Aloha Friday Message – April 10, 2009


Today is Good Friday. It is a day of solemn remembrance for billions of people. It is the crucial juncture between the Old and New Covenants. If you think about the symbol for infinity it is the place where the “loops” cross – on The Cross.

We are often reminded at this time of year – and also in times of trials – that “There is no Easter without there first being a Calvary.” Even better is the corollary of that adage: “There is no Calvary without an Easter.”

Today I am going to list a few things for you to think about over this coming weekend. I actually hope you will think about them even beyond this coming weekend. Some of these sayings or observations come from a recent Mission given in our Parish by Fr. Bill Burton, OFM ( Others are just things I collected along the way. In instances where I can attribute the statement, you’ll see that in italics.

In the Old Covenant, everything that was offered in sacrifice was something that could be used as food. Fr. Bill Burton, OFM (Think about that especially this weekend.)

One often meets one’s destiny along the road taken to avoid it.

Not all thorns have roses.

“God helps those who help themselves.” Hezekiah 9:9 *

“God helps those who can not help themselves.”

“God helps those who help others.” Vivian Gordon

“God helps everybody whether they know it or not, whether they believe it or not, whether they ask for it or not. Regrettably not everyone accepts that help.” Chick Todd

Remember the smile on your face was put there by you but the ability to do that is a Gift
from God! Be generous with that gift!!

People often don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

“We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.” Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life)

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. C. Wynn

Micah 6:8 ~~ He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. God through the Prophet Micah

In my view, this is the path to Peace. Let’s walk it together with Him in whom all Peace resides.

“Where you sit depends on where you stand.” Chick Todd (See Luke 14:8-11 [Thanks to Fr. Bill!])

You can be a thermometer or a thermostat. One testifies to what’s going on. The other not only testifies, but also changes the environment to preapproved conditions. Number 27 in “27 Beautiful One-Liners”

There’s work to do, deadlines to meet;
You’ve got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry-

In the midst of family chaos,
“Quality time” is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest-

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather-

God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He’ll respond to all your needs
A.S.A.P. – ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER. Lisa Englehardt

And so, Beloved, I will say a prayer for you: May your day today be filled with Love and Light from Him by whom are made all good things in Heaven and on Earth. AMEN.

Thank you for YOUR love and light. You have made something beautiful and wonderful out of the love God created for you and in you. I am humbled and blessed to know you have shared that love in your prayers.

Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive because it is inspired and empowered by God. The only cost is the will and time to do it, but the rewards are beyond comprehension. Let’s continue to pray for one another.

God blessed YOU, so make it a great day!! God blessed me by leading you into my life (or leading me into your life, eh?), so for me, it’s ALREADY a great day!

Oh, and don’t forget to give God a little PUSH once in a while:

P’s Power
Plan Purposefully, Prepare Prayerfully, Proceed Positively, Pursue Persistently!
May “P’s” be with you!!

I love that one!!!

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever — at your service
* And for you astute Bible students: Yes, I know there is no book in the Bible called “Hezekiah.” That is why this famous quote is not in the Bible!

In God WE trust

Serving Him on Earth may not always garner the best wages, but the retirement plan is out of this world!!

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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