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Unexpected Blessings Pt. II

During the course of the past two weeks I have written about the struggles that I have had adapting as an intern. In this post I will focus on the blessings that the Lord lavished on me during these several days. Here are the following blessings

• On Saturday as I facilitating a group leisure activity I saw one of my favorite members, a young vibrant girl of about 9. We just played and romped around the recreation room. We both had fun, I could see it in her eyes as she enjoyed the time that I spent with her. This interaction sort of reminded me of the interaction that a dad has with his children.

• Saturday Night while my sister was visiting I had a special moment with my niece. One of my favorite things to do while entertaining is to make cappuccino, with our special Nespresso Machine and frothier. While I was making the cappuccino my little adorable niece was helping me also. We worked great together; she was able to successfully follow my commands and once again this action gave …

Spitting Glory

5 Interesting Quotes (Including Random Commentaries)

For this post I decided to have some fun so I will be listing 5 interesting quotes with some random side commentaries:

1) "The Orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment."-Malcolm MuggeridgeIt's sad but this quote is true.  Everywhere where you turn sex is being glamorized, publicized, and exploited.   That old adage "Sex sells" is very applicable especially to our current society.  I believe the reason for this is that Satan in his evil genius has sold our world the terrible lie that sex is a viable substitute for a relationship with God.  John Paul II once said (I am paraphrasing) that our powerful sexual feelings are really longings for God."  Unfortunately we live in a world which understands this the other way around.2)"If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?"-Abraham LincolnThis quote best shows the self deprecating humor of our greatest president.  Most psychological research has concluded…

Forgiveness: Going Beyond the Hurt

Last night I had the wonderful privilege of hearing one of my dear friends give a talk about forgiveness and redemptive suffering.   What made the talk so captivating was the powerful personal witness of my friend. About a year ago she while she was working she suffered a freak accident which shattered her pelvis, 3 discs, and left her without the ability to walk normally again.  To make matters even worse this accident was the result of gross negligence of one of her coworkers.   She had gone from a vivacious, active woman, full of hopeful dreams and aspirations, to a woman who could barely stand or walk.  In a cruel twist of fate she also related to us how her doctor told her that she would most likely never be able to have children.  She spoke about how the Lord had given her the grace to forgive, but still despite the grace she still had to make the fundamental decision to decide each and every day to forgive.  Despite her terrible ordeal she also spoke how her suffering united he…

Leadership Lessons from a Former President

I recently completed president George W. Bush's book Decision PointsIt was a fun and captivating read. The book chronicled 14 key decisions that President Bush made in his life.  The decisions ranged from the personal; like his decision, to quit drinking alcohol to the presidential; like his decision to pass the controversial economic rescue package Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)  The book is a must read for critic or fan alike and any student of leadership. The book provides an excellent and accurate portrayal of the unique challenges of the presidency.  This is my favorite quote from the closing pages of the book and I think it reflects perfectly President Bush's stoic demeanor,

"It's too early to say how most of my decisions will turn out.  As president, I had the honor of eulogizing Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.  President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, once regarded as one of the worst mistakes in presidential history, is now viewed as a selfless a…

January Phony Catholic of The Month Revealed!

Ever since I began my blog in April 10' I have showcased famous Catholics who have wavered from their faith. Some previous recipients of this dubious honor have been Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Fr. Raymond Gravel and others. Last month I showcased Fr. Downing and his continued efforts to undermine church authority.  For this month it was very difficult for me because I was forced to choose a person whom I generally admire and respect greatly.  To find out who it is click here...



I am a loyal fan of Bill O'Reilly.  I admire his no nonsense, honest, and thoughtful news reporting.  For years I have been a regular viewer of his program, The O'Reilly Factor, and I have even purchased three of his books, but when he said this in response to a comment by a viewer I was greatly distressed,

"I'm absolutely factually correct when I say a fetus is a potential human being and no one can deny that.  I respect your opinion but until you become a Supreme Court Justice, it remains …

Recapturing the Magic of A Snow Day

I remember those magical memories of times past where my brothers and I would awake excited, and run towards our living room window to see if the promised snow had arrived.  After seeing the snow we would turn on the radio to hear those words every kid desires to hear, "School is closed!" Once we would hear those words we would hurriedly bundle up, go outside and begin throwing ourselves on the snow.  To us a snow day was the closest thing to heaven.

