Friday, May 22, 2015

An Ecumenical and Interfaith Approach to Anti-Hunger Efforts in North Carolina

(Bread for the World members around the country are dedicated and creative in the ways they promote an Offering of Letters. We saw this with Cathy Brechtelsbauer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota;,Ed Payne and the leadership team in Minneapolis-St. Paul;Beth Lepinski in Appleton, Wisconsin (and the Coral Gables, Florida,  United Church of Christ); the leadership team in Indianapolis, and Lucretia Tippit and her team at All Saints Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. To the list, we add the efforts of grassroots team in North Carolina).

The Bread for the World convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a collaborative effort, with a couple dozen  churches, businesses, faith organizations joining with Bread to put on this big anti-hunger event at Highland United Methodist Church on March 28. More than 200 people from different corners of North Carolina attended the event, which included a panel discussion entitled "Responses to Hunger from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions"

A central theme of the event was Feed Our Children, Bread for the World's 2015 Offering of Letters, (generating 223 letters to House and Senate members from North Carolina). The discussion touched on many aspects of hunger in the United States and in North Carolina.

The keynote speaker was Gene Nichol, professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. Nichol addressed the overwhelming statistics that dominate the poverty culture of North Carolina.

Other prominent speakers also offered significant insights, including Bread for the World President David Beckmann ; Jill Bullard, executive director of Inter Faith Food Shuttle; and Rev. Steve Hickle, Faith Outreach Director of Stop Hunger Now. See this link for full lineup.

Kiara, Miles and Terrance Ruth
Featuring Two 2010 Hunger Justice Leaders
Bread activists Terrance and Kiara Ruth, graduates of the 2010 Hunger Justice Leaders training, also spoke of  had speaking roles at the convention.. "I highlighted the link between hunger and education, said Terrance Ruth, who is principal at AMIkids Infinity in Raleigh.

"I discussed how my school of suspended high school students is filled with the same demographics year after year," said Ruth, who also serves as school and policy education and communication Specialist at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. We have minority male, criminal history, poor, and academically struggling students on free lunch.  Read more thoughts about Terrance Ruth's thoughts on education and society in his series of  Letters to My Son, which describe the  reality of African-American students and express hope as Miles grows up

Kiara Ruth also addressed the Bread event, speaking about her direct experience with food stamps in her home state of Arkansas.  

The Hunger Justice Leaders program not only helped strengthen the commitment of Terrance and Kiara to anti-hunger and social justice efforts, but it also brought them together.  Read more in Bread Blog from freelance writer Patricia Bidar.

Bread member Bryan McFarland, whose band Jacob's Join has performed at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina 2012, provided the music for this year's Bread event in Raleigh.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Why is Kathy Chavez Wearing a Red Nose on Facebook?

Have you noticed lately that Kathy Chavez has been wearing a red clown nose on Facebook? The red nose not only fits with her personality as an all-around fun person, but it also demonstrates her commitment to addressing global poverty.

Kathy happens to be an Albuquerque-based peer advisor for New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps, and Oxfam America is one of the twelve organizations that will benefit from the first-ever Red Nose Day telethon in the U.S.A.

Even though this is the inaugural Red Nose Campaign here in our country, Comic Relief U.K. has held a Red Nose Day event in Britain for several years to raise money for organizations that work with underprivileged children at home and around the world. In fact, Red Nose Day has become the top television fundraising event in the UK.

The U.S. telethon will air on NBC (Channel 4 in Albuquerque) on Thursday, May 21, beginning a 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time (For other communities, check your local listings). The show will feature stand-up comedy, parodies, sketch comedy, musical performances and short films about the cause. Red Nose Day encourages viewers and participants to “Have fun, raise money and change lives.” 

The U.S. Red Nose Day will benefit a dozen organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, charity: water, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund, LIFT, National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Oxfam America, Save the Children, and United Way.  Here is a promo from NBC featuring actress Gina Rodriguez.

