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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A time to review and reflect!

The end of the year is in sight and like everyone else I'm looking back on everything that has happened in the past year. I made it a point to keep a journal in 2011 and quite honestly it was better than I thought. I struggled with it, I was inspired, and at times just like oatmeal (bland)! I'm reading my daily reflection from WAU (the word among us) and they asked to review a journal if you kept one. I looked through January and the emotions inside of me came rushing forth. I laughed, I cried, I was surprised, but mostly amazed at what was in there. I was kind of shocked at what I had written down, and ever so thankful that I was inspired by Our Lord to persevere!

I looked at my goals for 2011 and I really think that they need to continue to be my goals for 2012!

                         Patience: I still need to work on this one!

Challenging people: I'm working on arguing less with people
and to stop trying to prove I'm right!
Listening:  much better, but still needs work!
Visible: the constant challenge to be seen as a witness at all times and not just in
certain places, always 24/7!
Presence: working to being in the moment with people, taking the time
for others, definitely the most important part of my ministry!

Finally, I need to pray that I don't lose sight of what is before me!

My hope is to be able to acknowledge on 12/31/12 that I was able to say honestly:
I refuse!
Please check out the video!

Bonjour et Adieu mes "Amis"!


PS Happy New Year to all of you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Persevere! That was one of the final words I heard from my former pastor and good friend Fr. Rich today. The last time I saw him and talked with him was this past June at the Rite of Candidacy. I saw him earlier this month at the Installation of Bishop Peter, but we didn't get a chance to connect. I've known Fr. Rich for many years when we were Boy Scouts together and he hasn't lost his positive outlook in life.

He stopped by my store for only a few minutes to say Hi, present me with a few gifts, and a card for Terry and I. He asked how classes were going and I shared honestly that I preferred last years format to this. He was so glad that Mike and I are sharing this journey, and stated how much he pushed for something to change so that we could finally have Deacons in the North Country. He emphasized that the northern part of the state is in desperate need of help in many ministries.

As he was ready to leave he said..."God Bless you and Terry and remember to keep persevering!"

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Sunday, December 25, 2011

What did you want for Christmas?

I got out this morning around 1:15 am from the Midnight Mass, and I called my daughter that I would be picking them up shortly from a friends house. I then called Terry at home and she said..."how did you know I was home?"  I told her I was hoping you would be home and she then gave me the best Christmas gift ever...."They gave me the day off today!"

So we didn't have to get up early to celebrate Christmas together. My best friend called to wish us all a Merry Christmas and we all gathered for brunch at my folks.

This year I got a great present, the time being in the presence of my loved ones!

Bonjour et Joyeux Noel a tous!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

This is a bittersweet Christmas for the Couture family this year. For the first time in over 29 years Terry and I won't be celebrating Christmas Eve together. We both grew up celebrating with family on Christmas Eve. The good news is the children are both here for Christmas and we will gather together in a few hours. Terry has to work tonight and be with those children who don't have what we have, and that is a stable family life. So our blessings are very precious even when we are apart.

Tomorrow morning we will gather as our immediate family has done since we got married over 27 years ago. We began a tradition that started with just the two of us early Christmas morning and we continued that ever since. Fortunately Terry had the schedule changed so she could be with us tomorrow morning, but she needs to work again tomorrow afternoon. We will definitely cherish the time we  have together.

Tonight I will be going to Midnight Mass which is something I came back to a few years ago. The music, the nostalgia, and thrill of being with everyone in a large church is quite special for me. I also have the honor of being a Eucharistic Minister this evening and this just makes it that much sweeter.

I would love to thank all my brother candidates at this special time. If there is anyone else I would love to spend Christmas with is with all of you. Blessings upon you and your families.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

"You Called?"

For many years now I've taken vacation time wrapped around Christmas. For the past few years something magical has been going on. My best friend has been well aware of this time, and he knows I would do almost anything for him. It seems like every year he calls and asks for me to do him a favor and pick up a Christmas gift for his son. About a week ago I reminded him of this and asked him if he was better prepared this year! He just looked at me and laughed. He hadn't asked yet, but I just started my vacation.

