The Forgiveness Project Exhibit at the Sawyer Free Library

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Here If You Need Me-Book Review and Book Group Discussion Event-March 20

Image resultFor me, there are few things more refreshing than a well-written book, touching on the important issues of life, done with a sense of humor. Kate Braestrup’s book, HERE WHEN YOU NEED ME, is just such a book. She tells of her life turned upside down by the accidental death of her State Police husband, as it takes new turns leading her to become a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service. Her encounters with the sorrow and hope encompassed in her work, with her four children who grapple with the death of their father (and with growing up), and with her colleagues struggling with the demands of their work, reflect maturity and pragmatic faith in God. I especially delighted in her ability to see God at work in the most mundane and often most excruciating circumstances of her life. A very hopeful lesson for me to learn. ~ by Kay

 

Join the discussion-Monday Evening Book Group – Rockport Public Library- Monday, March 20, 2017-6:00-7:30 in the Trustees Room

 

Here If You Need Me-Book Review and Book Group Discussion Event-March 20

1077938.jpgFor me, there are few things more refreshing than a well-written book, touching on the important issues of life, done with a sense of humor. Kate Braestrup’s book, HERE WHEN YOU NEED ME, is just such a book. She tells of her life turned upside down by the accidental death of her State Police husband, as it takes new turns leading her to become a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service. Her encounters with the sorrow and hope encompassed in her work, with her four children who grapple with the death of their father (and with growing up), and with her colleagues struggling with the demands of their work, reflect maturity and pragmatic faith in God. I especially delighted in her ability to see God at work in the most mundane and often most excruciating circumstances of her life. A very hopeful lesson for me to learn. ~ by Kay

Join the discussion-Monday Evening Book Group – Rockport Public Library- Monday, March 20, 2017-6:00-7:30 in the Trustees Room

 

Lent starts in one week

Here are a few Lenten resources:

From Center for Action and Contemplation-Richard Rohr

Companions for Your Journey through Lent
Explore the meaning of this liturgical season (Lent begins March 1) through contemplative reading. Two excellent books for personal devotions and group study:

Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent
by Richard Rohr

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God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter
featuring Richard Rohr, Kathleen Norris, Ronald Rolheiser, Luci Shaw, and others
Find these and other resources at store.cac.org.

Living Lent Daily

Click Here for Lenten Resources from Loyola Press

 

Click Here for Lenten Resources from Monasteries of the Heart

USCCB

Click Here for Lenten Resources from USCCB

 

 

Arguing with Dorothy Day challenges my quest for a Christian life

Dorothy Day in 1972

 

 

 

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The Long Loneliness
by Dorothy Day
Harper & Row, 1952

Take and Read: When I first read Dorothy Day in 1987, seven years after the famous writer, activist and co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement had died, I was immediately pulled in. I had moved to Washington, D.C., and was living and working at Mary House, a shelter for pregnant women and their families. As I read about Day’s life and work, I was drawn into a long argument her with that has marked my work, my family life and my struggle to be a Christian. Continue Reading Click Here

 

CELTIC BENEDICTION

CELTIC BENEDICTION
MORNING AND NIGHT PRAYERS
BY J PHILIP NEWELL

For those who appreciate Celtic spirituality, this slim book ” is an illuminated collection of newly written daily prayers that draws on the rich stream of devotion flowing deep in the Celtic tradition.”   A beautiful way to begin and end each day remembering the goodness and gifts of our God.

Celtic Benediction: Prayers for Morning and Evening   -     By: J. Philip Newell

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New book documents Shriver’s search for the ‘Real Pope Francis’

The Pilot

BOSTON — “Intrigued.” That is how Mark K. Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, said he felt as he watched Jorge Mario Bergoglio become Pope Francis in March 2013.

“His first couple of actions — from asking for blessings from the people before he blessed them as the new pope, to paying for his hotel bill, to washing the feet of those young juvenile delinquents at the Casa del Marmo — really caught my eye,” he recalled.

“Seeing all these early actions of his made me question, ‘Is he for real, or is this some kind of public relations stunt?'” Shriver said.

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Book-Beyond Me, My Selfie and I

Have you read this book? If yes, please leave a comment below. Would love to hear what you thought about it!

You might not know it by observing popular media, but the world does not revolve around “me, my selfie and I”.

Teresa Tomeo, media expert and host of the syndicated radio program Catholic Connection, believes “selfie culture” represents a society that is losing touch with its humanity. In Beyond Me, My Selfie and I, she offers real ways to rebel against the narcissism of modern life and rediscover our relationship with each other, the beauty of nature—and, most importantly, God.

Tomeo explores Church teachings and Scripture passages about self-centeredness versus other-centeredness, as well as the thoughts of Popes John Paul II, Benedict and Francis, all of whom have written and spoken extensively about the proper use of media. She’s also gathered practical advice from a number of media experts on how to find balance when it comes to selfies and other media activities.

Tomeo makes the case for “selfie control,” with advice for moms and dads on navigating today’s media minefields. She’ll also provide research-backed methods for finding real happiness by giving and putting others first rather than staying focused on oneself.

When your identity is focused in Christ—as opposed to yourself—life becomes so much more than fleeting moments of attention. You’ll read inspiring examples of individuals who made a real difference in the world, as well as people whose change in media habits changed their lives—and the lives of others—in surprising ways.

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Me-Selfie-Happiness-Self-Absorbed/dp/1632530465

Only purpose of spiritual life

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A brother said to an old man: “There are two brothers. One of them stays in his cell quietly fasting for six days at a time, and imposing on himself a good deal of discipline, and the other serves the sick. Which one of them is more acceptable to God?” The old man replied, “Even if the brother who fasts six days were to hang himself by the nose, he could not equal the one who serves the sick.”

What are we hearing here? The question is clear: When it’s all over, when we have said our last rosary, made our final trip to church, made our last private retreat, fasted every day of our last Lent, and hung by our nose from the steeple of the church as a sign of our eternal commitment to God, will it have been enough to qualify us as saintly?

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