Red Noses at the Corrales Growers Market
 Kathy has been wearing the red nose to prompt her friends and acquaintances to watch the telethon. She also wore the prop at the Corrales Growers market, where she and other NM Oxfam Action Corps volunteers posed with merchants to bring attention to the telethon. "I've had a lot of fun with this," said Kathy.

Local New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps volunteers have also joined the Twitter campaign to promote #RedNoseDay. "Walgreens and Lift retweeted one of my tweets," said Kathy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Skit on Child Nutrition Produces 60 Letters at All Saints Lutheran Church in Albuquerque

Image from OpenClipArt
(There are all sorts of creative ways to promote an Offering of Letters to members of  a congregation. The planning team at All Saints Lutheran Church in Albuquerque has been using skits to encourage people in the pews to stay of the the service to write to Congress. The team prepared skits in 2012 for the campaign on the Earned Income Tax Credit and in 2014 around food aid reform.

For 2015, Lucretia Tippit, Diana Lewis and their team created the skit below to encourage members to write letters to our members of the House and Senate urging them to protect and strengthen child nutrition programs. Rev. Pat Green, offered the sermon period on Sunday, April 19, for the Offering of Letters team to present the skit. The effort yielded 60 letters to Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lujan.  In addition, eight children wrote letters on paper plates). 

Bulletin insert for 2015 Offering of Letters
Script for 2015 Offering of Letters Skit

Cast: Senator Freeman, Sally the Senator’s Aide , Woman reading letter

Aide: Senator Freeman, tomorrow is the vote on the child nutrition programs reauthorization. You know, the school lunch program, WIC, summer feeding programs. How have you decided to vote?

Senator: (Hand on forehead) Sally, I am confused. I thought we voted on the food stamps last fall. Anyway, I understand that with the economy improving like it is, hunger isn’t such an issue now.

Aide: Senator, there are still 16 million children in the U.S. who are hungry. That’s one in five families who struggle to put food on the table. These food programs have to be reauthorized. Our own state is one of the poorest in the country. You’re up for reelection next year remember.

Senator: How can I forget? But these programs are very costly. We can’t ignore budget implications.

Aide: Senator, I’ve been reading through all these letters urging you to vote for reauthorization. But one letter got to me. Would you take the time to read it? It’s from a woman who has experienced hunger firsthand. (Hands senator the letter)

(Senator holds the letter while the woman speaks.)

Dear Senator Freeman,

I am a working mother with 2 children. Aiden is 7 and Leylanie is 9.During the recession I lost my job and was forced to use food stamps. It was a godsend. The food I bought through the SNAP program provided enough to carry us through3 weeks of the month. After that I struggled to find food for us until the end of the month. Sometimes I had to go without anything to eat so my kids wouldn’t go to bed hungry. Thank goodness my children received lunch at school under the School Lunch Program. During the summers things were really difficult until our city began to provide lunches at the playgrounds.

My children still qualify for both breakfast and lunch because the job I have does not pay enough to put us over the poverty line. I don’t like asking for help, but I don’t want my kids to be hungry either. People always think that we’re asking for a handout because we’re on welfare or public assistance. But what we’re really asking for is the opportunity to show them that we’re just like you. We’re smart, we have wants, we have needs, we have dreams. We want the best for our kids. We just grew up in different circumstances. I’m going to night school now and working toward an associate degree. Meantime, our family still needs to rely on the federal child nutrition programs. I hope you will vote to reauthorize them so that my family and others like ours can stop worrying about where our next meal is coming from and stop hearing our children say, “Mommy, I’m hungry.” That’s enough to break any mother’s heart.

Barbie Izquierdo

(Senator puts letter down and looks at Aide.)

Senator: That’s quite a letter, isn’t it?

Aide: It sure is. Does it help you to decide how to vote tomorrow?

