July 23, 2017

Friends, 

I read a couple of wonderful books lately; “We Were Liars,” a novel by E. Lockhart, and “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity,” by James Martin, a Jesuit priest. I highly recommend both. It is true that we make the time for those things in our life which we choose as priorities. I was thinking about why I enjoy reading so much. I am an extrovert and a people person, so reading forces me to be alone and comfortable by myself and with myself. It also brings a sense of calm into my life. Books can also become friends. If you have a good one, you want to spend a lot of time together and you don't want “the story” to end. I learn a lot about my priorities by the types of books I read. It is a major source of education and information for me and I never want to be complacent in either area. I also owe it to you to keep up to date and to challenge you as well as myself to become all we are capable of being. What a thrill it is to recommend a book to someone knowing they are going to love it and that it could be life altering. Many times after reading a good book or seeing a great movie I realize this may not be my story or my life experience, but it is someone's. If I didn't make myself aware of it, I might not know otherwise. 

The following are some quotes from other books I have read. 

  • “Jesus didn't set out to create an institutional Church that happens to have a mission; he created a mission that happens to have a Church.” 
  • “We Catholics have a great grasp of our tradition but little sense of our history.” 
  • “A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” 
  • “Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.” 
  • “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato 
  • “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
  • “God is not a thought. God is a way of thinking.” Joan Chittister
  • “To love someone is not just a strong feeling - it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.” Erich Fromm 
  • “When bad things happen to a friend, you feel bad for your friend. When something bad happens to one you love though, something bad also happens to you.”
  • “Love is not a moment in time, it is the passage of time.”

People sometimes ask how I find time to read and my simple response is: “I don't watch TV and I don't own a computer or a cell phone.” Enough said.

Enjoy Life! 
Fr. Ron Coyne

 

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