Archive for June 2010
In February 1935, St Faustina received permission to make a trip home [from her convent] to visit her dying mother. The section of her diary that describes that visit [nn. 395 -407] includes these comments about her father:
After greeting each other, we knelt down to thank God for the grace of being able to be together once again in this life. When I saw how my father prayed, I was very much ashamed that, after so many years in the convent, I was not able to pray with such sincerity and fervor. And so I never cease thanking God for such parents.
Fathers: We should strive to be such models of heartfelt prayer for our children!!
Paul tells us that Jesus said “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Here are some interesting thoughts on giving from Warren Buffet & Bill Gates:
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates want the richest Americans to promise to give most of it away.
In a campaign launched on Wednesday, the two billionaires are calling on the nation’s wealthiest people to formally pledge at least 50% of their money to philanthropic causes and charity during their lifetimes or at their death.
From the campaign’s website, givingpledge.org:
“Each person who chooses to pledge will make this statement publicly, along with a letter explaining their decision to pledge. At an annual event, those who take the pledge will come together to share ideas and learn from each other.
The pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract.
While the Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires, the idea takes its inspiration from efforts in the past and at present that encourage and recognize givers of all financial means and backgrounds.”
Fortune magazine writer Carol Loomis, a long-time friend of Buffett’s, details the genesis of the campaign in a piece published on the magazine’s website Wednesday. The plan took root after a May 2009 meeting Buffett and Gates set up for a small group of the super-rich, including Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, George Soros and L.A. philanthropist Eli Broad.
On Wednesday, Broad and his wife, Edythe, were among the first to publicly accept the Giving Pledge challenge.
What might the campaign mean for charities, many of which have been hard-hit by a decline in giving since the onset of the financial crisis and recession?
“The question of what philanthropy might gain from the Gates/Buffett drive rests, at its outset, on a mystery: what the wealthiest Americans are giving now. Most of them aren’t telling, and outsiders can’t pierce the veil.
Bill Gates regards the 50% as a “low bar” encouraging high participation. People, he thinks, may be drawn in by that proportion and then surprise themselves and find they are giving at higher levels. “This is about moving to a different realm,” he thinks, and it will take time for everything to sort out.”
And people burst out into song spontaneously… enjoy.
Having just read Glenn’s post below called The Fellowship of the Unashamed, which was taken from Patrick Madrid’s CD “WHY I AM A CATHOLIC,” I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to listen to this important talk. After hearing Madrid’s personal reflections, I would like to get this in the hands of as many people as possible. It is a CD I would hope every Catholic [and non-Catholic] would listen to and think about. He is insightful, interesting and humorous. Try to get your hands on it, and if you are not receiving Lighthouse Catholic Media‘s “CD of the Month,” I highly recommend it as a good way to grow in your faith.
Of late I thought I had been doing pretty good with a prayer life. I try and give one of the first half hours or so to God in dedicated prayer, wheter it is Liturgy of the Hours, Magnifact Mag, Rosary, Meditation, Lectio Divnia — what have you. Oftentimes in the morning it is a challenge to keep out impending thoughts of what I need to do during the balance of the day. Then, later on arond noon I like to say a standard prayers, and read a bit out of the NT.
I have been fairly convicted by recent experience, including a talk by Fr. Larry Richards and C.S Lewis ‘The problem of Pain.’ I thought I was doing pretty good until I heard these two guys.
YOu gotta have daily commited prayer. You don’t TRY to fit God into your day; you build your day around God…do you TRY to eat every day? Do you TRY to read the paper every day? How about if your relationship with your wife was like that? Every day in the morning after you wake up and do your stuff, you go to see your wife with your book of poems. And you read her a beautiful poem. And then you say “Shhhh!” And then you go about the rest of your day, and you’re one of these real good husbands becausae you pick up the phone, call her and say, “Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me: SHhhhhh.” and then you hang up. You go home from work and your wife has made you a beautiful dinner, and every day you say the same words, “Thank you for this wonderful dinner.” And then you shove it down your throat and never talk to her during your dinner time. After that, you show that you’re in that 1% of great huysbands by sayin “Thanks for that dinner, it was really great.” Next its off to read the paper or watch TV, and right before you go to bed, you walk in to see your spouse with your book of poems, and you read her the same poem every night… or the same 5 poems… or ‘let’s try something different tonite’ and you try a dfifferent poem. And after you do this for 50 years, what kind of relationship would that be gentlemen? It would STINK. And that’s our relationship with God. We say our prayers, but we don’t enter into a relationship.
“We try, when we wake, to lay the new day at God’s feet; but before we have finished shaving, it becomes our day and God’s share in it is felt as a tribute which we must pay out of ‘our own’ paocket, a deduction from the time which ought, we feel, to be ‘our own’.