Yesterday he called, and I wasn't around at the time. I called him back and said "you called?" All he did was laugh after I asked the question. I knew what the answer was and he tried to explain to me that he had a plan that didn't work out. I couldn't help but laugh at him as this has become a new Christmas tradition. He offered to pay for the gas and even buy me a sandwich at Subway! Wow! Talk about sweetening the pot.

Well Terry is off today and when she gets up I'll ask her if she wants to join me on an road trip for my buddy. After all, aren't traditions what our lives are made of?

As far as my spiritual calling is concerned, I'm better prepared for Christmas than than I've been in the past. I made an appointment with our new associate for reconciliation and I have to say I'm really happy with my choice of confessor.There's a lot of wisdom in this young man, and he's going to only get better. I met with my pastor/spiritual director last night just to keep in touch and share with him my thoughts and solicit his impressions. He is a tough man to meet with, but the extra effort is really worth it. I relate very well with him on many levels and feel very comfortable with him. He shared a small book with me to read that was spiritual. I think he's getting to know me well.

So this week I'm juggling two calls the Lord's and my best friend. Ironically they are two in the same.

Bonjour et Joyeux Noel mes Amis!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

"And it was worth it!"

If there is one thing that I tire of is overused cliches. You know the ones "think outside the box!" yuk!, "if by doing this I can help but only one person, it would be worth it!" You hear these and so many all the time, you sometimes wonder if they really mean it. I'm referring mostly today to the one about helping only one person, and would they really be satisfied if one and only one benefited by what you did!

I have a couple of stories to share that reinforce the benefits of doing good if only  one person gets it. On Friday morning Terry and I attended a funeral Mass for a friend, and we were looking to sit with my folks. On the way to be with them Terry met with a friend who is in her grieving ministry program. She had recently lost her husband, and this will be her first Christmas without him. As we were walking by, this woman reached out to Terry and she embraced her very deep and tenderly. The eye contact was amazing and the embrace was one of true love and sharing. I was extremely touched by the event. Even though they have a small group, there is good that is coming out of this and it is definitely worth it!

The next occurred last night at a local store. I didn't really want to go because I wasn't feeling very good but it was a chance to be with Terry so I said yes. We weren't in there for very long when a young girl came running up to Terry and again it was a wonderful sight to see. It was an embrace of warmth, love, and caring. They spoke for a while and Terry asked me to leave them alone. I continued the errands and soon Terry was back with me picking up the final items. Terry had a glow to her, that was very special. As we were leaving we met up with her once more, and again they hugged each other. Terry asked if the truck was unlocked and then asked the young girl if she wanted to see our dogs. They grabbed each other's hands and raced to the truck like little school girls. Again, this was a tremendous sight to see that has left me in a very emotional mood. This morning during prayer time all I could think of is what happened the last few days. I asked Terry permission if I could share the details of these events with all of you, and she said yes!

I remember telling Terry last night that even though she has a tough job, was there any doubt that at this time in her life she belongs with these children. It isn't her first choice, and definitely not second or third, but it is definitely the Lord's choice.

Again, looking back at what transpired before my eyes......"I would have to say that ....
It was worth it!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Friday, December 16, 2011

Which Mitch? and Praying!

Yesterday was another road trip day for a company meeting. I traveled with my assistant to Lebanon and we gathered with other employees to receive training on service and adding value to our products. I have the most seniority of all managers in the company and I'm usually paired with the youngest members. After 26 years of service you would think someone would have all these service issues down pat and could opt out of attending these seminars. Well, even the senior person has to be there and probably it's more helpful for others, as I'm more of a sounding board than someone trying to take this all in. At the end of the training we had to present to everyone a product that was selected for us and how in conversational form we would share this information. I was last and I felt that it was another opportunity to speak publicly and share (without notes) how I would present our value to the customer at the point of sale. I received a comment from an assistant after my presentation that...."I'm ready to buy that product!" It reminded me of a statement my pastor made that..."You have seven minutes to sell your product!" I didn't have much time to prepare but it lasted only a couple of minutes. Please don't get offended by the idea of selling something as trying to sell God, I can relate to the passion that is needed to present a message and also sell a product. Either way you need to be prepared and believe in what you say and do.

