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Saturday, 30 September 2017

30 September 2017. A Thought from Bishop Lazar Puhalo


The only way you can help to make the world a better place is by starting with the person you see in your mirror. If you can’t make yourself kinder, more compassionate, more open-hearted, accepting, and loving, you have little to offer to the rest of humanity and no hope of helping to make the world a better place.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

Friday, 13 May 2016

13 May 2016. I Was Sick and You Visited Me

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“I was sick and you visited me”… one either incarnates Christ’s example or one is a hypocrite… full stop. Bishop Panteleimon Shatov of Orekhovo-Zuyevo is Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS). He’s an all-round good guy… one of the best. Yet, he personally went to hospitals in Moscow on Christmas (and Easter) to visit with patients, bring them small gifts, and to show Christian compassion (without mawkish sentimentality or showy publicity). This is what the Christian Life is all about. It’s not about peering over the tops of toilet stalls or waving placards…


Saturday, 28 November 2015

28 November 2015. It’s Up to YOU!

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Monday, 3 August 2015

3 August 2015. Read n’ Heed Time… Vox Pop on Charity and Compassion…

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I got this from a friend…

So many people think about being charitable around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, but there are opportunities this time of year, too. The supplies list that schools require now has gotten long. Due to budget cuts, many basics that the school supplied when I was in school decades ago (paper, pencils, etc.) aren’t supplied at all. Teachers often buy many things out-of-pocket. Do some online searching or asking around… are any organisations giving out school supplies in your area? If you can’t find anything, contact your local grammar school. I bet they’d be delighted to get donations of supplies. Maybe, you could even make it into a parish charity project. If you personally know a family in need, send them a gift card (even anonymously) to help with their children’s back to school expenses. If the family is a member of your parish, ask your priest to serve as the go-between for any donations. Kids are often cruel to have-nots, and even something as simple as having store-brand crayons instead of the name-brand ones can lead to kids being ridiculed and teased. I saw notebooks and folders going for five for a dollar at the big box stores this weekend. Even if someone only has a couple of dollars to spare, every little bit helps, and the sales make your dollars stretch further. Just a thought.

Hear, hear. Bear this in mind… school budgets are in the fix that they’re in because the Republican greedster asshats want to fight wars perpetually… that means that everything else sucks hind tit. The Church SUPPORTS education and social justice… it OPPOSES warmongering, the death penalty, greed, and Me First Crapitalism. Don’t vote for godless Republican nihilists. As for charity and compassion, I’ve heard from reputable sources that it’s contagious… try it, you might like it. You can stand for Justice or you can stand for Greed. Greed (NOT homosexuality… NOT abortion) is the root of all evil. Since the Republicans embody “Greed is Good”, that does give you a hint about what to do. Think on this… BERNIE is the candidate most in step with the Mind of the Church overall… fancy that…


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