior things like anger, frustration, or holding grudges. There are many devotional aids available with a daily Scriptural meditation, prayer, and a penance for the day to offer for personal sins or the sins of the whole world. A sample penance would be, “Do something kind for someone who does not like you.” As part of our fasting, on Fridays during Lent we abstain from meat. On Fridays most Catholic churches offer a devotion known as The Stations of the Cross where we follow Jesus through His persecution, passion, and death. Beginning with His condemnation to the cross by Pilot, we follow fourteen stations (episodes ) along the road to Calvary, His death and burial. We become intimate with the price He paid for our redemption. Lent ends on Holy Thursday night at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Sacred Triduum (three days ) including Good Friday, Holy Saturday evening/Easter morning. I am a certified catechist. My email is available for more information. God bless and a happy Lent!
February 19 at 22:58 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  waiting for an update on JOLLY ?
February 9 at 05:15 EST .

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   Papasparky  Thanks EC, and all others who are keeping Jolly before the The Lord.

I email Jolly and his wife every other day or so just to help them remember they have friends everywhere.

I can't imagine what the chemo and radiation for his condition would do to your daily routines so I'm not alarmed about their temporary disappearance -- I'm sure "Mrs. Jolly" will check in when she is able -- Jolly thanked me and by extension, all of us, just before he started treatment.

I will post the good news here, as I receive it . . .
February 14 at 10:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  The power of the Holy Spirit, living and breathing in and among so many people who have never met in the physical world fills me with awe. And joy. And hope. Ldotters from New York, New England, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and who knows where else are here, praying for each other. Beautiful.
February 8 at 11:44 EST .

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   Phooey  Surfie, you unashamedly bear your soul for the world to see.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se
arch=1+Corinthians+13


Surfie, someday you will hear these words:
"Well done, good and faithful servant!"
February 8 at 22:31 EST .

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   Surfhut  Remember praying for my oldest and dearest friend Karen when she had an 18-hour surgery to remove a softball-size brain tumor? It took a long while, but she came back. Full speed. Last week, she had trouble waking up. When she did, her speech was garbled. She recognized it (good thing ). Long story short, her brain has begun to swell around the itty bit of tumor they could not remove because it is wrapped around her carotid artery. She is in the best of medical hands. I now request that you place her in the best of faith warrior hands. Please pray for Karen Sue.
February 7 at 11:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Done, keep us posted.
February 7 at 11:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  Here also, Surf.
February 7 at 12:05 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up.
February 7 at 12:13 EST .

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   Phooey  "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

We have a quorum.
February 7 at 13:08 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  More Florida prayers on the way, thanks Phooey, Gram will join us I am sure.
February 7 at 14:00 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Prayers from New York.
February 7 at 14:02 EST .

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   Gram77  Gram is on board.
February 7 at 14:31 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thank you, friends. It comforts me greatly to know you are praying for Karen.
February 8 at 11:36 EST .

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   Tulsa  I'm praying for Karen Sue.
February 12 at 08:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  Continued prayers for all - please keep us informed i.e., parents in hospital, etc.
January 27 at 22:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have also been wondering how lacta's parents are doing. Hagar is putting one foot in front of the other and anxious to see the doctor Thursday-many questions, new problems to address.
January 28 at 08:24 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Sorry I haven't been more timely with updates. Here goes. Dad is in a re-hab hospital that can also perform dialysis. He's doing OK, but has had a couple of non-kidney related setbacks due to his own stubborness. His first Saturday there, he tried to get out of his wheelchair by himself, fell and fractured his left hip. Need to have 2 pins inserted to stabilize the hip. He's just now getting to the point where can bear weight on his left leg again.

Mom is in a different re-hab hospital now. 3 days ago she was discharged from NY Presbyterian after having a major portion of her descending aorta replaced with a Dacron "hose". So far she's been hospitalized since Dec 28 and has endured wicked pain for months before that, and a whole bunch of post-op pain. But she's made it well past the worst of it, and I'm hoping she's home by her 79th birthday, Feb. 23.

I thank all of you dear hearts for your continued prayers. Things would not be as positive as they are without them.
January 30 at 19:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  EC's husband? Mags? Bird's friend with the tropical plants?
February 6 at 00:22 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  EC's DH is mending but still can't start PT. His pc wouldn't take his DVD Chessmaster game so we downloaded from the internet, it infected both E Machines. My monitor flickers, so we ended up with a new monitor and I got the old tower out of the closet. My new machine should be ready in a few more days, and the E's are being cleaned. What a dern mess, but he can play chess on the tower. Since they have 3 of our machines, they let us borrow this laptop, it has Vista and I don't have a clue and can't do my banking and bills. Shiloh had his surgery yesterday and the Beaglie is doing fine
February 6 at 06:49 EST .

