Volume 18.08 | August 2017

  • 01-the-secret

    The secret

    Living a Christian’s life in today’s complex and intricate world can seem quite difficult. So many things demand our attention on a moment-by-moment basis. Most of them aren’t bad, but they take our time and can keep us from growing in our faith. Yet we all know people who seem to have found a way to […]

  • 02-Following-heroes

    Following heroes

    I was ten years old when I first heard of Albert Schweitzer, and I was really impressed by his dedication—to the point that I started contemplating becoming a doctor like him and following in his footsteps in Africa. Those were the days when in order to know more about something or somebody, you had to […]

  • 03-Appearances-and-the-big-picture

    Appearances and the big picture

    Do you sometimes feel like a failure? Things haven’t turned out the way you thought they should have or the way you wanted? Your expectations have been disappointed, your goals haven’t been reached? Well, let me tell you about a man who felt like a failure. He was sickly, often depressed to the point of […]

  • 04-Eddy-and-the-earring

    Eddy and the earring

    Sometimes the greatest heroes are actually the unsung little ones who live their lives with quiet courage. By their example, they leave an indelible mark. Eddy is one of those. Every Saturday morning I volunteer at the children’s ward of a cancer center, teaching English to the staff, patients, and parents. I always try to […]

  • 05-its-my-fight

    It’s my fight

    The movie Shenandoah is set during the American Civil War. It’s a moving story of a Southern family caught up in the conflict of the day. The patriarch of the family, Charlie Anderson, continually shuts down the urges of his sons who want to join the war. Charlie wants to remain neutral and uninvolved until the war […]

  • 06-Two-lives-to-imitate

    Two lives to imitate

    My grandmother Sabina was a saint that I had the privilege to meet personally. She had no birth certificate, but went to school long enough to learn how to read well. She read her Bible daily and never missed a Sunday mass. She was kind and gentle, yet never missed an opportunity to teach us […]

  • 07-be-kind

    Be kind!

    Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you—not because they are nice, but because you are.—Author unknown Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.—Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) […]

  • 08-Olympic-faith

    Olympic faith

    The 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had some truly exciting moments. Athletes from 28 sports and 41 disciplines amazed us with their talent, audacity, perseverance, and physical and mental prowess. Yet, in my opinion, there was an aspect of these Olympic competitions that shone even brighter than the medals—the role that […]

  • 09-Unsung-heroes

    Unsung heroes

    God alone is aware of the vast quantity of heroic deeds taking place each day. If plaques were given for each, there wouldn’t be enough space on all the walls in the world! Perhaps this was on my husband Michael’s mind when he wrote this song in appreciation of the many unsung heroes. I saw […]

  • 10-What-really-counts

    What really counts

    I dreamed that I was invited to a luxurious banquet. Everything around me shone with glory and splendor. Crystal goblets were filled with the best wines and all my favorite dishes were present. Then there was the command, “Eat and be happy.” So I ate and was happy. By the time the desserts were served, […]

  • 11-My-presence

    My presence

    I am always with you, ready and willing to help, direct, comfort, love, heal, and provide for you. I want you to bring Me into every area of your life. I don’t ask this because I want to harness or control you, but because I love you. I want to provide for you and protect […]