01 October 2022

Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia: "Perfidia" and "St Louis Blues March"

As this blessed week draws to a close, I offer this version of the Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia presenting "Perfidia" and the "St Louis Blues March":



On Neighbors Helping Neighbors,, the Good Side of Goldenrod, and Other New England-related Topics

A number of articles/posts have recently been published on a variety of New England-related subjects worth considering.

To access some of these, please visit:

Concord (NH) Monitor: No ideas wasted in hunting down plastic (13 SEP 22)

Rhode Island Monthly: A West Coast Photographer Shines Light on Creative Capital Landmarks (September 2022)

Valley News (West Lebanon, NH): A multi-agency state effort has successfully reduced lead in schools, officials say (23 SEP 22)

Concord (NH) Monitor: Neighbors helping neighbors: Volunteer driving program provides free rides (15 SEP 22)

WJBQ: What Two Front Doors Mean on a Single Family Home in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (16 MAY 22)

WJAR-TV: Aspiring child artist steals the show at the Wickford Art Festival (14 JUL 22)

Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette: Jenna's Wish List: Raynham woman collects items for cancer patients (5 AUG 22)

Yankee: Almanac: The Good Side of Goldenrod (It's Not Ragweed!) (19 SEP 22)

Holy Father's Prayer Intention for October

The Holy Father's prayer intention for October is:

For a Church open to everyoneWe pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel - may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of little deeds done for love.

Philip Kosloski on St. Thérèse and Love

"St. Thérèse of Lisieux was a remarkable saint. While she was confined to the walls of a cloister during her life, her writings made her an instant celebrity after her death, highlighting the depth and simplicity of her spirituality.

"One of the key parts of her life was her simple devotion to Jesus and her intense love of him, even in the midst of suffering and desolation. . . ."

In a recent commentary, writer Philip Kosloski reflected on St. Thérèse as an expert in love, not in the worldly sense, but in loving God and her neighbor.

To access Mr. Kosloski's complete post, please visit:

Aleteia; Philip Kosloski: How St. Thérèse was an expert in the "science of love" (1 OCT 22)

Reflection Starter from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

"If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." - Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (Saint Thérèse of Lisieux), whose memory the Church celebrates today (1 October)

30 September 2022

Birthday Blessings, Myrna!!!

Happy Birthday, Myrna!!!

The celebration of a person's birthday celebrates that person and his/her life. Each such person is a gift of God to the world, and each brings his/her own special touch to this world that He made.

You are a truly blessed person, and I am grateful to have you in my life. The gift that you are has touched me (and a multitude of others) in a variety of good ways. Thank you for the many ways You open yourself to the blessings God sends Your way! Thank you for being a blessing to me and to each person whose life you touch!

May this day, and each day of the upcoming year, be filled with an outpouring of the Lord's choicest blessings!

Happy Belated Birthday, Jim!

Belated birthday greetings to Jim Kirch, husband of niece Lori, whose birthday was the day before yesterday!!! May the upcoming year be filled with the Lord's choicest blessings!!!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D major

It's time for some classical music. This is a presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 31 in D major (Paris Symphony), as played by the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt:


 

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of Holy Scripture.

Bless Those Who Labor

Last month, Pope Francis made a prayer intention "for small businesses," and he asked for this intention to be observed throughout all of August to highlight the importance of these ventures in the face of growing economic difficulties. He prayed for "stores, workshops, cleaning businesses, transportation businesses, and so many others. The ones that don't appear on the world's richest and most powerful lists, and despite the difficulties, they create jobs, fulfilling their social responsibility."

Pope Francis highlighted the creative force at work in so many small businesses and their ability "to contribute solutions from the bottom up." He noted that small businesses have made it possible for society to function throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and asked for prayers "for small and medium-sized businesses, hard hit by the economic and social crisis, so they may find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities."

These are such important words delivered by our Holy Father after a period when one in four companies lost half of their sales during the global pandemic. Small businesses so often form the backbone of our communities and are run by people who dedicate themselves to providing a service that enriches our lives. These endeavors often give our communities their unique character, and we should continue to pray for the success of creative people in our midst who take the risk to bring their talents to the marketplace on their own terms.

We can also invoke some interesting saints in praying for the success of small to midsized entrepreneurs, saints who demonstrate how personal character can manifest itself in the lives of small business owners in ways that transform people's lives. Consider the story of Saint Peter Wu Guosheng, an 18th century hotel owner in the Guangxi region of China. He was known for having a loud and assertive personality, and when he heard the story of Christ, he began to utilize that assertiveness to share the Gospel with as many people as possible, turning his hotel into the center of a thriving Christian community, until finally being martyred for his faith.

Another martyr was Blessed Salvador Huerta Gutierrez, who was called the "magician of cars" and went from a state of poverty to owning his own business. He became known as the best mechanic in Guadalajara, Mexico. Writing about entrepreneur saints for Aleteia, Meg Hunter-Kilmer says of Blessed Salvador, "He saw it as his job to form his employees as men and Christians as well as to direct the business, and modeled Christian life by visiting the Blessed Sacrament every morning on his way to work." A father of 12, Blessed Salvador was martyred in the Cristero Wars in 1927, along with his brother, Blessed Ezequiel Huerta Gutierrez, who was the father of 10 and a successful entrepreneur in his own right in his pursuits as a musician.

The small business world abounds with entrepreneurs who carry their faith in Christ with them in all they do. So, let's continue to pray for great leaders to emerge within our communities to share their talents and to demonstrate the full expression of what it means to be human. As Pope Francis says, "with courage, with effort, with sacrifice, they invest in life, creating well-being, opportunities, and work." And let's support the creative instincts of those in our midst who dare to venture forth in these challenging economic times, bringing goods and services into our communities in a spirit of generosity and hope in the future.

This essay is a recent "Light One Candle" column by Father Ed Dougherty, M.M., The Christophers' Board of Directors ; it is one of a series of weekly columns that deal with a variety of topics and current events.

Background information:

The Christophers

Reflection Starter from St. Jerome

"Begin now what you will be hereafter." - Saint Jerome, whose memory the Church celebrates today (30 September)