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Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you had everything to do, and you've done it."
~Margaret Thatcher

Your Inspiration For Today!
Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true. Action is the key to a satisfied day, week, month or life.







 Heard about  global warming causing the decline in sea turtles?
Maybe we have just discovered why the sea turtle is becoming extinct
and it is not because of global warming!



The  Turtle eggs  are  stolen - harvested if you prefer - to be sold.











Fr. Barron

Friends, our Gospel today focuses on the gift of forgiveness. This is such an anchor of the New Testament and so central to Jesus’ ministry and preaching. When it comes to the offenses that we have received from others, we are, all of us, great avatars of justice. We will remember every insult, every snub, and every shortcoming when it comes to our being hurt by others. That’s why forgiving even once or twice is so difficult.

Forgiving seven times, as Peter suggests, is beyond the pale. Yet Jesus says to him, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." In other words, forgive constantly, relentlessly, and without calculation. Your whole life must become an act of forgiveness.

And this is why Jesus tells the parable in today’s Gospel. The man who had been forgiven so much should, at the very least, show forgiveness to the one who owed him so much less.

Here is the spiritual heart of the matter: whatever anyone owes you (in strict justice) is infinitely less than what God has graciously given to you; the divine forgiveness of you is infinitely greater than any forgiveness you might be called upon to offer.

Becoming an instrument of God’s life, grace, forgiveness, and peace is what it is all about. Allow to flow through you what has been poured into you—that is the whole story.








The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants.

The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.

The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.

The Kennedy family legacy is an integral part of daily life in Co. Wexford. Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio-visual display, souvenir shop, picnic area, wheelchair access and extensive car and coach parking facilities.


President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 was a pivotal moment in Irish history and one that ignited the spirit of the nation. A key point of the President’s trip was when he visited the Family Homestead at Dunganstown to have tea with his Irish cousins.

For Irish people, Kennedy was a hero, an idol; he embodied the ultimate Irish success story – Famine emigrant to the most powerful man in the world, all in just three generations.

John F Kennedy changed the face of emigration in Ireland, he changed how Irish people perceived themselves and his homecoming gave each and every one a renewed sense hope for the future.

The President’s 1963 visit is commemorated as a key feature in the Kennedy Homestead and visitors can relive the sounds and scenes of that iconic day.

Kennedy himself referred to his Irish visit as “the best four days of my life”.


The center allows visitors to follow the fortunes of the most famous Irish-American family through the 20th century to the present day.

The center features an interpretative exhibit which traces the story from Patrick Kennedy leaving as a famine emigrant to his great grandchildren’s return as US President (John F Kennedy), US Ambassador (Jean Kennedy Smith), founder of the Special Olympics (Eunice Shriver), Attorney General (Bobby Kennedy) and US Senator (Ted Kennedy).

It provides an engaging guided tour, incorporating audio-visuals, a photographic exhibition and a historical interpretative display.

The Visitor Center at the Kennedy Homestead was opened in June 2013 by Caroline Kennedy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the story of the Kennedy family in a new state of the art exhibition, through a mixture of media.


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Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, Father, me dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' A mass for the poor creature?' Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.' Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think €5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?' Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Sweet Mary and Joseph. Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?’














SORRY did i HEAR SOMEONE SAY , where is the HUMOR section ?

Carmela Arizona Correspondent





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Aren't they Beautiful   !




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By Danielle Centoni


Between movie nights at home, my kids' after-school cravings, and my nervous-energy snacking while I work, it's safe to say my family eats a lot of popcorn.

Usually I pop plain kernels in my trusty silicone popcorn popper. It's cheaper than (and just as fast as) the bags from the store, and I can control the sodium and flavorings, so I can legitimately call it a healthy snack. But sometimes we want the full-on faux-butter goodness you can only get from the movie theater — without actually going to the theater.

That's where the store-bought stuff comes in.

There are tons of options out there from various brands, with different levels of buttery-ness — plus other flavors like kettle corn and cheddar cheese. It's hard to know which ones to pick! What makes deciding really hard is that there's no guide to the butter levels. Is "extreme butter" more buttery than "movie theater style?" Where do "butter lovers" and "double butter" fit in the spectrum?