Senator: Definitely. We need to reauthorize WIC and increase funding for the school lunch program, but not at the expense of food stamps. Nearly half of all SNAP recipients are children, and so Congress must no longer look to SNAP or any other safety-net programs to pay for investments in our children. No mother should have to see her children go without food when she is working as hard as this woman is to make their life better. Thanks, Sally, for showing me this letter.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Why a Personalized Letter Still Has More Impact

Why are handwritten letters more important than emails or even typed letters? They are all practical vehicles to convey a message to your legislator.

Handwritten letters are a sign that you care  so much about the issue that you are taking time to write it down on pen and paper. Elected officials care that you have given thought to the message that you are sending, and legislative staff  members will corroborate this. Here are excerpts from an article that appeared on the Bread website.
"In late October 2010, a group of Bread members and faith leaders from the Indianapolis area met with the office of Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). Carson’s district director...was impressed that the letters were all individually written rather than just signed form letters or postcards and emphasized that personal, handwritten letters make the most impact..."   Read more
Other advocacy organizations like the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) are hearing the same feedback from congressional offices. "What we at FCNL hear from most congressional offices is that they give higher priority to individualized communications from people who have a specific request, say something about themselves, write in their own voice, and make a local connection," said the organization. 

Typing your message
I must confess that I feel much more comfortable behind a keyboard than with a pen and paper. My handwriting is sometimes (but not always) is illegible and I can put my thoughts on paper better when I compose on a computer or a laptop.  So I often write my letters at home, print them, put them in an addressed envelope and and bring them on the day of the Offering of Letters.

Regardless of whether your letter is handwritten or composed on your laptop or desktop, the important thing is that you're using your own words to convey the message to your representative or senator.  And this gives you an opportunity to include a personal experience with your message..

Blessing your letters is important
The personal letters also represent an act of faith, and the Offering of Letters is a communal action on the part of your congregation.  As one Bread regional organizer mentioned recently, letters can be blessed or dedicated by the pastor and the congregation before they are put in the mail, which is something you cannot do with e-mails. (In the photo on the left, the pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albuquerque holds letters that were written by members of the congregation that year).

What about e-mails?
We must not  discard e-mails entirely. This mode of communication is especially important for requests that require immediate action--particularly when a vote is about to take place in the House or Senate.

What about an e-mail with a personalized message for an Offering of Letters campaign? This could also be an effective way to communicate with your legislator, although a personal letter might have more value, depending on the congressional office. And there have been a few surveys that indicate that congressional offices see e-mails as the preferred  mode of communication.

If you must send an e-mail, the same rules apply as the handwritten and typed letter: send a personal note instead of simply adding your name to a prepared message (which is more useful for action alerts). E-mails require that you supply a mailing address to demonstrate that you are a constituent of the congressperson or the senator.

An electronic reply
Some congressional offices are using technology to send a reply to their constituents.  As an example, I received a reply from one of my senators via an e-mail letter instead of a postal letter. Below is an excerpt of his response to my letter for this year's Offering of Letters campaign about protecting child nutrition programs.

Child nutrition is a critical issue and touches a child's development in many important ways. Good nutrition is the key to a healthy childhood and to ensuring that children can reach their full capacity for learning and growing. Making nutritional food available to our children and teaching them at an early age about eating healthy is a first step towards developing good health habits. 

Providing healthy, nutritional meals at school can also ensure that our children do not go hungry during the school day. This issue certainly hits home in New Mexico, which has some of the highest rates of hunger and food insecurity in the nation. More than 16.2 millin children in the United States live in households where they do not know where their next meal may come from. In New Mexico, it is estimated that over 146,000 children do not have adequate and consistent access to nutritious meals.

Please be assured that I will continue to advocate for our nation's overall child nutrition policy, and that I will continue to support policies that make available healthy, nutritious food and increase the health and education outcomes of our children.  -Excerpts from a letter from Sen. Tom Udall

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga: Called to Serve One Another by Love

“The love of a Christian is not only a sentiment, no, it is the main reason for our lives. We live for faith, we live for love, we live for those who are suffering. The love of the heart can go beyond any and all borders to serve the poor. 

