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Was the Priest really surprised?

The Baptism of the Lord
This is a big deal in Christianity’s early history. Two days ago, January 13, 2019.

Was the Priest really surprised?

While delivering his Sermon a few days ago, he reached a point where he asked the entire congregation, “Are you on fire?

Crickets.

He asked a second time.

A few crickets woke up, but an overwhelming lack of outward expression.

Leaning over, i asked my Family, “Would you have been embarrassed if i had shouted?”

“Yes.”

In a generally conservative, subdued Catholic Mass, it’s challenging to expect an audience to go from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye.

So Father John’s surprise surprised me.

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So the Catholic Priest wipes out his iPhone at Mass

Catholic Priest using technology
Father Benjamin wiped out his iPhone while delivering the Homily yesterday.

 

What inspired me about Father Benjamin using his iPhone to read some scripture to support his Homily was how untraditional it was.

There had to be older parishioners who gasped.

You know, “Kids these days with their devices, blah, blah, blah.”

Yeah, and adults these days with their divorce rates, obesity, and hypocrisy.

Anyway, Father Benjamin’s passion for his message yesterday resonated with a 59-year old Dad in the very back row.

 

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Dear Son

Operationalize your personal culture with traditions

Orlando Disney Keynote Speakers
April 2011.

 

Operationalize your personal culture with traditions.

This is a concept i learned at Disney.

You can be intentional about designing your organizational culture.

If you’re not intentional then your culture is heavily influenced by random and unintentional things, people, and events.

In 1999 we volunteered to deliver “Food For Families” on Thanksgiving morning. One month later we did it again on Christmas morning.

As we entered the new millennium, we discovered that we could volunteer again on Easter morning.

So here we are, Easter morning 2018, about to head out to do what we always do on Easter morning.

 

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Delivering Food For Families this Thanksgiving morning

Epcot parking lot row marker
So coincidental that we parked in this row (16, as in the number of volunteer years) at Epcot yesterday.

 

Delivering Food For Families this Thanksgiving morning. We began doing this in 1999, the year before our son was born. We then did it on Christmas morning 1999, and Easter morning 2000. Those are the three times each year it’s offered.

Our son was born later that year, 2000, and we’ve been doing this three times a year for 16 years.

Each of the 48 mornings seem so insignificant by themselves.

Note: We missed this past Christmas due to a Family visit in Pennsylvania.

 

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The aha moment arrived quietly yesterday

Time flies
Three days ago. Photo: Cheryl Noel

 

Dear Son, i finally figured out why we hug everyday after school (in the parking lot) before getting in the car. And why we’ve done it everyday for the for the past 13 years.

So you could start understanding how important it is to have things you can count on no matter what.

Remember yesterday’s storm and how we ran to the car in the rain?

Remember last night the final thing i did was enter your room in the dark and kinda crush you with a hug as you were trying to fall asleep?

Better late than never.

Some things are not worth missing a single day.

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