In his Prairie Home Companion radio broadcast, Garrison Keillor would invite listeners to follow the tale of Lake Wobegon where all women were strong and all men were good looking. Of course, their children were all above average! Your daughter’s B in math would allow her to be one of Lake Wobegon’s above- average children! In general, “A” grades represent exemplary/outstanding progress in a subject area. A student with a B is demonstrating proficient/above-average progress. All of us have gifts and talents in specific areas; we can’t be exemplary in every skill valued in our society.
Today’s world demands instant gratification and immediacy. We have been trained to have our availability set permanently to “Contact me now, I’ll respond.” If a friend neglects to answer a message in an acceptable period of time (obviously a maximum of two hours), we are ready to send out a search party to make sure he or she is still breathing. Our time no longer belongs to us. How do we begin to regain control? How can we go about “unplugging”?
Hoarding is more than just a mess, it is a mental health disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines it as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.”
Although hoarding is a common problem, it is difficult to treat, and its effects can extend beyond an overstuffed home. It can put people’s health at risk; it can damage families; and it can affect surrounding neighbors.
For a community that has already faced many challenges, Flint’s residents are now in dire need of life’s most basic necessity – clean water. When news of the water crisis broke, individuals, organizations and churches from all over took action to help. Truckloads and pallets of bottled water are being brought in and distributed to those most affected.
He Says: I think we can miss Mass occasionally
OK, I admit, I feel a little lazy on Sunday mornings. I’m not saying we should never go to Mass, but Kim wants us to drive out of our way, even when we’re on vacation, just to make Mass at a strange parish. I think that’s carrying it too far.
Wedding planning can seem daunting – keeping things in perspective will help you enjoy the process, the big day and the years that follow.
Recognize the sacrament. The sacraments are distinct and real ways that Jesus enters our lives. The Church seeks to share with you the truth and beauty of what God intends in marriage – enter into your parish’s engagement programs with an open mind and heart. Consider your engagement a time to be students of marriage.