ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
474 Yalick Road - PO BOX 802
DALLAS, PA 18612
The next issue of the GOOD NEWS will be the
April 2015 issue. The deadline for all submissions will be Noon on Sunday, March 15.
Please remember that items for the Saturday and Sunday bulletins are due in the church office
by Noon on Thursdays.
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Please remember to ask permission from the person you are placing on the prayer list.
Pray for the Congregations of
St. James, Hobbie and St. Peter, Hughestown.
Pray for Shut-In Members: Margrit Hislop, Bruni Bayer, Jean Franklin.
Pray for those suffering illness:
Members: Flo Belenski, Julia Crispell, Maryan Daily, Dick Glass, Colin Grube, Hank Henry,
Doris Mae Hughey, Marge Johnson, Barbara Kessler, Chuck Koup, Dolores Leehan, Olivia Marquart,
Jan Martinchak, Vic McCarty, Cheryl Myers, Cathy Policare, Irene Pritchard, George Pyle,
John Reishus, Tabitha Walters, Betty Weaver, Bertha Williams, Justin Yost.
Family & Friends: Doreen Balandis, Veronica Bashaw, Anita Bray, Amy Bush, Martha Cease, Alicen
Cheshire, Joy Daulbert, Gladys Debesis, Nancy & Bob Decker, Susan Diedrickson, Kay Fairley, Alfred &
Teresa Fiorello, Joe Galardi, Jim Grady, Bob & Jennifer Gums, Audrey Jenkins, Bob Jones, Ronald Kaskus,
Mildred Kelly, Dan Kopen, Elsie Kosmach, Norman Litoski, Jim, Joyce, and Ken Lorah, Alicia Mack, Luana
Maross, Michelle Martin, Phillip Martin, Marilyn & Carl Matthews, Judy McGovern, Barbara Metcalf, Melissa
Prokopchak, Walter Roberts, Rodney Samson, Butch Sandt, Betty Schultz, Niki Cheskiewitz Shotwell, Virginia
Sigler, Peter Jark-Swain, Larry Tinson, Joe Vereb, Kenny Weidner, Elijah Wertman, Gordon Wight, Rita
Zampetti, Bill Zdancewicz, Bobby Zeigler, Rick, Bernie, Kim, and Christopher & family (no last names given).
Pray for military personnel: Brian Bayer, Katie Dale, Brian Rigez, Paul Rigez, Adrianne Rigez, Paul Hiller,
Andrew Hiller, David Dymond, William B. Phillips, Jerry Price, Phillip Miller, Matt Lipo, Joe Walsh, Robert
Stevens, Adam Wendoloski, Joshua Knobel, David Spangenberg, Lt. Commander 04 Shaun McAndrew, Cpl.
Christopher Avery, Major Cindy Ruckno, Major Kevin Andersen, Captain Frank J. Michael, Jr., Daniel Worthington,
Michael Tanner, Stanley Brudnicki, Charles Brudnicki, CDR Chris Petrock, Jason Reed, Ethan Jacobs, Pvt. Kevin Fritzges,
Dustin Siperko, John Feher, Aaron Coburn, Justin Thomas, Specialist Steven J. Martin, Private Esme Molina,
Michael Hoffman, Matthew Yurko, Don Zimmerman.
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CONGREGATION COUNCIL NOTES
- Secretary’s report was accepted as presented.
- Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.
Budget Update: St. Paul's finances as of
*General Fund - does not include Special Appeals or
Mortgage Retirement Phase III Campaign:
1/1/2014 to 12/31/2016: $ 84,204.99
Total Received to Date: $ 34,175.50
Loan Obligation Balance: $365,647.71
Monthly Loan Payment: $ 2,929.88
Worship & Music: World Day of Prayer will be held at St. Paul’s on Friday, March 6 at 1:00 pm.
Guidelines for Funeral and Memorial Services are under discussion. “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday
will be September 13. Worship & Music will provide Lenten meal on March 4.
Christian Education: No intergenerational event will be held at Easter this year. Valentine Breakfast
will be held on February 15. Sunday School teachers will meet with Pastor in the fall to discuss responses
to faith-based questions raised in class. Discussion of children planting in the gardens this spring to be
ready for Anniversary weekend. Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, June 28 through Thursday, July 2.
