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Turning Conflict Into Personal Growth

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Elbert Hubbard quoteI want to share with you a very powerful technique for changing the way you respond to offensive  or critical comments.  This technique has the potential of turning what is usually a very painful and unpleasant experience into an opportunity for personal growth and wisdom. Let’s say someone you know makes an offensive comment or criticizes you.  The most common reaction… Read More

Harnessing the Power of Fear

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
FearThere’s a prayer that we learned when we were in second grade that we recite every time we receive the sacrament of reconciliation.  Despite our familiarity with the prayer, most of us aren’t aware of the hidden meaning of the prayer.  I’m referring to the Act of Contrition which begins with the following sentence:

“Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,… Read More

A Lesson From Amazon.com

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
If you use the Internet to shop for items, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased products from Amazon.com. With 96 fulfillment centers located throughout the United States, Amazon is a financial threat to a number of local and national businesses. Products that are ordered from Amazon are routinely delivered to customers’ doorsteps within one to three days. In addition to having a national presence,… Read More

Mealtime With Our Lord

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Dinner with JesusIn a recent Adoration Letter article titled “Too Tired To Care,” I wrote about the importance of making an effort to always keep your mind young, fresh, enthusiastic, and hopeful.  In the article, I mentioned a reporter who had followed Mother Teresa around for several days and was completely exhausted by the end of each day.  The reporter noticed that Mother Teresa,… Read More

An (Almost) Irresistible Offer

Monday, April 21st, 2014
The year was 1993.  One of my cousins had recently gotten engaged and her dad told her and her fianc? that he had a proposal for them.  He was willing to pay them $20,000 if they were willing to agree to have a small wedding that only included immediate family members.  The offer came after the wedding invitation list had grown to more than 400 people.  While the groom was interested in accepting the money, the bride put her foot down and insisted that they follow through with the traditional wedding they were planning. When the topic came up for discussion at the supper table in my home, I made the following proposal to my three oldest children:… Read More