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Salutation of the Blessed Virgin
Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mother of God, Mary who art ever Virgin, chosen from Heaven by the most Holy Father, whom He has consecrated with the most holy beloved Son and the Ghostly Paraclete, in whom was and is all the fulness of grace and all good. Hail thou His palace!
Hail thou His tabernacle!
Hail thou His house.
Hail thou His garment!
Hail thou His handmaid!
Hail thou His Mother and all ye holy virtues which by the grace and illumination of the Holy Ghost thou infusest in the heart of the faithful, that from infidels ye mayest make them faithful to God.
Saint Francis of Assis
Chant: The Lord is My Light
Every Friday Br Don and I get bread from a Strack and VanTil's grocery store in Lowell, IN which is about 40 miles away from where we live. We load the truck and bring the bread to Good Shepherd Church in East Chicago and leave enough bread at the Church to serve the people who go there for help. Most of the people we serve do not have cars, they live in dangerous areas and can not get to the church due to the distance. We bring the bread out to the neighborhoods where there is need for help, we open the rear hatch and the people start come out. Next to the bread we place some Bibles, rosaries and pamphlets and if people ask we tell them to please take as much as they need. We have had people ask us to pray for sick relatives, pray with them, pray for them and their families. These are the kind of things I was called for. Serving, feeding, praying, talking and listen to what these people have to say, is inspiring. The experiences I've had there, talking with children, listening to a proud mom as she introduces me to her children, laughing and just the joy of being with people has really opened my eyes. We are commanded to love our neighbors and now that I have experienced that love, I am starting to feel God in my heart and my heart is overflowing with love. I love these people!
Cosmo Knows Secrets
Cosmo is a dog. His owner is Anthony. Cosmo lives with Father Phelps in the apartment attached to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church because Anthony can’t have pets at his apartment. Cosmo lives his life as most dogs, he is just a little spoiled and he is well loved. Cosmo knows secrets! I know that seems like a strange thing to say but let me tell you what I saw.
It was a very warm and muggy Sunday evening in East Chicago Indiana. Evening prayer was finished and we were finishing up serving dinner in the church basement. I guess I must have looked a little haggard because Father Phelps asked me to come upstairs and cool off. No one was waiting to be served and things were winding down so I decided I wouldn’t be missed and joined Father upstairs. I sat down and watched as Father was giving Popsicles (a real treat) to the children from the neighborhood. Well it wasn’t just the children there were some adults too. It’s funny how when an adult gets a treat like that they can light up just like the children do, I had to chuckle to myself at that.
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