Long-Range Planning: Discussion focused on how to grow our Summerfest event and the need for
volunteers NOW for planning, especially to chair the Walk; liaison needed between church and other
participants, such as SPCA, Hi-Lites Motor Club, fire departments, &c. Discussion of future goals of the
congregation as they relate to both programs and facilities; ideas requested for a survey to be sent out in
late spring, and how to get the best response to it.
Evangelism: Continuing discussion of how to attract people to St. Paul’s, as numbers are declining as well
as giving. Will continue with the theme of “Come and See” in various events yearlong. Exploring ways of
displaying photos of church events and participants. Also would like to have a greater presence in the
newspapers with photos and stories about church events.
Social Ministry: Discussed Funeral Luncheon procedures; will be revisited at the next meeting. Discussion
of coupon collection for Women’s Resource Center of Susquehanna County. Meetings will continue to be
held on the first Wednesday of each month; time changing to 9:00 am. Health kits for St. Vincent DePaul
were assembled; hypothermia kits will be assembled next month.
Old Business: Plans for 90th Anniversary celebration are progressing; the application information for the
seminary intern has been mailed and received.
New Business: Reviewed Congregational Annual Meeting.
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Meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by Chris Bellezza; hostesses were Cookie Fetterman, Geri Williams,
Cynthia Mahalick, and Marge McCarty. Marge led devotions on a theme of “Mardi Gras” and ended with the
Secretary’s report was read and approved as presented. Our treasurer, Ruth Ide, was not present so January
and February reports will be given in March.
Card chairperson Lois Gdovin gave a verbal report of all the church members who recently received cards.
February birthdays included: Nancy Lamberton (2/6), Lois Gdovin (2/14) and Connie Borchert (2/18).
Old Business: Waiting for installation date for Narthex Carpet. Dorcas will provide Lenten meal on February 25.
New Business: Question was asked if the Telephone Squad could be used to let Dorcas members know
when another member is ill and/or hospitalized; following discussion it was decided that this was a good
idea and it will be implemented. Following discussion it was decided to keep the way of picking hostesses
as it is written in the by-laws: drawing of names in December; three hostesses per month except for December
which will have four.
Next meeting will be March 10 at 1:00 pm.
Carol Fett, Secretary
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We remember Jean Bitchko, aunt of Kathy Michael, who passed away in early February.
We also remember Rolland Ide, brother of Bradley Ide, who passed away the second week of February.
May God comfort all who mourn.
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FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God does amazing things for us in baptism: gives us a new birth into a living hope, delivers us from
sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus, unites us with all the baptized in the one body of Christ,
anoints us with the Holy Spirit, and joins us in God’s mission for the life of the world. Which of these
gifts are you particularly aware of or thankful for? Which of these gifts seems least intimate or critical to you?
Our Lenten repentance is a return to our baptism and God’s action for and promises to us. This year for
Lent, why not adopt a faith discipline that celebrates the gift that matters most to you and one that nurtures
and encourages you in the one that seems more remote to you. Either way, the promises and action of God
are for you.
In baptism’s covenant,
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“HAVE TWO” LAUNCHES
Our brothers and sisters of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingston, are beginning a new ministry: a coat
closet project. “Have Two Closet” takes its cue from the passage in John’s gospel about John the Baptist’s call
to repent. When the people asked how to do this he said, among other things, “If you have two coats, give
one away.” The congregation is collecting coats to give away to the needy of our region, and we can help by
contributing coats to the coat closet. Call the church at 570 287-9067 or email them at email@example.com
for information or a pick up.
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“We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.”
-- Simone Weil
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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is a global movement
of Christian women joined together to observe a
common day of prayer.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas,
is pleased to host a World Day of Prayer Service
for the Back Mountain area
on Friday, March 6, at 1:00 pm.
This year’s worship celebration was written
by the women of The Bahamas.
For this celebration, please wear
your brightest and most colorful clothing.
Both men and women are invited to attend.
More information is available
on the table in the Narthex
or by visiting www.wdp-usa.org.
