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Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Chances are, you are reading this blog on some electronic device and are reading it from either  the Assumption web site or the Word Press web site.  So, you already grasp the value of the internet and social media.  You have, hopefully, found the balance between too much technology and “just enough.”

I have heard numerous homilies on the dangers of excessive technology use.  How often has our homilist cautioned, “go without the computer for a day,” or “turn off the Smart phones, which aren’t making you smart”?

I agree with these admonitions, in part.  However, I want to present the other side---the good side of technology. Due to a recent injury, I have been side-lined from my usual busy lifestyle.· I have been housebound for longer than I had hoped!· Aside from the frustration this has incurred, there has been a silver lining (albeit ·a very thin one, I have to admit).· I have been able to reflect and pray more this Lent.· I have found my own desert spaces in the quiet of my home office.· I have been able to read more, and I have been able to search the web for spiritual nourishment.· I have to say, I have found it!

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014 21:20
 
Your Lenten Wordle PDF Print E-mail

Ash WednesdayBy Pat Haggerty

If I asked you to do a word association for “Lent,” what might you come up with?  You would probably say things like forty days, sacrifice, Ash Wednesday, purple vestments, fasting, abstinence, Stations of the Cross and journey. There could be numerous others.  In fact, there are.  I did a Google search for Lenten images and came upon several Lenten wordles.  A “wordle” is like a word collage with specific words used focusing on one word or theme.  The words are placed horizontally and vertically in varying sizes, fonts and colors.  It is a visual word splash.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:45
 
Be Perfect PDF Print E-mail

"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48)How often in our lives have we sought perfection? As students we needed to write that perfect paper to get the A we so desperately wanted. As professionals we may have wanted to deliver the perfect presentation so that our evaluations resonated with accolades. Even as parents, we may have tried to raise the perfect child.

It all sounds a bit shallow, doesn’t it? We know that the perfect paper is still in our thoughts waiting to be written. If we had achieved perfection in our writing, then, why continue? No matter how perfect a presentation, there would always be those who found reason to complain. As for the perfect child---well, we know that our role as parents is to help our children grow into caring, loving adults. Perfection has nothing to do with it. We want our children to be happy, not perfect!

 
Present, Sister! PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I suffer from a malady that is shared by many.  It is the “could-a, would-a, should-a syndrome.”  This is often confused with the “if only syndrome.”  However, the former has many more symptoms.  The patient suffers more mental anguish with “could-a, would-a, should-a.”  There is much more introspection and more stress.  It is symptomatic of a Type A individual who analyzes everything and can’t let go.  Whereas, the person experiencing the “if only syndrome” does so for a shorter period of time.  There is a degree of discomfort associated with the illness, and the individual undergoes periods of frustration and concern.  In all honesty, the prognosis for becoming totally free of either illness is not good!

 
The Sixth Sense PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I don’t consider myself a movie buff, but I do enjoy watching a classic movie now and then.  One of my favorites is The Bells of Saint Mary’s starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it is about a parish priest and the sister superior who is in charge of the parish school, St. Mary’s.  One of their students, Patsy, writes an essay about the five senses.  The clincher of her essay was her explanation of the sixth sense---the sense of being or “to be.”  This, to Patsy, was the most important sense.

 
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