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Sunday, September 17, 2006

On this day in:
1787 The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
1920 The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the National Football League - was formed in Canton, Ohio.
1972 The comedy series ''M.A.S.H.'' premiered on CBS.
1976 NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, Calif.


Faith without works is dead, we are told.

Jesus said: Take up your cross. It is not something you go looking for in faraway places. Sooner or later the Lord hands us a cross, and our job is to recognise it. For each of us there are events that made a difference. No two of us experience the same joyful or sorrowful mysteries. Maybe it was a meeting with a friend, a lover or an enemy. Maybe it was a sickness, or a triumph. We try to see our life through the eyes of faith, with a confidence that God in his Providence can draw good out of the most awful and unwelcome happenings as well as the moments of joy. It is not that we have all the answers, but we have enough to sustain our faith and love. Faith is the fruit of love, that is, of darkness. It is based on God's faithfulness.


Last Friday Tracy Aiello shared the moment of her reconversion. She was in mass and the words took on a new meaning. She suddenly realized that there was one source of unconditional love, and accepting that love she was able to take up her cross in a new way.

1 comment:

  1. "(he must have been an influence on Benjamin Franklin, born 1/17/1706)"

    Interesting to see what influence there would be. Johnson was a Tory, a Jacobite in his early years, and a staunch Anglican. His moralism was more genuine than Franklin's, though both went through very tough periods of poverty before rising to success.

    Did Franklin every reply to his essay against the American rebels, in which Johnson penned the scathing line "how is it that we hear the greatest yelps of liberty from the drivers of negros?"?


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