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   Surfhut  Everyone here remains in my prayers, as well.
February 8 at 11:37 EST .

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   Papasparky  Thank you all for your awe inspiring response to my request for Prayers for Jolly, I'll say it again -- Ldotters are the greatest people on earth!

Abe Lincoln had it right, "this nation must not perish from the earth".

I will tell Jolly of this at the appropriate time and I'm sure it will buoy his spirits greatly.

Thanks Again,
papasparky

   January 19 at 11:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm late to the prayer request. Jolly is in my prayers.
January 24 at 10:06 EST .

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   HereIstand  I also will pray for Jolly. And I too think L.dotters are the best of the best. I see the same core group of names time and again on the Connection. How kind and generous you all are!
January 24 at 22:36 EST .

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   Papasparky  Prayers needed. One of my best email buddies, one of the "old geezers" that I sometimes mention, has come to a rough spot in the road.

He recently had a malignant brain tumor removed, and begins chemo and radiation tomorrow. His (very appropriate ) first name is Jolly and he needs our prayers to get by this spot of repairs in his life's road.

He is one of us -- old timers who are doing what we can to repair the broken rudder on our ship of state before it's too late, and through faith, we believe this is not yet his time to go Home.

Please join me and all his friends in asking God to allow him to continue the great effort to save our beloved nation

Heart felt thanks to all you Ldotters -- you are the greatest.

papasparky
January 18 at 09:32 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  I will lift Jolly up before the Lord.
January 18 at 10:39 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Sparky, count me in for the prayers! I am also lighting a candle (It is my way ) hoping the Holy Spirit will give Jolly the courage he will need in the coming days of treatment.
Add to that a little prayer for you--a good and caring friend Jolly is lucky to have.
January 18 at 12:43 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up for Jolly. May God's Blessings be on you all.
January 18 at 12:59 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Ditto to all above, praying for the Healing Power of the Holy Spirit. This is the third poster that is fighting a brain tumor and we have a few gals fighting breast cancer, may our Warriors prevail with our Loving Lord and allow them to stay with us.
January 18 at 13:10 EST .

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   Gram77  May God guide the way and I pray that Jolly will safely continue on the path of recovery.
January 18 at 15:13 EST .

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   Tulsa  I join you all in prayers for Jolly.
Thank you Escaped C. for the reminder of others in need of prayer also.
January 18 at 23:28 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  OK Prayer Warriors, you are needed again. Mom was taken down to NY Presbyterian, and another anyerism has been found. She will be having open chest surgery on 1/6/15 to repair it. High risk surgery on a high risk patient. Please pray for Mom and her surgical team. Love, Dom
December 30 at 11:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We will be praying alot for your mother and her surgical team...and of course your family.
December 30 at 12:31 EST .

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   Gram77  For sure here are prayers for Mom, You and Doctors.
December 30 at 13:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Will continue in prayer for her. To put your mind at ease, my mother at age 80 had the same operation for the same aneurism & survived for many years after. Today the surgery is less invasive than 20 years ago, it was explained to me late last year as I have the same condition. Years ago it was a 9-hr procedure, today it's much more micro surgery - less invasive, less hours on the table. All surgery is a risk, so I'm not making light of it. I will keep all in my prayers. It's certainly been a year of upheavals hasn't it. Here's to a happier New Year.
December 30 at 20:14 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Thanks again you dear hearts.
December 31 at 04:06 EST .

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   Surfhut  Prayers from your dear Sister Surfie. You and your family are much loved.
January 1 at 09:02 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up Iacta . . . may God be with you and yours.
January 1 at 20:01 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Will be thinking of and praying for your Mum for tomorrow Iacta . . . God's Blessings on you all.
January 5 at 16:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We are here among the warriors. Be strong.
January 6 at 07:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  "Learn to Trust the Journey, Even When You Do Not Understand It."
December 30 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gram77  This reminds me of a plaque over the door of a very special place....."God takes you to places you never intended to go."
December 30 at 13:53 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Oh, Gram I like that one also.
December 31 at 08:06 EST .

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   Surfhut  Psalm 23. I would have become completely lost many decades ago without this beautiful scripture. For me, this is about turning my life over to a God who loves me and wants His best for me. I often don't understand the twists and turns of my life as they are occurring. Hindsight is 20/20. God is always right, if you give Him control, ask for wisdom, and take responsibility for living what you know in your heart He is leading you to. Easier said than done.
January 1 at 09:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Acceptance precedes understanding - acceptance doesn't mean you have to like it, just accept it & trust. As Surf said, 'easier said then done' - sometimes you get to climb the mountain just so far & then just trod along in the same circle 'til you step aside & take a rest lest you make your own rut.
January 4 at 08:48 EST .

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