January 16, 2009 – A Week for the History Books

Well what is one to do on a cold, snowy, blustery Friday night?  In my case, it is keeping my fingers nimble on my keyboard and pounding out another blog.  This past week was one of the more active weeks on our website, www.maryhoc.org, with 228 pages viewed.  I thank you once again for continuing to use our website and for your compliments on it.  As always, I am happy and willing to post whatever information you have on our site, or if you have any photos from parish events or from our past here at St. Mary’s, I can scan them and post them also.

The eyes of the country and the world will be on Washington D.C. this coming week as Barack Obama becomes our 44th President.  I think given our current situation in our country we have reason to be hopeful that things can begin to turn around, but I think we also need to be realistic in that things certainly will not turn around overnight.  Our prayers need to go not only to our new President, but also to his new administration, the new Congress, and to all of our public servants, that they keep the interests of the people they represent at heart as they tackle  all of the difficult issues facing our country.

The inaguration of our new President will grab most of the headlines this coming week, but this is not the only major event taking place in Washington, D.C.  January 22 will be the 36th annual March for Life.  Thousands of people from all over the country will make their voice heard for the cause of the dignity of human life.  Of course most of us cannot attend this event, but there are many other things that we can do as Catholic citizens.  On the homepage of our website I put a link to the Respect Life Ministry of our diocese.  This website has information about things we can do such as writing to our representatives, etc. in order to make our voice heard.  You can also go to the website www.usccb.org, and on the left hand side you can click on the “Life Issues” tab, and there is information on the church’s stance on all life issues, not just abortion.

No matter if we have a computer or not, or if we type a blog or not, there are a couple of things we can do as Catholics to promote the cause of pro-life: we can of course pray for those who have been disregarded by our society and for a change of heart for those who de-value life, and we can be good witnesses in the decisions we make.

Finally, we celebrate the holiday of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday.  Dr. King provided great lessons for all of us in his speeches.  There is one speech in particular that I share with my religion class every year.  It was not one of his more well-known speeches.  It was a speech he gave to a group of junior high school students about six months before his assassination, and it provided a good guideline for all of us to live by.  Here are a couple of excerpts from the speech:

“Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness.  Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody.”  “And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it.”  “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.  If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail.  If you can’t be a sun, be a star.  For it isn’t by size that you win or fail.  Be the best of whatever you are.”

Here is a link to read the full text of this speech:


Enjoy the historic week ahead, and I hope that we thaw out in the coming days!  Peace.


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