Finding Inspiration

This video has been around for over a year, but every now and then, when I’m looking for a little inspiration, I have a look at this kid who has found the cross streets of talent and determination.

 

Pope Francis

“A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to ‘dream’ of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” – Pope Francis in his address to the United States Congress

Tulsa, My Tulsa!

 

So many of my close friends have never visited Tulsa, the city that always draws me back from wherever I’ve wandered.  Here’s a promo video that I recently encountered that will give you a taste of this, the classiest part of Oklahoma.

 

 

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln +150 Years

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President Abraham Lincoln was shot 150 years ago today, at about 10:30pm.  He dies the next day, April 15, 1865, never regaining consciousness.

April 15th is more commonly thought of as Tax Day now, the day that federal income tax forms are due.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln created the federal income tax and the Internal Revenue Service?  It was created, essentially, to raise funds to continue the Union’s fight during the Civil War.  The war that changed our country from a union of states into one nation.  The war that ended slavery in North America, at the cost of 750,000 military and civilian lives.

Some have said that the Civil War was the price the nation had to pay for hundreds of years of slavery in North America.  A “tax”, so to speak, to extirpate itself of the sin of human bondage.

There’s a curious congruency between that thought and the fact that federal taxes are due on the day that Lincoln died.  I wouldn’t take that idea too far, but Lincoln paid, and we continue to pay a price for the continuance of that same government, the nation that it defines, and the freedoms it is intended to preserve.

 

 

Catholic Photo Challenge #6 – Stewardship

hands with tree

I look forward to Saturday morning most weeks because I’m lucky to be part of the team that records the Catholic Weekend podcast on SQPN.

During today’s recording (episode #240),  Fr. Cory Sticha and Fr. Kyle Schnippel discussed the spirituality involved in the mundane aspects of parish administration.  A stewardship that is necessary in doing the right things with the time, talent and treasure that is entrusted to the parish.

It occurred to me then, as it does now, that each of us, in our own personal lives and in our careers, is also entrusted with time, talent and treasure that needs to be faithfully stewarded as a part of how we live our faith.

Since one of the themes for the  Scripture readings this Sunday (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is God’s generosity towards us, it seems fitting, then to reflect on our responsibilities as stewards of those gifts placed in our care.

For this Catholic Photo Challenge, show us a photo or two of the things that you steward, be it a personal talent or treasure, or perhaps something you are responsible for as part of a job or other work that you do.

 

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