HAPPY 4th OF JULY

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For me, it is truly an honor to live in America.  I am a benefit of D-Day and thank my celestial parents for my French-American heritage.  The American Spirit is celebrated in many different traditions – the beauty of the melting pot of all our emigrant families and ancestors.  I hope you enjoy this special day with joy and good pride.  America, the land of the free and home of the brave.

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“Bold Stripes, bright stars, brave hearts!” — Diana Manning

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.  –Charles de Gaulle

“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes.  As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.”  –Joe Barton

…I salute you my Papa for your loyal service in WWII and Vietnam…

 

INFORMATION HIGHWAY

Illustration by Nicolas Castell

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Not by chance did I find this illustration of today’s man or woman made by Nicolas Castell, pop artist for children books, comics and music band.  We are, the information highway.  Whether on a local or global level, the way we each communicate with others impacts our well-being or not.  Freedom of speech supports articulating opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation or legal sanction.  This inalienable gift from God can effect good change in society while censorship of free speech erodes the free will of each person.

One positive way to insure freedom of speech is to speak with kindness.  Kind words attract good-heartedness and inspire motivation, patience and charity.  Listening to others is also very important in this equation.

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“It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice (kinder).”  –John Templeton

…it is good to make someone’s day a little kinder…

 

ORDINARY IS EXTRAORDINARY

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July ushers ordinary time outside of Advent and Lent.  The weather trends warmer, invites reflection and relaxation away from work.

“Happy the man who has filled his quiver” (Psalm 127) with arrows of good thoughts, with solid convictions based on faith, that nourishes one’s intelligence and fortifies one’s heart.”  –Fr. Jacques Philippe, Community of the Beatitudes

Ordinary time is like ‘summer school.”  There, we are encouraged to do everything ordinary with extraordinary passion and love.

Rabboni, give us a teaching moment in every ordinary day.

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”  –Sam Keen

FAMOUS PARTING WORDS

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A historical anecdote for the 4th of July…from the 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac, Yankee Publishing Inc.

“Fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826, Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.  Jefferson hoped “that he might breathe the air of the 50th anniversary, while Adams died after Jefferson.  According to tradition, “Thomas Jefferson survives, “unaware of the fact that his longtime friend had just passed away.”

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…”  –Declaration of Independence

May God Bless America, and may God Bless You!

 

SHARING CONVERSATIONS

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I’d like to share two conversations that ensued from a post I wrote about “Words are Profound.”  They came from dear ones, Kamal (Boundlessblessings.blog)  and Amira (bodyandsoulnourishmentblog).

Kamal:  “Rumi was only for God.  And that is what God is, we label Him and call Him names and form a religion on Him when He says I am Love and Love must love.  Too good.

Amira:  “Sometimes we divide ourselves with different religions and beliefs, while God has no religion, we divide, while God is Oneness and pure Love.

Amazing conversations, don’t you agree?

Kamal and Amira, thank you and bravo for chiming in simultaneously on my Ode to Rumi.  God is obviously in the mix of our common consciousness.

…Happy Monday..!

BREAKING THROUGH

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Last month I was mysteriously drawn to invoke the Holy Spirit for counsel and fortitude.  Home repairs kept surfacing while my Beloved wasn’t satisfied with work.  We forged ahead at snail’s pace yet recognizing how God has sustained us through it all for the past 2 1/2 years.  I kept appealing  for celestial help, eventually our annoyances and challenges were being resolved.  My Beloved is thrilled with new work, my hand is workable and I’m back to living a healthy and creative life.

I share this anecdote to demonstrate a grateful point.  When things in life are troubling, the best remedy is to praise God for thanksgiving in advance.  One cannot thank God and curse Him at the same time.

PS:  Although he offered, my Beloved did not have to take me to Jared’s to make me happy!

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“May the Lord of heaven prosper you.  May He grant you mercy and peace.”  –Tobit 7:11

…if you are in the midst of trouble, you also can break through…