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God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our Message This Morning

It's a beautiful morning here in Northern Illinois. We opened the windows to the fresh breezes early today. We usually go to Mass on Sat. evening, but we were both so tired yesterday...that we waited until this morning. Father Nnaso was back from Peru and it was nice to have him with us again. The homily was a good one. After reading from the Gospel, he started talking about how children around the world are starving. Moms and Dads not able to put food on the table. Some right here in our country, because of parents losing jobs. He spoke of the hunger problem and then went on to say that most of us, in our Parish, have more that we need. Basements, attics, garages, sheds, storage units full of stuff. Things we haven't used for five years or more. We hoard things, store for relatives, never even looking at what we have collected. We continue on buying and buying....just to satisfy a need for more. He said that, individually, we can't change the world. Some of us have money to give to charities. If we don't ....we should try to help just one person. Hunger in America isn't what you might think. A child may technically be eating something but can still be hungry - and thus damaging their IQ and impairing cognitive growth. Perhaps a child's last meal was a bowl or cereal or box of inexpensive noodles. While technically they may have eaten something, it wasn't nutritious enough to help them develop. There are already 12.5 million children at risk for hunger in the U.S. And the recession is expected to plunge 3 million more children into poverty. When you look at the issues surrounding "Children of the Recession" hunger and malnutrition is a huge one … which can have lifelong consequences.So, I came away with the thought of trying to help just one person. Shouldn't be hard to do.


Anonymous said...

This is something we could all strive to do, help at least one person. What a difference we could make if we all did this.

Patti Cakes said...

I love your background!

Gram said...

Unfortunately you don't have to look very far to find someone to help. We had a blurb in our bulletin about stocking our church's food pantry, we have had so many people looking for help. Thank you for the nudge.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That was a good subject the Priest talked of. And it's true. My daughter has been working with St. Vincente De Paul for over ten years and that is usually who we contribute to. She has told me what she sees right here in our town and it is tragic. They are a wonderful organization. They helped my family once when my husband went overseas many years ago and the money didn't come in. It's a long story..and I won't bore you with it...but they are wonderful! Thanks for the nice Sunday post, Balisha!
It is hot here in Southern California. Very hot. It hit 100 today and nearly 9:00 it is still hot. My plant are burning to a crisp. I am hoping my little tomato plant survives...it didn't look too good when I rescued it today..poor thing.

OhioMom said...

Thoughtful and 'right on time' post, many churches in this area not only run soup kitchens but have community gardens.

Balisha said...

Hi everybody,
I think we bloggers are pretty good people. I read blogs that tell of community gardens, and other things dealing with sharing our bounty.It was such a good sermon that I thought I would share it. I was watching the local news...it showed a woman who just got a Habitat Home. The joy on her face told it all.She is a single Mom who just wants good for her children.