Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Visiting the lonely

A very touching story from Fr. Jonathan Morris:

There are other moments of comforting God’s people, however, that do warm the heart. Just as I was leaving the hospice, I caught myself asking the nurse if there was anyone there who had no family or friends. She immediately pointed me to 6B. It was the half of room 6 occupied by a Mr. Harris. I took his hand and spoke in a loud voice. His eyes remained closed, his head down. After a few futile attempts to connect with him, I raised my voice even louder and told him he looked wonderful. I told him he was strong. I placed a Yankees cap on his head and laughed at him. With eyes still closed, and to my great surprise, he squeezed my hand with the grip of a twenty-year-old. A few minutes later he opened his eyes wide, recognized the collar, and asked one thing: “Did you come here, Father, just to see me?” “I did, Mr. Harris, I did.” He cried like a baby. More tears of joy. Comforting people in the throes of tragedy is sometimes a downer emotionally, and sometimes it feels good. It is always a blessing for my soul.

Read the rest of his interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

How can you cultivate discipline?

Some great thoughts:

I asked my confessor recently what one could do to build up discipline in themselves. He suggested approaching the problem gently. First apply yourself to learning how to joyfully tackle the smallest and easiest of those tasks you dislike doing. Once you start to feel stronger, kick it up a notch and work on tackling ever-so-slightly more challenging things. We must train our wills. Over time, and with God’s grace, you will find a more disciplined individual staring back at you in the mirror.

Read the rest here:

A nun who is also an iPhone developer

Neat story.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chasing a tornado

Some scary footage of the recent tornadoes in the South. (Prayers for all of those impacted!)