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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:33

Monday Motivation 7-24-17

Summon the power of motivation

Are you not motivated to take action? Then take action to get motivated.

Do some little something. That will make you feel like doing something more.

Motivation is not some esoteric power possessed only by elite achievers. Motivation happens when you mix desire or fear with some common sense, and add a touch of momentum.

To summon the power of motivation, first understand what you truly want. Next, remind yourself that you’ll have to take some action to fulfill that desire.

Finally, go ahead and give yourself a taste of that action, even if it’s just a small one. Once you feel yourself acting to reach a goal you really, truly desire, you’ll want a lot more of that great feeling.

At that point, guess what? You’re motivated, and you can ride that motivation wherever you intend to go.

— Ralph Marston


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:46

Cover 2 Podcast: Palm Beach, Florida

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Greg interviews Capt. Houston Park, Dr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Mar Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida. The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get into treatment.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:04

Just Like Dad

Just Like Dad

The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19

Isn’t it endearing to see a child mimicking his parents? How often we’ve seen the young boy in a car seat, gripping his imaginary steering wheel intently while keeping a close eye on the driver to see what Daddy does next.

I remember doing the same thing when I was young. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than doing exactly what my dad did—and I’m sure he got an even bigger kick watching me copy his actions.

I would like to think God felt the same way when He saw His dearest Son doing exactly what the Father did—reaching out to the lost, helping the needy, and healing the sick. Jesus said, "the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19).

We too are called to do the same—to “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love” (Eph. 5:1–2). As we continue growing to be more like Jesus, may we seek to love like the Father loves, forgive like He forgives, care like He cares, and live in ways that please Him. It is a delight to copy His actions, in the power of the Spirit, knowing that our reward is the affectionate, tender smile of a loving Father.

Jesus, thank You for showing us the way to the Father. Help us to be more and more like You and the Father each day.

~"Our Daily Bread" - writer Leslie Koh

Monday, 17 July 2017 09:04

Motivational Monday 7-17-17

Current possibilities

Pretty much anything you can imagine is eventually possible. Yet what you can act upon immediately is whatever is now possible.

Act to transform current possibilities into reality, and you create whole new sets of possibilities. Continue to act on those new possibilities you create, and you can make your way to any result.

By all means, look with determination toward the ultimate goal you seek. Then look around, where you are, and embrace the current possibilities that can move you toward that goal.

When there is just one possibility within reach, then no possibility can continue to stay out of reach. And wherever you are, whatever way you’ve traveled, there is always one possibility within reach.

You don’t have to figure out how to get all the way there. You just have to take one step, available to you right now, that will move you in the direction of your goal.

Take that step, and then the next and the next. By embracing and actualizing your current possibilities, you can achieve whatever you choose.

— Ralph Marston

Monday, 17 July 2017 08:24

The Movements in Nature

On the top floor of the building at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine there is a room with windows on three sides. The view is, needless to say, spectacular. One of the windows faces a bank of very tall trees. It is very reflective to just sit and watch the trees which seem to move at the mercy of the wind. In reality, the trees move, not at the mercy of the wind, but with the wind.

This movement changes with the seasons. Each season brings its own particular force; a pelting rain, a gentle drizzle, a blizzard, the first hint of snow, hail and all that these forces of nature have to offer. If one looks at the uppermost branches of the tree those branches are affected most by the changing of seasons. Those top branches are the spindliest, and look as if in the force of the wind that they might break off, but they don’t. Their movement suggests that the branches are dancing. They might be waltzing with each other, dancing a lively polka or slow dancing in the heat of the afternoon. All in all, it is a beautiful meditation.

These movements of nature serve as a metaphor for life. We too are at the top of the tree. We live our lives in the company of others. Our living is like dancing with other people. We too are fragile, but if we bend when life throws its worst at us we will not break. Sometimes we are graceful, sometimes so quick that we seem frenetic in our movements. If we consider God as the director of the movements and we move with and not against the elements, like the spindly branches, we will not break either. If we allow God to help us in our dance then we will grow just as the branches grow for the next season. Perhaps we will not understand the steps of the dance, but if we let God lead, we too will be a picture of beauty.

Bible Vs.: Psalm 149: 1, 3-4
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with timbrel and harp and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.