When I got home last night I checked my emails and saw a message for a doctors appointment at 9:30 am. I didn't remember one so I got up early, took a shower and showed up a with plenty of time to spare. They took me in right away, got me on the scale (yeah, I lost two pounds) and then took me in the exam room. Something was odd today, the nurse wasn't my usual nurse, but maybe she was out. Then the exam room was different and then I said..."Who am I seeing today?" Well, the answer wasn't my regular doctor and then I thought...."You have the wrong Mitch!" My son and I share the same name and nickname and I'm use to being the wrong Michael or Mitch Couture. Oh well, I left quickly and picked up a coffee for Terry and I.

Praying, yes I will get to this right now. I came across divineoffice.org from Geoff at the last formation weekend. I checked out the site and I really love it! When I'm alone to do prayers I listen and follow on the pod casts that they have. It really is a very enjoyable way of praying alone with others! Check it out, I give it two thumbs up!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Always the aspirant!

Some of you may have noticed that even though since June our group is now officially known as candidates, I haven't changed the name of my blog, and honestly I really don't intend to. I guess the easiest way to explain this is for a couple of reasons. First being, it took me a while to think up of a name and it would probably cause some confusion and unnecessary changes if I decided to change it.

But the real reason is that I think that the word and what it means to me suits me just fine. The more I'm on this journey the more I realize that I will forever be aspiring to be more than I am. I'm proud of the changes in my life, but I'm also well aware that I'm still the sinner who needs reconciliation. I'm humbled by the fact that He picked me for a special mission, and like a good team player I don't want to let Him down, even though I know at times I will.

What I'm most proud of is something very simple but extremely precious. Terry again last night mentioned what she loves the most of what is going on in our lives is that we talk and listen to each other better than before.That comment has been coming my way more than ever before. We have made some changes in our lives and obviously the results are an additional benefit through subtractions. 

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


On the road again!

There is another constant about living in Burrlin besides long winters. No matter what the event is in life you need to be prepared for a road trip. Tim Samples the Maine comedian would say appropriately....."You can't get there from here!!!" and believe me Berlin is one of those towns. Chore number one, fill up the car, grab two cups of coffee, and drive for 2 hours and 20 minutes. Check, all systems go!

Thursday was a day I was so looking forward to. I told Mike several times that I had been checking my mailbox daily to see if we would be getting an invitation to the Installation of Bishop Peter. I was definitely not disappointed with the day at all. Terry kept staring at me at various times and said..."you look so happy to be here!" Indeed I was, and as I look back to where my life was several years ago, I can only say I'm here because of the Providence of Our Lord.

We capped the wonderful day off by having supper with some great friends who live in Manchester. We always make it a point to stop by to see them whenever we are in the area. It wasn't anything extravagant as we ordered pizza and spent time with them. We left Manchester at about 8:30 and yes it did make for a long day, but it was well worth it.

Our next road trip happened last night. I'm working the weekend with an employee on vacation and my boss scheduled a Christmas party. I asked him if we could close the store early so I could make it to the party. I closed at 4 and we had the routine down. Go home pick up a warmer jacket check, gas tank full check, program the gps check, pick up two cups of coffee check, and drive 1 hour and 50 minutes check! I got transferred to a new district about two years ago and events like these gives Terry and I a chance to make new friends and enjoy the quiet time in the car together.We got home shortly before midnight and once again enjoyed an evening spent with new acquaintances but most of all quiet time with each other.

My next road trip is Thursday in West Lebanon for a district meeting, there is a routine! The drive is 2 hours , and the constant remains the same....."Get ready for a road trip!"

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Are you ready for Homiletics?

I'm sure the title is a dead give away about what our most recent formation weekend was all about. Terry didn't want to join me this weekend for two reasons, it's too cold inside of the building (yes I was reminded several times...too cold and you live in BURRRLIN!) and she didn't want to hear 23 candidates giving their first homily. Mike and I traveled together for the trip and he had a special treat for me, listening to Queen (my favorite band) on the way down.