If you have questions, please contact
Alice Baer either by phone or email
(570-333-5407 or )
or the church office at 570-675-3859.
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MIDWEEK LENTEN GATHERINGS
What does God’s abundance to us mean for our lives, for our church, for our mission, and for
our future? This is part of what we will explore in our mid-week Lenten Bible study, “Our Stewardship
of God’s Abundance”. We’ll look at scripture, reflect on its message for us, and then hear of ways that
we and other local churches live out our mission in light of our stewardship of God’s abundance.
We – St. Paul’s and St. Luke Reformation – begin at 6:00 pm each Wednesday through Lent with a
light supper provided by a group from our congregations. We’ll begin our study at 6:45, and then go
into the sanctuary for a service of Evening Prayer designed around the same themes at 7:30. There
will be fellowship, good food, learning, worship. It will be a time to rest in the Spirit, be inspired by
the Word, enjoy the company of friends, and lift our prayers to God. We’ll see you there.
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ANOTHER WAY TO OBSERVE LENT
Meanwhile, we gather Monday evenings according to a similar schedule with churches of what some
call the Back Back Mountain area. A soup supper at 6:00 pm is followed by a Bible Study presentation
by the host pastor on the Old Testament reading for the following Sunday worship at 6:45, ending
about 7:30 pm. We host the gathering March 2, and the following weeks’ gatherings will be at Maple
Grove United Methodist Church in Pikes Creek March 9, Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church
in Lehman March 16, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Lake Silkworth March 23.
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LUTHERANS AT WORK IN THE WORLD
The ELCA Global Links - March 2015 edition shares some good news about our work in some of the
world’s most difficult situations. With more aid planned the ELCA, working with partners including its
companion churches in Liberia and Sierra Leone, has provided $275,000 in aid for those affected by Ebola.
The disease has had a “devastating impact” on the lives of many people, particularly women and children, said
Vitaly Vorana, program director for Lutheran Disaster Response.
Meanwhile, working with ACT Alliance members Hungarian Interchurch Aid and the Russian Orthodox
Church, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing food, water, blankets, diapers and hygiene kits to
approximately 20,000 refugees and other people who have fled from the conflict in the Donetsk and
Lugansk regions of Ukraine. As partners, with each contributing even a little, your support of ELCA
Global Missions, Disaster Response, and Hunger Appeal goes a long way in changing the world for some
very needy people. Thank you.
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“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”
-- Paul E. Billheimer
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CAMP EVERGREEN FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
Camp Evergreen is a summer camp for children suffering bereavement. Begun in our region, it has
grown and now takes place at Camp Fowler in Orefield, in the Lehigh Valley area. This special camp
July 24-26 for children ages 8-16 who have suffered a loss has been very helpful to many who have
experienced it over the years. It is free of charge for those who qualify. If you know of someone who
might benefit from Camp Evergreen, have questions, or would like to know more about volunteering,
you can contact Lutheran Home Care & Hospice at 1 888 882-4530. Registration deadline is June 26.
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PENNY WAR CONTINUES
Our annual Lenten “Penny War” started on Ash Wednesday and will continue until Easter Sunday.
The “penny jug” is in the same familiar place, on the table between the Narthex and Social Hall. Pennies
do not need to be wrapped, but if they are, please place them in the basket next to the jug. After Easter
the pennies will be counted and then sent to the Commission on Economic Opportunity to help fight
hunger in the Wyoming Valley.
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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
The Pantry is in need of the following types of items:
cereal of all kinds, Jell-O, pudding mixes, juices, hot chocolate mix, tea & coffee.
These items represent an ongoing need at the pantry. Please remember to check the “use by” dates.
You may place your donation in the shopping cart in the hallway just outside of the Social Hall.
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“Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will.”
-- Abraham Lincoln
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COUNTDOWN TO DETROIT
The assignments for housing and week’s schedule have been announced for our group going to
Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering, “Rise Up Together” this summer. We are very fortunate
to be staying downtown in a hotel in the heart of our activities at the Cobo Convention Center and
Ford Field. And our first day will be in the convention center, our second day will be our day of
service in the Detroit metro area, and the final day will be our day with our fellow Northeastern PA
Synod youth. Meanwhile, our Getting Ready sessions continue and we have set up a display in the
Narthex of some of our Getting Ready projects and other pictures and items of interest. Thank you
for your support of our youth and their participation in this important event in their faith life.