Prayer: O, Lord let me allow you to direct my life. Let me praise you for my success and let me find comfort in you for my failures. For when I stiffen at your urgings in my life it is then that I become unhappy and break. You always pick me up and put me back together. Lord, help me to have the courage and faith to follow your lead.

Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to follow the Lord’s lead in your life. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, visit the gift shop open daily. Come to daily Mass Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:00 AM, Tuesday at 5:00 PM, Saturday at 8:00 AM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:30 AM, with the 9:30 AM Mass outdoor. On Sundays, May through October have breakfast at St. Ann Dining Room from after the 9:30 AM Mass until 11:30 AM and lunch from noon until 2:30 PM. Let the Lord lead you here.

Monday, 10 July 2017 08:32

Motivational Monday 7-10-17

Rid Yourself of Painful Echoes 
 
Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was acceptable. Forgiveness means you are ready to move past it.
Keeping score just prolongs the pain. Seeking to get even, creates more pain.
Forgiveness is not about what’s right or wrong, what’s justified or what’s not. Forgiveness is about being free to focus on creating a positive, fulfilling future.
No person in your world is perfect, many are far from it, and will always be. You can choose to fight that reality, or you can learn how to live with it.
Forgiveness enables you to live well, no matter what others may do or fail to do. Forgiveness fills you with the power of peace, of clarity, of purpose.
Rid yourself of painful echoes from the past. Forgive, and turn yourself toward the beauty and possibility of now.
— Ralph Marston
Friday, 30 June 2017 12:38

Cover 2 Podcast: A Community Effort

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Greg interviews Officer Bud Lytle, a Public Information and Crime Prevention Officer for the Chilicothe Police Department.  Bud and his department have shifted from traditional police tactics to approaches more in line with social work to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in their county.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these efforts across the community and the myriad of programs implemented by the Chilicothe Police Department have worked to lessen the impact of opioid abuse throughout their county.

Greg interviews Iqbal Sunderani, the CEO and Founder of BTNX, Inc, a biotechnology company that has developed a Rapid ResponseTM  Drug Test Strip that can be used to test for fentanyl in drugs like heroin. Greg also speaks with Van Asher, who is the syringe access program manager at St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction in Bronx, NY.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these test strips are being utilized in trials to monitor how their role in prevention not only protects users, but aids communities in saving money as well as lives.

Greg interviews Capt. Houston ParkDr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Mar Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida.  The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get into treatment.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these Suboxone doses coupled with peer counseling is acting as an on ramp for treatment for those suffering from substance use disorder in Palm Beach County, Florida.

With the summer weather, almost everyone is planning outdoor activities. At Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine every Sunday, May through October we have a 9:30 AM Mass that is supposed to be outside as well as 4:00 PM rosary devotions that should be held outside.
Of course, the weather doesn’t always lend itself to holding the event outdoors. Sometimes it is too hot, too windy, too cold, too wet. It is rarely “just right.” Most of the time there is a plan B for the event. At the Shrine, it would be to hold the event in chapel. If you have a backyard event perhaps you make a dash for the garage as the rain comes.
Before the event do you ever find yourself obsessing over doppler radar? Do you have weather alerts set for your phone so that you can be prepared? Do you spend the day constantly watching the rain patterns, checking rain percentages and the night before not sleeping because there is a 50% chance of rain? Have you ever changed your event venue because doppler said a 90% chance of rain? What happens when the predicted weather doesn’t come at 10:30 AM, as predicted? Do you panic?
Whatever happened to making plans and just hoping for the best? How about taking what comes when it comes. Even if we keep looking at that radar and checking the “window of opportunity” can we change it?
Is doppler ever wrong? What do we do then? Perhaps a less stressful way to live is to put everything in God’s hands. Can we change the weather? How many other things do we worry about that we really can’t change? After you have been called back for a second interview is worry going to help you get the job? After the CAT scan is worry going to prevent the discovery of a tumor? There are so many things that we can’t do anything about, but there is someone who can do something about it. There is someone that we can share our anxiety with to help us get through the uncertainty. That person is God. How do we speak to Him? We speak to Him through prayer. The next time you find yourself obsessing about something that you couldn’t possibly change put all those worries in God’s hands. Allow God to affect your life. God’s solution is something that will totally astound us. The thing is He is just waiting for us to ask.

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