Taking a Stand

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“A society that pays protection money is a society without dignity”

All that is necessary
for evil to triumph
is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Just a few days ago, Pope Francis excommunicated the Mafia from the Catholic church.  That’s right!

He visited Calabria, southern Italy, and denounced the Mafia “using the strongest language he has to date” saying, “Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the Mafia, they are not with God.  They are excommunicated!”

As a prelude to this visit, he unflinchingly declared to the Mafia in no uncertain terms, “Hell…awaits you if you continue on this road.”

And then he decided to visit an area where the Mafia tries to portray themselves as upstanding religious men.  It was there in an outdoor mass that he boldly delivered his power-punch message for all to hear.  No apologies.  No side-stepping.  No mincing words. No kidding.  Then he left by helicopter back to Rome.

Can we just all arise and give this man a standing O?  Bravo Pope Francis! Continue reading

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Life with Real Intent

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“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Be not simply good, be good for something.”
Henry David Thoreau

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”                                    Michelangelo

I know, I know. Most of us have hit the post New Year’s resolutions slump, the pre-Spring blahs, and are now riding the daily doldrums escalator wondering if we’re ever going to arrive. While slumps are normal, if we get caught in them for too long, we could lose direction, wandering down avenues that strip us of so much more: joy, energy, inspiration, hope, faith, loss of purpose. Where’s the reward in that?

So, let’s turn it around. If aimless living has no rewards, then targeting each day should get us out of the doldrums and in a better direction. At least a direction. Hows about we take aim at living each day with Intention. Continue reading