As usual it was great to be with everyone again. We all had little treats that were given to all of us, and they were awesome! Thanks Mark & Valerie! Myth #1 it was cold inside of the building in the morning and then it was fine for the rest of the weekend. Myth #2, it was fortunate for everyone especially the wives that we didn't have to hear 23 homilies on the same subject.

Fr. Michael, I felt gave us all a very good sampling of what we are getting into and the basics on how to prepare for this. I could go on for quite a bit of time on what I took away from the weekend, but I'll share only one!

We need to preach to those who regularly attend Mass and relate the homily to what is going on in the world, and we also need to preach to those who are not going to Church and have decided to check us out! I know those aren't his words, but they are my take on this. I'm looking at this in a totally different light and I think most of us are seeing things through a different lens because of this experience.

Tomorrow is a special day as all the Candidates and their wives will be gathering at the Cathedral to witness the installation of our new Bishop! We have been getting more communications from the Diocese and when you combine tomorrow's event with the added emails, we all feel very welcomed! Thank You!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Humility.....One moment at a time!

Another Formation has come and gone and like all of them in the past I have learned something very valuable from this past weekend. I will share this all with you shortly, but something else is really stirring inside of me.

There were three events that created some very humbling moments for me. On Saturday I got a chance to talk to David and he shared that he follows my blog about once a month. He told me that he has been able to relate to what I write about and that he has enjoyed it. Now comes the part that really left me speechless, he told me this.......
"I feel that I'm walking with you, and that your words are our voice!"
I'm still even now tremendously moved by these words and as I've stated recently the Lord has been speaking to me through people I know. Thank you so much David!

My next moment this weekend again was totally unexpected. I was scheduled to be a Eucharistic Minister and I was very proud to have been selected at one of our gatherings. The moment came suddenly as Deacon Arnold presented to me the Blessed Sacrament. I was prepared to offer the Chalice with the Precious Blood and instead he taught me something special with no words spoken. Moments like these hopefully will occur some day and I will never forget what I learned that day. Again, this was a very proud and humbling moment in my life. Thank you so much Deacon Arnold!

The next moment actually occurred this morning before Morning Prayers. I read the church bulletin to catch up with what was going on in the parish. At the end of the bulletin was a short paragraph asking the parishioners to continue to pray for Mike, Elise, Terry, and myself as we continue on our journey of formation to the Permanent Diaconate. I remember posting on Saturday how much we all need prayers to support us all, and of course Our Lord had already inspired our Pastor to continue to keep everyone aware of our journey and our need for their continued support. Thank you so much Fr. Mark!

The Lord teaches and speaks to us all in so many ways and fortunately I was able to listen and really enjoy the moments.

For all my brother and sister candidates I thank you for your support and I am extremely honored and humbled to be "YOUR voice out there!"

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Preaching without notes!

This is the title of the book for this weekend, and yes we will be getting our first introduction to sermons this weekend. It's early Saturday morning and yes I'm up for this one. As I have stated before, we have two priests who follow this path to a T. They are excellent homilists and they preach without notes. So what do we need, PRAYERS!

Today and everyday we as a group ask for your PRAYERS and continued support for the work The Lord has begun in us.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Alleluia, it's getting better all the time!!

Well classes have been over formally for two weeks now and I have really enjoyed this break. I've gotten the chance to spend more time with Terry, to bowl, and enjoy Thanksgiving with family. There's been just one little thing left to do. Just a five page reflection paper. Piece of cake right? Not really, as I'm starting to invest more time in my writing, and  my critic (Terry) told me it's getting better all the time (just like the Beatles song!) Oops! The corny side of me just came out again. 

Anyways, I wrote my paper on the Great Reformation with a twist. My reflection was that I believe that the Church has always been, and will always be in a state of reformation. I was literally moved into writing this paper and best of all I'm very proud of my effort. It's not really about the grade, rather it's about putting myself out there and wanting to improve myself.

Alleluia, it's finally over for this class and it's time to look forward to another formation weekend. I know I haven't posted very much in a while, but with Advent upon us I'm sure I'll make up for it!

I'll finish the night with a little reading for this weekend and look forward to wrapping up some chores tomorrow afternoon.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Questions, and a real reason to give thanks!