We are all called to serve one another by love.. The proof of our faith is our love for others. To take care of [the poor] in the amount that you do – is only through the biggest love, beyond the boundaries of your own heart.”. -Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and president of Caritas Internationalis.  

(Reflections from a Mass for Food for the Poor in Miami in 2009)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: Two Events in Albuquerque to Commemorate Beatification of Monseñor Óscar Romero

Westminster Abbey (Wikimedia Commons)
On Saturday, May 23, 2015, the Vatican will beatify Monseñor Óscar Romero. The archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated in 1980 for speaking out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. The Vatican bestowed upon Romero the title of Servant of God in 1997, opening the door for eventual beatification and canonization.

He was declared a Martyr of the Faith on Feb. 3, 2015. The step of canonization will be marked by a ceremony at Plaza Divino Salvador del in Rome in about two weeks

In Albuquerque, two ceremonies will mark this milestone event, one at Holy Family Catholic Church and the other at the grounds of the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP).  Here are details:

Youth Prayer and Action Delegation
The Youth Prayer and Action Delegation of the El Salvador Ministry invite you to celebrate the Beatification of Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero on Saturday, May 23rd.

Pentecost Mass will be held at 4:30 PM at Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco, Dr. SW (map)

Celebration begins on the Fiesta Grounds behind Holy Family Church at 5:30. Meet the fourteen members of the Youth Prayer and Action Delegates of August 2015. They are preparing Fiesta food. Newmanites, please note that Frito Pie is on the menu. Proceeds will help defray travel costs of the Youth Delegates to El Salvador.

El Salvador Ministry members will talk about the Importance of the Beatification of Oscar Romero.

Delegates will describe their efforts to raise funds for two projects, renovation of a Child Care Center and a Youth Project that promotes music and art in the impoverished communities where APRODHENI (The Association for the Promotion of the Human Rights of the Children of El Salvador) works, and where our Delegates will visit.  Visit Facebook Event to RSVP

Blessed Óscar Romero Community to Host Fiesta
Fun, Food, Family & Friends! Music, Entertainment, Culture. Sponsored jointly by SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) & Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community  The event will take place at SWOP, 211 10th SW (map)

Booths open at 4:30 pm   Mass 5:00 pmImmediately following Mass: Salvadoran Cuisine, Entertainment & Booths & Fun
Screening of the Movie Romero 6:30pm

This is a family event. Children of all ages welcomed! For your convenience, Child care will be available!
For more information, contact Rev. Frank Quintana via this Facebook Event

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Celebrating Mother's Day in Videos (Part 2)

On Mother's Day Weekend, we not only celebrate and honor our own mothers, but also the role of women around the world who work hard to make life better for  families, their villages and neighboring communities.  We celebrate those strong women with seven videos from non-governmental and church-related organizations.   

In Part 2 we highlight the role of mothers in Kenya, El Salvador, India and Palestine via videos from Church World Service,  Catholic Relief Services, Episcopal Relief and Development and Lutheran World Relief.  Because the message is timeless, these videos span several years.  In Part 1, we showed Mother's Day greetings from CARE (and a mother from New Guinea) and Oxfam and a video about the Bread for the World Institute's 2015 hunger report.

Church World Service, Women and Water in Rural Kenya (2010)

Lutheran World Relief  The women of Bihar, India (2013)

Episcopal Relief and Development, Dr. Daniella Flamenco, El Salvador (2014)

Catholic Relief Services, Intisar Mohammed Attalah, Palestine (2014)

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Celebrating Mother's Day in Videos (Part 1)

On Mother's Day Weekend, we not only celebrate and honor our own mothers, but also the role of women around the world who work hard to make life better for  families, their villages and neighboring communities.  We celebrate those strong women with seven videos from non-governmental and church-related organizations.   

