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Recalculating … what the Garmin, the GPS guidance system now used by so many car drivers,  says when you have gone in a direction contrary to its plan.

It reminds me of the recalculating that must be done when there is an unexpected pregnancy.  Working at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northfield, formerly Birthright, I have seen how difficult it can be for the pregnant woman who may have planned to go  to college or her parents who are embarrassed or her boyfriend who doesn’t feel ready for the responsibility.

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“Listen!” is my word for today. 

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At Highview Hills iin Lakeville, a senior living facility, they show a different movie everyday, at 1 and 7 PM, ordering most of them from Netflix. 

Some good ones I have seen lately:  Letters to God, What Would Jesus Do?, Meet John Doe, What If 

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Lectio divina is being encouraged by the church today as a way to better understand Sacred Scripture and as a way to pray.

Dr. Tim Gray is his book Praying Scripture for a CHANGE, An Introduction to Lectio Divina not only gives the rationale behind doing it but explains, very well, practical ways of doing it. 

He also extends the usual four steps of  lectio, meditatio, oratio and contemplatio – reading, meditating, praying and contemplating – to a fifth step : operatio – doing, working or carrying out a practical resolution based on the first four steps.

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The July 2011 issue of Magnificat includes these intercession prayers for Blessed Kateri’s feast day on July 14:

For the whole Church: – instill in all believers the universal vision of the Gospel of salvation.  Response: Fill your people with your praise, O Lord!

For all native peoples to whom the good news of Christ comes clothed in the language of an alien culture: – grant them wisdom in their struggle to reconcile the central values of the Gospel with those of their own culture.  Response.   …

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To find reviews of movies go here:

http://thecatholicspirit.com/category/to-do/movie-reviews/

(mentioned in church bulletin)

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The obvious meditation, since this happened the week before Easter, includes “Parkinson’s is my cross, my husband is my Simon, etc.”  But before I tell more of the story, I would like to recommend a  book called

365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives (more…)

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