I've had a little time to rest and reflect this week. I was able to go bowling again with my buddies and then one of them dared to ask the questions! What will you be doing as a Deacon and when? I started with the easy one, that I still had a little over 2 and half years to go. Then I told him what a Deacon can and can't do. I guess he thought as I have heard before of being looked at as a mini priest, and I told him that definitely wasn't the case. He seemed pretty satisfied with the answers, but I'm sure there were questions still lingering inside of him. Usually the main question is Why?  I expect this will come out eventually.

Wednesday morning when I left the Adoration chapel from morning prayers another friend of mine asked "what are you doing in there?" Well, that's a great question when you are leaving there at 6:30 am. I told her I do morning prayers in the chapel every weekday morning when I am able to. Again, she seemed satisfied with the answer, but not totally!

On Thanksgiving I served breakfast to my daughter, her friend, and my son. My daughter would be leaving soon to head back south and it was great to spend some time with her. Unfortunately Terry needed to work most of the time she was home. I relaxed that afternoon as Terry would be meeting me for Thanksgiving at my brother's house for supper. Again, just being with others was awesome. Terry then shared something that really tore me up inside. She works at a group home for troubled youths and it is a very stressful job. She received a phone call from a youth who could finally go home. That person thanked her for everything she did to help her get her life in order, so she could finally go home. In Terry's words...."You just gave me the best Thanksgiving and Christmas present I could have ever received! I'm proud of you and I don't want to see you again here! I hope to see you again, but not in this place!"

Here comes the really tough part, where she explained that not all the youths had visitors at Thanksgiving. I was really torn up over this. I won't judge or critique why, but I will pray for them and their families and be forever thankful for the gifts that I have received.

Wishing you all the Peace of Christ!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Monday, November 21, 2011

What's next?

Now that our second class is almost over, we still have a five page paper to turn in, I'm looking forward to some normalcy again. I haven't posted anything for a few days and really it's been a time to slow down and relax again. Saturday, I did a little yard work while Terry worked  in the house and that evening we had a campfire in our backyard. It's been since early September since we had a fire at any body's house and this one just felt right.

Sunday I went to Church with my folks again, and spent the rest of the afternoon waiting for the computer repairman to show up and bring back our computer. That was the other reason I was slow at posting something.  I took a few minutes to start reading our book for the next formation weekend, Preaching without notes!  Looks good so far. We have two priests who are awesome at this and honestly they are pretty difficult to beat. They each have their own style and I guess what makes it special is that I believe it all comes from their hearts. What I know so far about my brother candidates is that every one's heart is really in this journey. 

I will soon start putting my final paper together, but what I'm really anxious about is the Bishop's installation on the Eighth of December. I scheduled myself with the day off in anticipation of receiving an invitation, and I also told Terry to try to make sure she has the day off also. I can't wait to be with all my brothers and sisters down there as one!

Finally in the true spirit of things getting back to normal, I will be returning to my Tuesday night bowling league. The guys have done an awesome job keeping our team in third place thus far. Tomorrow night we play the number one team, and honestly win or lose I just happy to be back with the boys.

So I wish you all the best as Ordinary times is all but over! So bring on the Extraordinary times!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ca aussi, ca va passer!

Don't you just love it when God talks to you!  I'm sure at times He wonders why did it take so long for you to hear me? Well that's my story this week. My last two blogs were about messages from God that came to me through people I know.

Today, I will share with you my next message. On Sunday I took my Mom and Dad to Church and we talked about my current class. I was as honest to my Mother as I was with Fr. Kyle. This method of learning has been very much less than ideal. I know everyone is doing their best to teach us in the Plymouth group, but we have faced so many difficulties. The poor connections initially, then finally towards the end of the first class it starts to get better. One thing that hasn't improved and must be to help us learn is the feeling that we are just an after thought. Oh yeah, you too in Plymouth! It has to be tough for the teacher, but because of the technology we rarely hear the comments made by the people in Manchester. We spend long periods of time seeing the same pictures on the screen and we never see anyone in Manchester. We hear some voices well, the teacher all the time and the majority of the time we can't hear what anyone else is saying.