In Part 1, we show Mother's Day greetings from CARE (and a mother from New Guinea) and Oxfam, and a video about the Bread for the World Institute's 2015 hunger report, When Women Flourish We can End HungerPart 2 will celebrate the role of mothers in Kenya, El Salvador, India and Palestine via videos from Church World Service, Catholic Relief Services, Episcopal Relief and Development and Lutheran World Relief.  Because the message is timeless, these videos span several years.

Care (2010)

Oxfam (2014)

Bread for the World Institute (2015)

Friday, May 08, 2015

Please Participate in the Nation's Largest Single-Day Food Drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, the Food Depot in Santa Fe and hundreds of food banks around the country would like you to participate in the nation's largest single-day food drive tomorrow (Saturday, May 9).

Since 1992, the second Saturday in May has been set aside for the NALC's Stamp Out Hunger campaign for the massive food-collection effort, which is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. "With the extreme weather experienced this winter by much of the country, along with the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive never has been more important," said the NALC.

For the average postal patron, taking part in the food drive involves a couple of simple steps.
  • Visit your favorite grocery store, 
  • Purchase several non-perishable food items like peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned beans, 
  • Put them in a bag and leave them by your mailbox on Saturday before your postal carrier arrives
I usually spend about $10 or more at the grocery. And instead of leaving them by the mail box, I take the food directly to my neighborhood post office on Lomas near Tramway and deposit the bag (s) in a special bin.

There are many volunteers behind the effort, as Stephanie Miller wrote in the Roadrunner Food Bank's blog in 2013. "From the hardworking Letter Carriers who fit the food collection into their normal hours while on their routes that day, to volunteers who give up part of their Saturday to stand, schlep, sort and sweat, to Food Bank staff who put in an extra day that week, to the US Postal Service who approve delivery of the collection bags and use of their facilities, to sponsors like Campbell’s Soup Company and AARP and the coordination of our national organization Feeding America and, most-importantly, to donors across the country who take the time to put food out that day." 

Roadrunner Food Bank tweeted this photo this week to promote #StampOutHunger
And the Food Depot made this appeal for volunteers via Twitter on the same day.

The food that is collected stays in local communities. "With the help of the generous community and our local letter carriers, The Food Depot is hoping to collect more than 30,000 pounds of food this year," said the Santa Fe food bank.

So please set aside a few minutes from your day to help #StampOutHunger and supplement the food available to hungry neigbhors in our (your) community.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

'By Now, Many People Expect to See Art There'

Photo courtesy of Shirley Simon
The annual CROP Hunger Walk in Hyattsville, Maryland (in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.), had attracted more than $10,000 in online donations by the time participants started to walk on Sunday, May The money raised by walkers in Hyattsville (and similar CROP Walks elsewhere) helps support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. Each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community.

In some communities, CWS volunteer organizers partner with local Bread for the World grassroots volunteers to offer participants another way to make a differeince: the opportunity to write letters to Congress around Bread for the World's Offering of Letters campaign. The 2015 campaign,  Feed Our Children, urges Congress to renew and expand vital child nutrition programs.

The Hyattasville CROP Walk included an opportunity for walkers to write letters, and there was a familiar figure handing out Offering of Letters materials to participants as they completed their walk. That person was Bread for the World founder Art Simon. "Art has been doing this for many years," said his wife Shirley Simon. "He meets the people when they return from their 3-mile walk. By now,many people, expect to see Art there."