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NINTH ANNUAL FLOWER FUNDRAISER
Tired of this nasty winter? Think spring and pick up a flower order form in the Narthex! We are offering a
great selection of beautiful bedding plants, hanging plants and potted plants all very reasonably priced and
grown locally as Sirak’s Greenhouses in Muhlenberg. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit the
ministries of St. Paul’s.
Order forms will be available starting March 8 and the deadline to place your order will be Sunday, April 19.
Orders will be ready for pickup on Friday/Saturday May 8 & 9 (just in time for Mother’s Day) right here at
St. Paul’s. If you would like an order form mailed to you or if you have any questions, please contact Carol
Fett at 570-675-3144 (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ruth Ide at 570-639-5166.
Your help is needed in order to make this fundraiser successful. Tell your friends and relatives, or better yet,
give them an order form!
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When your years ripen, it may be consoling to know some Patriarch or Matriarch who thinks
you’re still a “young ’un”.
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PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Brotherhood Roast Beef Dinner
Saturday, April 11
Dorcas Rummage/Bake Sale
Friday and Saturday
May 1 & 2
Watch for more details in the April “Good News”!
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BEAR CREEK CAMP “CAMPERSHIPS”
Parents, will your child(ren) be attending Bear Creek Camp this summer? St. Paul’s provides
camperships to all child members if they attend camp. Please contact our treasurer Carol Fett in
order to receive your campership. She can be reached at 570-675-3144 or email email@example.com.
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Please use the order form and payment envelope included with this newsletter to place your
order for Easter lilies that will be used to decorate the church on Easter Sunday. Please note that
the deadline to place your order is Sunday, March 15.
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Daylight Saving Time begins at
2:00 am on Sunday, 8 March, so remember to set your clocks ahead one hour!
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If the Lord Jesus Christ has washed you in his own blood and forgiven you all your sins, how
dare you refuse to forgive yourself?
-- Francis MacNutt
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GRG MEETS AT ST. PAUL’S
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a support group which provides an opportunity for grandparents
to gather and discuss common issues and concerns ranging from legal custody to educational concerns to
general child rearing issues, will meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
The March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18. Child care is provided; please call the
church office (570-675-3859) to register.
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DO YOU KNOW YOUR HYMNS?
(continued from last newsletter)
The Gossip’s Hymn
“Pass It On”
The Electrician’s Hymn
“Send The Light”
The Shopper’s Hymn
“Sweet Bye and Bye”
The Realtor’s Hymn
“I’ve Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop”
(from Gail Ide via email, 11/12/14)
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Botanists say that trees need the powerful March winds to flex their trunks and main branches,
so that the sap is drawn up to nourish the budding leaves. Perhaps we need the gales of life in the
same way, though we dislike enduring them. A blustery period in our fortunes is often the prelude
to a new spring of life and health, success and happiness, when we keep steadfast in faith and look to
the good in spite of appearances.
-- Jane Truax
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HEALTH MINISTRY UPDATE
I realize that you are hearing about measles everywhere but I cannot emphasize the importance of vaccines.
Yes, I am thinking about myself. I’ve never had measles, chicken pox or mumps. If you go to
www.CDC.gov/vaccines , you will see a block titled Immunization Schedules. After clicking there you
will see in the middle of the page a whole segment on For Everyone. There you will find links to schedules
for all ages. You can find a copy on our Revolving Circular Library in color. FYI, because of the
weather I didn’t take down the extreme cold weather information.
Another highly respected site is Immunization Action Coalition where there is good information on
measles. Their web site is www.immunize.org . Make sure you click on For the Public tab on the top then
click on view all under DISEASES on the right near the bottom. Then click on Measles. This will take you
to a lot of information especially under More Measles Information on the far right side near the bottom. Click
on Measles Q&A and Measles Fact Sheet (a copy of each is also on our Revolving Circular Library).
In Love and Service,
Gail Ide, BSN RN
Your Parish Nurse Coordinator
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ASSSISTING MINISTERS NEEDED!