Snow days were always special to us growing up. There was something inherently enchanting how those powdered flakes would fall from every direction,  how we would build snow men, glide on our sleds, have intense snow ball fights, all topped off by the never ending aroma of hot chocolate in our mother's kitchen.  For us snow was much more than just a meteorological phenomena, snow to us was the perfect embodiment of reckless joy and innocence.  Snow allowed us to be most ourselves, children.

Now when I think of snow that innoc…

Going Past Our Comfort Zones

First off it has been a strange week.  As I have mentioned in my previous two blogs, The Beginning of a New Journeyand Unexpected Blessingsthis past week I began my 6 month internship.  It has been a very difficult week as I am just beginning to adjust to this internship. The commute is brutal as I usually spend close to three hrs a day on the road which leaves me severely time deprived.  As a consequence of this deprivation I have not been able to write as regularly as I used to.   It has been frustrating because writing for this blog has been a great joy for me.  I have been so blessed to use this forum as a way of communicating my thoughts, opinions, and reflections of my life.  I have been also privileged to have a regular audience which has allowed me to share my life with them.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog, it means the world to me.  I am asking for you all to remain patient as I seek to adjust to my new life.

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Unexpected Blessings Day 1

Today as I wrote in my previous blog, The Beginning of a New Journeymarked the beginning of my 6 month internship.  It was a long and tiring day, but despite my feelings of fatigue the Lord in his kindness blessed me in the following ways:

The traffic going there particularly Rt 287 North was not bad at all.  I was actually able to get to my site 50 minutes early.  This gave me just enough time to recite morning prayer and to catch some much needed shudder eye.In one of the sessions that I was observing I was blessed to work with a special needs child. The kid looked just like a cross between Ralphie from A Christmas Story and the kid from Jerry McGuire. My activity was simple I was supposed to help to create a snowman out of basic arts and crafts materials.  In the end we created a pretty cool snowman complete with a paper mache scarf, colored cotton balls for buttons, glittery snowflakes, and a sculley hat to boot.  I definitely believe that we created the best snowman of the group.�…

The Beginning of A New Journey

This past New Year's Eve I handed in my UPS uniform which marked the end of my journey as a temporary worker.  During my brief tenure there I had gained much. My self esteem soared, it felt great wearing that "brown" uniform, my moods were much more stable and most importantly I was making money, and working a normal day. There is something psychologically hardwired into a man to be a provider.  I don't know if this feeling comes from the caveman days, regardless making money gave me a purpose and a fulfillment that I needed for my psyche.  I am grateful for that alone, for this short taste of financial security.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at UPS,  but now I close that chapter and embark on a new and more challenging journey for the upcoming 6 months.

Tomorrow I will begin my 6 month internship as a music therapist.  This is the last and most challenging leg of my college journey; after this I will finally earn my diploma.  For 4 years I have…

Some highlights from my holiday hiatus

It feels great to be back from my Holiday break and to resume what I love doing,writing.  After not writing for what felt like an eternity I was beginning to exhibit symptoms of writing withdrawal.  I was irritable, (sorry Renee), had recurring nightmares of porcelain dolls with knives, and I even began singing the theme songs of 80's sitcoms.  (For aural torture click on the links to hear two of my favorites, The Golden Girls, and Who's the Boss)  I was on the precipice of agony; the longer that I did not write the worse it got, nothing could save me but writing, my wifey, and the Jewish Carpenter from Nazareth.  In this post I will briefly list some of the highlights from my hiatus.  Here are the highlights:

We were snowed in for nearly two days during the blizzard.  It was pretty romantic, we cuddled under our Christmas Tree, drank hot cocoa and watched  re runs of Seinfeld and The Office.   I even got the opportunity to be a hero for my wife by fixing our electric fireplac…