Read the darn manual

Photo of Jimmy Buffett tickets
Four Jimmy Buffett tickets to last night’s concert.


Last Sunday Deacon Jack’s homily was entitled:

Read the darn manual.

When he was in the Navy and something on the Ship broke, he was trained to read the manual and fix it.

Of course the manual he’s referring to was the Bible.

He reminded everyone of the top two referenced concepts in the Bible:

  1. Do not be afraid
  2. Believe

When our life is broken – which is nearly constant – do we remember the top two references in our manual?

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Food for Families.Nov18
Food for Families.Nov18

Where do you volunteer? Presumptuous of me to think you volunteer, right? Maybe. Maybe not.

You do volunteer, don’t you? Not judging anyone, simply assuming everyone does something, no matter how big or how small.

When I look at volunteer opportunities, there are a few criteria:

  1. We do it as a Family
  2. We look for “traditions”
  3. We focus on a learning point
  4. We have to be able to integrate it into our lives

This morning is a perfect example. I’ll be reading as a Lector, and Cheryl will act as a Minister of Holy Communion.

Our son (9) has seen us do this once or twice a month for his entire life.

We also have him place our offertory envelope in the collection plate every week. He knows how much money we give.

When he gets older, we are confident that our actions will instill in him a duty to serve others with his time, talent and treasure.

Do you ever think about the messages you send to your children, or the young people in your lives if you have no children?

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” –Einstein

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Summer Solstice, too.

Little Dovey update, Day 8.

What a blessing to be alive. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