Pastor Grube will conduct a training session on Sunday, March 22 during the Sunday School hour for
all those who have expressed an interest in service St. Paul’s as Assisting Minister. Anyone who is interested
may attend, and welcome! If you are interested but are not able to attend the session on the 22nd, please call
Frank Mariano at 570-401-9611.
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SOCIAL MINISTRY ASKS FOR YOUR HELP!
The Social Ministry committee will be giving cookies for Easter to members of our congregation to
show our care and concern for those who are unable to attend services. We are asking our members to
bake about two dozen cookies for our project. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the Narthex. Please
deliver the cookies to the church prior to 9:00 am, Friday, March 27. We would also appreciate extra
help in assembling and delivering the cookie containers.
Social Ministry continues to request diaper coupons for the Women’s Resource Center in Montrose.
Additionally, we received a request that the clients at the Women’s Resource Center would appreciate
receiving cleaning supplies, paper products, trash bags,&c. As you shop for your groceries, please consider
picking up an additional provision of your favorite product. A basket for your gifts is on the floor next to
the table in the hallway. Thank you.
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THE WAITING GAME
Life involves lots of waiting. We wait in groups, in lines, in cars. We wait for packages, for the bus,
for the sun to rise. We wait in doctors’ offices, at the post office, at the DMV. Waiting implies we’re
at someone else’s mercy, but it’s also usually linked to hope. Perhaps that’s why Paul Tillich called
waiting a metaphor for faith. Why would one wait if there weren’t the firm belief that the object of one’s
wait will eventually materialize?
Waiting can be ennervating, which is why Isaiah 40:31 is so promising: “They who wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength.” Yet waiting is tough if you have nothing to do while waiting. That’s why Jesus,
when talking about waiting, also talked about working -- work for the night is coming. Sometimes it’s less
tiring to work than it is to wait.
There’s a lot of waiting during Lent. You’re waiting for a payoff. You’re waiting for the Resurrection.
You’re waiting for spiritual growth. And then you realize this isn’t waiting at all. It’s life. It’s joy.
It’s opportunity. It’s blessing.
-- Timothy Merrill
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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District continued its “Adopt-a-Family” Program in Susquehanna
County during 2014. This is our cooperative outreach ministry with the Women’s Resource Center of
Susquehanna County to the families in Susquehanna County. In this ministry, the Mission District supports
the mission of the Women’s Resource Center to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy,
education, and social change.
As our part in this ministry, the Mission District provides a $200 monthly funding source to families
through the WRC and birthday and Christmas gifts to mothers and children of families in Susquehanna
How has the Adopt-a-Family Program had an impact upon the families in Susquehanna County? Here
are a few anecdotes which may answer that question:
One mother stated that her children would not have had any Christmas gifts, if not for the presents
from the Mission District.
Another mother cried when she saw all of the gifts that the Mission District presented to her children
and when she was informed that the gifts came from a loving and caring community.
Another mother was grateful that through the donated gifts from the Mission District, her children
would learn the value of giving to others.
These are just some of the examples of the impact that the Adopt-a-Family Program, through your time,
efforts, contributions and gifts, has had on the families in Susquehanna County. The WRC and the
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District thank you on behalf of all the women and children whose lives
were made a little easier during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
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Lent is like a long “retreat” during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice
of God ... using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God, and penance. In this way
we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our baptism.
-- Pope Benedict XVI
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In the Mailbag
Letters from Us
Thank you to everyone who remembered my birthday! Thank you for the many cards and phone
calls I received on my 83rd birthday, they are deeply appreciated.
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Dear Friends of St. Paul’s,
Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, and cards. We appreciate everything you do for Vic and me.
The cookies you sent put a big smile on his face. Thanks again for your kindness.
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Thank you to the Social Ministry for the delicious Christmas cookies. Since I wasn’t up to baking
this year, they were really appreciated. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.
Cathy (Susan) Policare
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By reading the Scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me.
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged
with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
-- Thomas Merton
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We begin to pray, believing that it is our own initiative that compels us to do so. Instead,
we learn that it is always God’s initiative within us.
-- Pope John Paul II
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