Shirley Simon pointed out that the set-up of the Hyattsville CROP Walk makes it difficult to write letters on the spot, so the materials that Art gives them provided background on the Offering of Letters campaign, suggestions what information to include in the letters, and the addresses of the U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (for those who live in the adjacent congressional district), U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Eighty Seven Letters from Peace Lutheran Church Las Cruces

The basket in the picture below contains 87 letters from Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The total includes 28 letters to Sen. Tom Udall, 26 letters to Sen. Martin Heinrich and 33 letters to Rep. Steve Pearce. Members of the congregation wrote the letters on Sunday, April 19, and Sunday, April 26. The letters were dedicated on Sunday, May 3.Thank you to Ellen Young and her team of volunteers for this marvelous effort! As of May 3, there were 574 letters from three churches in New Mexico urging Congress to renew and expand vital child nutrition programs.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers Player Partners with Bread for the World

Kelvin Beachum, a three-year veteran of the NFL, has played  on the offensive line of  the Pittsburgh Steelers, primarily as a left tackle. Beachum, who was picked by the Steelers from SMU in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft, is considered one of the best players selected by Pittsburgh during Mike Tomlin's eight year tenure as head coach of the club.

Like many athletes, Beachum uses Twitter to communicate personal opinions and messages. In most cases, the messages by athletes reflect themes related to their sport or othe sports.

In Beachum's case, some of his messages promote the work of  Bread for the World'! However, the Pittsburgh player not only endorses Bread, but has formed a partnership with the organization to work to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. The partnership was announced during Beachum's annual football camp for children in his hometown of Mexia, Texas, on May 2. 

"We are right in the middle of the hunger problem in the country," said Beachum. "As a child, my family and I bounced around from WIC, free and reduced lunches, and some food stamp assistance when we qualified. There were times when we had enough, but there were also times that we needed help."  

Here is a tweet of  a picture of Beachum with Bread's Government Relations Director Eric Mitchell on the day of the announcement..
Beachum has been following and retweeting Bread for the World's tweets much of this year. He retweeted this post from Angela Ruprock-Schaefer, a member of Bread for the World's board of directors.
"To help end hunger, God is stretching me to do things I have never done before, like advocate for hungry children," said Beachum, the grandson of a pastor. "It truly takes a team to make that dream work, It takes a team from all different walks of life, all different upbringings, backgrounds, circumstance, to all to come together and help end hunger."

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Prayer of St. Francis (based on Tweets from Pope Francis)

Mary Ann Otto, stewardship and special projects director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin, adapted the Prayer of St. Francis into a litany, using tweets that Pope Francis sent out in 2013. As of May 2, 2015, Pope Francis had sent out 545 tweets. The pontiff had 6 million-plus followers as of that date, and he was following eight tweeters (himself in eight languages).

Below are four of the tweets related to the litany below. The full prayer follows the tweets.

Reader : "Let the cry for peace ring out in all the world." (tweeted by Pope Francis 9/4/13 )
All: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

R : “W here we find hate and darkness, may we bring hope in order to give a human face to society." (tweeted 9/30/13 )
A: Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

R : "God is so merciful toward us. We too should learn to be merciful, especially with those who suffer ." (tweeted 7/17 /13 )
A: Where there is injury, pardon;

R : “Christians know how to face difficulties, trials and defeat with serenity and hope in the Lord ." (tweeted 10/31 /13 )
A: Where there is doubt, faith;

R : ”We ought to never lose hope. God overwhelms us with grace if we keep asking." (tweeted 9/9/13 )
A: Where there is despair, hope;

R : "The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ ." (tweeted 8/ 5 /13 )
A: Where there is darkness, light;

R : "If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life but full of joy." (tweeted 7/10/13 ) 
A: And where there is sadness, joy.

 R : "Let us allow Jesus into our lives and leave behind our selfishness, indifference and closed attitudes to others." (tweeted 8/2 7 /13 )
A: O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

R : Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear." (tweeted 9/24/13 )
A: To be understood as to understand;

R : "God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being love d .” ( tweeted 11/11 /13 )
A: To be loved as to love.

R : "Every time we give in to selfishness and say 'No' to God, we spoil his loving plan for us ." (tweeted 5/26 /13 )
A: For it is in giving that we receive:

R : We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God's forgiveness and we walk forward truly in his mercy." (tweeted 9/19/13)
A: It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. AMEN!

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