Just An Ordinary Man

October 23rd, 2015 by

Church IrishCharles M. Irish

7/13/29 – 10/12/15

“My dad, whose life you all have come here tonight to celebrate, and in some way must have touched your lives, was just an ordinary guy. Like you and me. And he would say that if he was here. He just pushed ahead with whatever God gave him or put in front of him. He was bold like that.”

Sounded to me a bit like bold Bartimaeus in Sunday’s gospel reading. “I want to see!”

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“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

October 16th, 2015 by

I’ve got a bone to Annie and FDRpick with you, Annie.

Of course I love Annie. Who wouldn’t love her frizzy-red hair, shining eyes, and her sunny optimism in the face of her life’s cruel disappointments? Even a hardened millionaire and the President of the United States joined her for the moving anthem, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” There was not a dry eye in the Oval Office.

There is one problem, Annie: you’re fictional. And your advice doesn’t always hold.

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THE BIG PICTURE

October 3rd, 2015 by

BIG PICTUREHave you ever made a jigsaw puzzle? When you first start out, you’re wondering how in the world all of these pieces will fit together to look like the picture on the box.  And be honest, don’t you secretly worry until you place the last piece that one might be missing, that somehow someone left out the last piece or someone lost it? As you come down to the finale placements, you’re trying to visualize just how the last ones fit together, to see if the picture before you will actually match the one advertised. Do you find yourself distracted as your attention drifts from the task at hand? Maybe a piece doesn’t fit just as you thought it would, or a piece that you were sure would fit in the corner suddenly proves to be vital for another area of the puzzle.

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