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"Lest We Forget...!"

"Lest We Forget...!"

"Lest We Forget...!"

The phrase above is one we adopt and use year in year out to recall with gratitude and solemnity the countless war dead who sacrificed their lives to defend and preserve our freedoms
 

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Heaven is Full of Legos

Heaven is Full of Legos

The other day my 5 year old announced that he didn’t want to go to heaven. That’s problematic for several reasons, mainly because of the salvation of his soul, but as Catholic parents we teach him that heaven is our ultimate goal. We talk about how the saints are in heaven with God and therefore we want to be a saint, too.

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Catholic "Jihad"

Catholic "Jihad"

We've all heard time and time again of so-called "jihad" concerning Islamic fundamentalism and its ideological links to tyrannical radical Islamic terror.  But "jihad" is really about declaring "war" on self - i.e. self-mortification; self-denial; self-control etc. in order, fundamentally to be a better person, to be a more rounded human being. Selfless, more compassionate and considerate and full of humility, which as CS Lewis wisely said, is not about "thinking less of oneself but thinking of oneself less."

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Caught Between Heaven and Earth: A Reflection on Death

Caught Between Heaven and Earth: A Reflection on Death

In what seems like a lifetime ago, I used to work as a youth minister for a Church. In my last few years there I had a girl in youth group, shy with braces, who was pushed by her parents to attend with her sister and step-sister. She came on retreats and mission trips and I saw a beautiful young woman start to emerge, but I lost contact with her in my whirlwind of birthing babies. Last week I received the news that at the age of 21, she died in a car accident.

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An Academy of Truth and Freedom

An Academy of Truth and Freedom

Marriage is the only school where you get the certificate before you start. It’s also a school where you will never graduate.

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SWSWSW-N

SWSWSW-N

You're probably thinking what on earth do the letters above mean? Is it a typo?


I heard this on the news on the radio this morning. It is the working motto of the chief executive of a call centre. This is his mantra to his staff who are trying to generate new customers by phoning them up.  When the other person either puts the phone down, ends the call abruptly or is just not interested, he wants them to go through this thought process.

So what does SWSWSW-N mean?

“Some will, some won't. So what! Next.”

In other words, it's the philosophy that says, "if at first, you don't succeed, try, try and try again. In the words of Our Lord, “shake the dust from your feet."

So, when despite all your best efforts to achieve something important by persuasion, advocacy or persistence, you just don't get anywhere, then SWSWSW -N might be a useful mechanism for emotional resilience to obstinacy.

That's not an excuse to give up totally on individuals because the Lord never does, even if He has to wait and wait and wait.

One day we may need patience and forbearance of another. So, let's never give the other an excuse to think SWSWSW-N.

Edmund Adamus

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A Father's Love for His Child

A Father's Love for His Child

I can recall how as an infant my older sisters, whilst reading me bedtime stories, would reassure me on moonlight nights about “the man in the moon” as if to reassure me of an abiding presence of care and protection from above.

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