Clearly the only way to find out is to give them a try. I rounded up the butteriest options I could find, forgoing anything light or healthy, since I can easily do that at home, and skipping any oddball flavors.



(Image credit: Jet)

Seven bags later, there was a clear winner: Jolly Time Blast O Butter Ultimate Theater Style.

Buy: Jolly Time Blast O Butter Ultimate Theater Style, $6 for six, 3.2-ounce bags

Why This Is the Only Popcorn I'll Buy

Unlike the other brands we tried — even those labeled "movie theater style" — this one actually tasted almost identical to actual movie theater popcorn, just not as greasy. It was in-your-face buttery, assertively salty, and really hard to put down. Luckily, the 3.2-ounce bags are a fraction of the size of the tubs you get at the theater, so we could keep our gluttony in check.

I fully expected the sodium and fat to be off the charts compared to the less flavorful ones we tried, but the numbers were actually almost identical. This stuff is even made with non-GMO corn. But it does have artificial flavor. And if you're looking for a healthy snack, keep looking. The fat and salt levels in most of these super-buttery popcorns is akin to a small serving of fries.

Or make your ownHow To Make Microwave Popcorn in a Plain Paper Bag

Side note: If you were terrorized 10 years ago by news stories about microwave popcorn causing "popcorn lung," fear not. None of the brands on the market these days contain diacetyl, the chemical that can cause the respiratory disease.










10 Lunch Ideas Under 400 Calories

These are pegged to 400 calories, which is a common calorie budget for many at lunchtime. Obviously this is low for others — if your budget gives you more at lunch, throw in an extra piece of cheese, a piece of grilled chicken, or more fruit.

And no matter what your budget, these low-cal lunch boxes won't leave you hungry in an hour, thanks to yummy bites rich in protein and fiber.





Everyone has a different idea of healthy. Some of us eat almost everything but just keep an eye on calorie intake. When sticking to a calorie budget, lunch can be a struggle. You don't want to break the budget, but also want a lunch that won't leave you hangry an hour after lunchtime.

That's why our 10 easy ideas for 400-calorie lunches are packed with protein and fiber, so they'll keep you full while coming in at (for us small ladies, anyway!) a smart calorie level. Wanna see all these super-quick and smart ideas?










Would You Invite a Priest for Dinner - THIS week?!? 

August 16, 2018


This week, the Catholic Church faced yet another bombshell that came from the attorney general of Pennsylvania and the damning report of cover-ups, corruption and an evil network of child abuse.  This leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.  I feel disgust, anger and sheer frustration. The amazing work of so many good priests is almost destroyed because of the evil and arrogance of church representatives - and worse - church leaders!  Yes, this will be a difficult time for everyone who calls themselves Catholic.  It's even more difficult to digest as a priest. But, it's very easy for me to say what these priests, bishops and anyone else involved had done is pure evil, and they will have to pay in this life and in the next!   

Because there's so much to say about this topic, I would hope to do a specific show about this issue on my podcast/audiocast, "Shoot the Shiitake with Father Leo."  More importantly, I hope to point to a way to deal with this better in our own lives and in our church.  And yes, I'll be preaching to myself. 

It may also be helpful to re-listen to the episode that I did regarding the former and disgraced Cardinal, Theodore McCarrick. This may help to some degree in dealing with similar related ugly side of the church and her broken priests and leaders.

This week however, my podcast is all about taking questions from fellow pilgrims on the Danube River cruise ship. I scheduled to release this episode before the scandalous news. But it may be providential, simply because there are serious questions but answered in a more lighthearted and easy-to-digest way. I believe these type of interactions are helpful to the many parishioners who have no connection to their priests. This show gives people a chance to get to know their priests, not just as leaders of congregations, but as normal people that struggle like everyone else. Finally, it is these kind of honest conversations that can also help connect priests more realistically to their people. And, THAT keeps a priest grounded in reality!  
























































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