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Monday, 19 June 2017 08:41

Motivational Monday 6-19-17

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make a beautiful moment

Allow, appreciate, accept all that is, as it is, and make a beautiful moment. Let beauty touch you, let joy flow generously from you, and be in this beautiful moment.

Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don’t let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.

Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.

What has come before is now a memory, and what will come next is not yet real. This is the time to live, to act, to be thankful, to enjoy, in this beautiful moment.

Let the wonder that’s found in every corner of life amaze you. Let the love, the possibilities, the unique substance in your own life inspire you.

Right here and now, with all that’s going on, make a beautiful moment in your life. Then move forward with the peace, the purpose, the joy and strength to make a whole lot more.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:08

Letter from Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117

216-481-8232

                                                                                               

Dear Friend,                                                                                    June 7, 2017

We hope that all is well with you and your family.  We at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine would once again like to invite you, to The Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Steak Roast.  We hope that you had the chance to attend last year and can return this year.  Of course please bring a friend or friends. 

The Steak Roast will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM (serving times).  All tickets will be sold by reservation only, due by July 9, 2017, RSVP only no refunds.  The menu will consist of a grilled 8oz. steak, corn on the cob, baked potato, salad, dessert, bread and butter and coffee or tea.  One ticket will be $20 for the dinner and a chance at three $100 drawings to be held 5:30 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:00 PM.  A ticket for just the dinner is $15. There will be an opportunity to purchase more tickets for the $100 raffle at $5 per ticket.  The price for the basket raffle this year will be one ticket for $1.00 and 6 tickets for $5.00.

It takes an astronomical amount of funds to just maintain the Shrine.  We have had many unforeseen problems such as a new chapel roof, a new arch by the Stations, replacement of the back porch and steps, repair of multiple water lines just to name a few so we appreciate the support that you give us by attending these fundraisers.  Thank you for your generous help.  

If you feel so inclined and it is within your means, then please sponsor a Sister by paying for their ticket.  Thank you if you can.    Enclosed you will find a reservation form.  Feel free to copy that form for your friends.  All of you remain in our prayers. 

God’s blessings, The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, OH. 44117

216-481-8232

Annual Steak Roast

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Serving from 4:30-6:45 PM

Grilled 8oz steak                   Corn on the cob           Baked Potato

Salad                                       Bread & Butter             Coffee/Tea

Dessert

By Reservation Only-due July 9, 2017

(Tickets will be picked up at the door)

Tickets for dinner and raffle (three drawings for $100.00 each) will be $20.00.  Tickets for dinner only will be $15.00.  You may purchase extra raffle tickets for $5 per ticket at the dinner. (No Refunds)

The price of the basket raffle tickets this year will be 1 ticket for

$1.00 and 6 for $5.00.  (Keep this portion as a reminder)

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117

216-481-8232

SUNDAY, JUNE 18th

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION

Gather in the Chapel at 3:45 PM

(3:45 PM Procession, 4:00 PM Rosary followed by Benediction)

  • Did you know that most miracles in Lourdes, France occur during the blessing of the sick with the Eucharist?
  • Did you know that the Blessed Mother instructed Bernadette to ask the priests to bring the faithful to the Grotto in Eucharistic procession to honor her son Jesus?
  • Join us at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in following the instructions of Our Lady.  Your petitions will be carried up to the Grotto.
  • Walk in Procession with the Eucharist to the Grotto
  • Pray the Rosary, Adore Christ at Benediction and Receive a Blessing with the Eucharist for the Sick

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE

21281 CHARDON RD.

EUCLID, OHIO 44117

216-481-8232

PASTA DINNER

Thursday: April 20, May 18,

June 15

4:30 PM-6:45 PM

 TICKETS: $8.50

Pasta, Meatballs, Salad or Apple Sauce, Bread and Butter, Coffee or Tea

ALL ARE WELCOME

Monday, 12 June 2017 11:34

Motivational Monday 6-12-17

 When he was much younger, our son, Jared, used to greet each morning with the declaration, "I waked up!"  He was genuinely excited about having another chance to be alive and have fun.  

Anticipation and excitement need not be limited to childhood, sporting events, and holiday seasons. It is possible to deliberately create significant levels of anticipation, excitement, and fulfillment on a regular basis by remembering to focus on three simple but strikingly powerful life-enhancing practices:
1. Be Grateful. Life is something we never see coming and never know when is departing.  By being grateful on purpose we acknowledge the gift of life and reenergize ourselves at the same time. 
2. Look to Explore. There is no finding or creating passion and purpose in life without exploring. Each day offers the chance to discover and engage something new, even if we are in the same place doing the same thing. New adventures and discoveries have more to do with inner attitude than outer location. 
3. Own Your Joy. As children we never hesitate to express our full feelings about being fully satisfied. Being free to express our joy enhances our experience of joy.
For more information on creating anticipation and excitement in life, read Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy (Abingdon Press, 2013) by Kirk Byron Jones.
Monday, 05 June 2017 08:21

Motivational Monday 6-5-17

Make it a joy

Don’t make it a chore. Make it a joy.

