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Share with us your 5 year plan

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This topic was inspired by one of our listeners going through stage 4 cancer.  Her doctors keep asking her where she sees herself in 5 years.  So many times when one is going through a major health crisis, the last thing they are thinking about is 5 years ahead.  Yet, it has been found that part of healing is this idea of envisioning a brighter future. Therefore it is good to plan ahead, dream big and see yourself in 5 years.  It can be a healthy exercise.  If someone were to ask you…Where do you see yourself in 5 years or what is your 5 year plan?  How would you answer?  Maybe you want to be in top physical shape, graduate college, or move to another part of the country or world.  Life can be adventurous when we embrace the present moment, but look ahead to exciting things.  Share with us your 5 year plan by calling, 1-833-288-3986.



How Do You Remember to Pray For People?

People ask us all the time to remember them in our prayers. Family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow parishioners. It’s really not humanly possible to call to mind each and every intention when we’re making our daily prayer time. So, what steps do you take to make sure that all of your spiritual bases are covered? Some people keep a written list. Others commend to their prayers the people who ask for them right at the moment they make the request, and leave it to the Lord to include them whenever they pray. What is your way of doing this? Share your take with Jerry and Debbie on Thursday.

One of Jerry’s prayer methods:

  1. Those who pray for and support me in any way.
  2. Those who have asked me to pray for them.
  3. Those for whom I said I would pray.
  4. Those for whom I should pray.
  5. Those who need my prayers.

From listener Lois:

Five Finger Prayer

1.      Your thumb is the nearest to you. So begin your prayer by praying
for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our
loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

2.   The next finger is the pointing fingerPray for those who teach,
instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They
need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them
in your prayers.

3.   The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders.
Pray for the president, leaders in industry and business, and
administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They
need God’s guidance.

4.   The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact
that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It
should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble, or in pain.
They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5.   And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which
is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the
Bible says, “the least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinky should
remind you to pray for yourself.

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To Compliment or Criticize?

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It is so easy in today’s world to find the things that are going wrong in situations, relationships, etc.  We know how to criticize, but do we really understand the powerful healing effects of complimenting? Let’s take inventory of our lives and see if we tend to be more complimentary or critical in our everyday behavior.  Then let’s challenge one another to begin to compliment first before being ready to impart a criticism. This life exercise can be very beneficial in all our interpersonal relationships, plus it really is more Christ-like. Call us with your take on this topic, 1-833-288-3986.

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Putting People on Pedestals

On Tuesday, call with your take about how we often put human beings on pedestals, expecting more from them than they are able to live up to. Those in leadership are surely called to a higher standard when it comes to their lives and their service of others. This includes those who serve in civil, religious and other capacities. But do we tend to think they are “perfect,” that they should make no mistakes, that our faith in the offices or positions they hold should be shaken by their failures? This topic was suggested by a listener, and it should provide for some interesting conversation. Join in by calling 833-288-EWTN.

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Proper Attire For Mass

The Church has no official guidelines on how to dress when attending Holy Mass. However, many pastors and parishes post rules in the vestibule of the Church, reminding people of what may or may not be worn to services. This question has been discussed and debated much over the past few decades, as many Catholics have lost at least some sense of the sacredness of our liturgical celebrations. On Monday, Jerry and Debbie welcome your takes on this hot-button issue. We’re sure there will be a variety of takes on it. Please join us.

Article by Msgr. Charles Pope.

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Have We Lost the Gift of One Another?

The Blessed Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – form a communion of persons. Since man is made in the image and likeness of God, it follows that we are most authentically ourselves when we are living in communion with one another. There is a crisis of that in today’s world. People are isolating themselves in ways never seen before. We often hide behind our gadgets and public profiles, thinking that we are actually inviting people into our lives and entering theirs. But is that really the case? Is it actually possible to have “communion” with others without being in their presence and interacting with them? A few other examples might be online shopping, drive thru food ordering and automation and robots taking the places of many human functions. Call on Friday with your take on where you see all of this going.

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What Do We Turn To In Search of Love?

The only one who can provide us with an authentic appreciation of love is God, who is Love Himself. He loves us unconditionally. But that is sometimes difficult for us to wrap our minds and hearts around. Instead, we look to “creature comforts” to provide us with the security we long for, and that only God can give. What are some of the ways we tend to do this? What are some of the things that people place their hope and trust in rather than almighty God? The possible takes on this topic are limitless. Share yours on Thursday.

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