Saturday, July 31, 2010


Go within.

Then, reach out.

Try circling your family facing each other to illustrate our globe and one family under God.

After some time, invite the group to turn full circle to the outside.

Reach in.

Reach out.

Pausing to ponder provides rests, recreation and a renewed vigor to confront the world we face daily.

Unless I go within, I go without.


Read on. Reach in. Pause. Breathe deeply.

At the 125th anniversary of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, St. Mary's Prep, and, the Polish Mission at what is called the Orchard Lake Schools at Commerce Road, July 18th, former Vatican leader Edmund Cardinal Szoka suggested that the Seminary go global and invite students from Africa to apply to be formed to be pastors leading communities.

That prayed proposal is another example of pausing and going within, in order to go outside and lift those lost, carry the wounded and warriors, and humans in the womb, provide jobs, house everyone, and bring along those who move more slowly, all with a higher standard of living.

Founded and carried by our founders who went "inside" to thier center, or soul, in order to reach out to build this Nation and its virtues, all of us must carry the heavy cost of commitment and encourage marital fidelity and commitment once more, and grow the domestic and global family.

Holywood images of TV must be confronted when virtues and strengths of patience, commitment and attention fade fast in an instant and 'microwave-able' world that want little, if any engagement in the public square these days.

Clergy of the Children of Abraham, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions meet August 7th in the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center and Museum to explore common elements of Moses, Jesus and Mohamed. Later in the day, they will encourage media to go beyond cursory soundbites and superficial reporting. Call Imam Al-Husainy at 313 729 8035 to join us for conversation, food, exhibits and more.

"An inordinate fest suggests that if we go too deep, endurance, steadfastness, commitment and active engagement in the public square," is required, spiritual guide and retreat leader, the Reverend Kenneth Kaucheck noted, when I ask the Bloomfield Hills Manresa Center pastor what he makes of Hollywood-like glamor of TV today that fosters promiscuity, infidelity and faithlessness.

Going within to better the world outside.

Pausing to ponder. Is there a better way to imagine a better world here at home?

"When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Mt. 6:6)

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