Instead of avoiding the effort, what if you could be thankful for the opportunity to do it? Instead of resenting the effort, imagine filling it with your own joy.

Each moment is what you choose to make of it. What influences it more than the time, the place, the circumstance, is your attitude.

Be good to yourself and be much more effective at what you’re doing. Find a way to put joy into it.

Let go of blame, worry, anxiety, distraction, and let yourself focus on joyful completion of the task. Feel great about being you, right here, right now, in this situation, able to do what you must do.

You have work to do, and you might as well get the very most out of the time you spend at it. Put joy into it and get maximum value out of it.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#ltkDke9RKba6bkRC.99

 

Friday, 02 June 2017 09:12

The Nest of the Father

Living at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is like living among nature in the middle of a city. Look around and one sees chipmunks, deer, racoons, squirrels and all kinds of birds. Walking down one of the sidewalks an unusual thing happened. A bird walked with me down the sidewalk. Birds usually fly away when approached by humans.
As I was walking I noticed that this bird was on the walk with me. It kept up with my pace. When I stopped it stopped. When I looked down it looked up right at me. When I reached my destination, it looked at me swiveled its head and flew away.
What an unusual occurrence! I didn’t know that birds did that.
The experience reminded me of the children’s book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I hope that you remember it. A mother bird flies away to look for food leaving her hatchling in the nest certain that the hatchling will stay in the nest. The baby bird leaves the nest looking for its mother. Having never seen his mother the baby bird even walks by his mother not recognizing her. He asks a kitten, hen, dog and a cow if they are his mother, only to be disappointed that they are not. Finally, he climbs onto a power shovel totally frustrated, asking it if it his mother. There is a happy ending. The power shovel places the little bird in his nest and he and his mother are reunited.
I believe that this is our story of our search for God the Father. We are the hatchling. We are sometimes so independent that we go in search of the happiness that the Father promises, only to find that we left the nest too soon. We need to be brought along slowly learning the lessons of the Father. We don’t recognize the Father along the way because we have not bothered to see him, to look in his eyes, to be nourished by him. We search and experience all the wrong things only to be finally frustrated and await our “power shovel” to rescue us. Where do we find our nourishment our sense of security? We find it in the “nest” of the Father. Let’s see if we can stay grounded and grow in the love of the Father in the house of the Father on his timetable. Only then can we grow to be what we were meant to be.

Bible Vs. 14: 25-28 “These things I have spoken to you, while I was still with you. But the Counselor the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Prayer: O dearest Father, help us to love you more and more. Every time we deepen our love for you then we know your Spirit even deeper. Only then do we recognize you. Help us to be patient and learn every lesson that you wish to teach us. Remind us that we are your children and that it is so natural to run into your open arms. O, Father help us to be all that you want us to be. Amen

Spotlight: Please come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and see all the nature that is here. Take some time out to pray. Also help us to keep the Shrine such a desirable place. We will be having a Pasta Dinner Thursday, June 16th 4:30 PM-6:45 PM Tickets $8.50. Also, please come to our Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession at 3:45 PM on Sunday, June 18th. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 216-481-8232. COME PRAY WITH US!

Monday, 22 May 2017 11:36

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, May 22, 2017

Deal with life

by Ralph Marston

You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.

Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.

Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.

Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.

Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.

Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170522.html
 
Monday, 15 May 2017 16:41

Monday Motivation

SAY YES TO GRACE: HOW TO BURN BRIGHT WITHOUT BURNING OUT
 

We Bless the World Best When We Rest
 

Many have difficulty taking time to play, pause, and rest because they see it as being selfish. Whenever they do break, they are constantly haunted by feelings of guilt and the need to return to action as soon as possible. If this is your predicament, I want you to carefully consider a major shift in perception: Not taking time to rest is selfish because lack of rest insures that the world rarely sees you at your best.
 

    Your non-stop lifestyle does not serve your interests and the interests of others as well as you may think.  Living on limited rest gives the world a limited version of who you are. Being in the world constantly fatigued and chronically stressed offers the illusion of your actual presence, at best. Just because you are in attendance, it doesn’t mean that you are present. We may be in attendance here or there, but when we are weary and worn, we are not wholly present. A real danger is that we can get so used to living tired, we never get a sense of who we are at our freshest and fullest.  Some of us are so used to living on an "empty tank,” it’s hard to even imagine what living on a "full tank” feels like.
 

     Yet, living full, flourishing, is your natural calling as an energized and empowered spiritual being.  Our challenge is to reject fatigue and embrace vitality as our living norm. Moreover, living rested and well is precisely what will insure your best offering to the world no matter what your labor in life may be.
 

    Learn to live full. Love the world enough to rest.  A rested you means that the world will see you at your finest.  Not resting is the selfish act. Resting is not a sign of failure, negligence, or weakness; it is an act of unsung benevolence.

    We bless the world best when we rest.

 

Brought to you by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

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