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It’s a cloudy day today in Cincinnati. It makes me think of our recent trip to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim California. (It certainly wasn’t cloudy there!) I learned a lesson on the way about our outlook and how that colors our lives.

You see, I stopped for a connecting flight in Chicago, in early March, against my better instincts. Chicago always has unpredictable weather that time of year. And sure enough, the airport was starting to cancel flights right after my arrived, at 7 a.m. Turbulence had damaged the plane I was to board. Flight cancelled. I got rerouted to Denver, but when I got to the gate I saw a major flight delay. I heard of another Denver flight (just behind me) and squeezed my way on-board (there were a few seats left).

Then, as we taxied through pouring rain, and safely took to the air, we went into the clouds. Of course, within a few moments, we broke into bright sunshine. Same place, if you looked on a cell-phone GPS; completely different experiences! Look at the photo below. That’s the “after” photo (the “before” shot is at the top of the page).   JFsunny               

 

 

 

We see clouds overhead in all sorts of moments in our lives—sometimes even pouring rain. But it never is the whole story. The sun is shining above, every day. Maybe we need a little faith to know it’s there, sometimes, but it never fails. I’ll try to apply that to my life for a while—sunshine beyond the clouds. It’s simple enough, but we seldom live like that.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."