Frustration is probably the best word to describe how I feel and definitely most of us in Plymouth. Mom heard me going on about this and then she said this to me.......

"Ca aussi, ca va passer!"
"And this too, shall pass!"

I guess when she said that to me I really wasn't listening very well and I really glossed over that comment. I really internalized and I let the frustration block out any possible understanding of that statement.

On Monday I was determined to catch up on my reading, I was like a man on a mission and I was reading like I never did  before. I loved reading the passages that reinforced my reflection paper that I was sending in that evening. I was walking out the door of my store and then it hit me. I remembered that message that God sent me through Mom. I instantly smiled and felt the hand of God. Relax, be at peace, I know it's not the best way to learn, but do your best. Most of all be at peace! These words flowed into my heart and I was literally on fire for the next two days.

I know that I'm a little long winded today, but the Spirit is moving me and I shared this all with Mike. I still believe that changes need to be made, but in the current Spirit that I am in I will relax, and be at Peace!

Peace to all of you!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm writing for me!

Today Terry and I had a discussion on this blog and she commented to me how she felt that I have grown through this ministry. She noted that I have been finding the little things that are going on around me, and she as my best critic has given me at least one thumbs up, maybe two someday!

Well on Thursday evening I had a chance to have a conversation with Tom about the papers we have to write and again something enlightening happened. Tom and I think honestly most of us are getting to another level of thinking in our papers. He said to me.."I'm writing for me!" On the surface this may sound like it has some bravado in it, but I didn't take it this way. I took it with the sincerity that it was delivered in.

These papers should be something that really creates a spark and drives a passion inside of us that needs to be put on paper or email for us in Plymouth. I believe that I'm starting to get at that point also.

My next paper will be about "Ressourcement"! You may ask why and the answer lies in my own heritage, as the term is a French word and being of French descent this created a spark in me. I'll share something else that I spoke to Mike about. A "source" in French for me also meant a well or a spring for water. Being that water is essential to life, the insight I received was to share that our Church Leaders at Vatican II dipped into the source or spring of riches our Church has by looking into our past.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Friday, November 11, 2011

It's not about me!

I think that the moments I value the most from our trips to Plymouth is actually the conversations that Mike and I are sharing. The trip takes us about an hour and twenty minutes to get there and back, and we never lack of something to share.

Last night, Mike and I were reflecting on our faith journey and something very enlightening occurred. We were sharing together how we have grown in our faith and more importantly have grown as men, fathers, husbands, etc. Mike stated that through some challenging times that he has realized that in this journey "it's not about me!" I really liked that phrase, and we both agree that it is really a way of life now.

We both realized how much this experience has transformed us into less self centered men and more in tune with what is going on around us. I'm not trying to paint us as a radical change from high egos into sainthood, but rather a slow and deliberate morphing into men we believe our wives value even more.

So ironically this reflection is being posted on Veterans Day, and fittingly our Veterans epitomized through their self sacrifice "it's not about me!"

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

We're on the same wave length!

Last night our parishes held the annual Mass of Remembrance. This was the very first time that I attended this Mass. Mike had asked me to go to proclaim some of the names of the many who had passed away. He asked me because of my french background and being a very french community we had the majority with french names.

It was extremely well done and the Mass was very well attended, which I was pleasantly surprised by that. When I entered I saw Mike with a purple shirt on and guess what I was wearing? Yup, you guessed it, purple! Mine was a shade darker. Elise asked if we called each other to prepare, and I said "No, we have been together so much lately, we're on the same wave length!"

Anyways, week three starts tonight and we are getting closer to wrapping up another class.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who me!

The word is Evangelizing and I think most people would have to say, "who me?" We probably would all use the same excuses as the Apostles, and Moses, "Eh, Lord there are many more worthy, who speak better, but not me!" Today at work I got a little taste of it again. One of my regular customers came in and we ended up talking about Church matters and he told me that a very good friend of his, whom I know very well is going back to Church and really loves our Pastor.

I mentioned to him that even though it seems that our Church is gaining some new members there's always room for more. He gave me the usual responses "well if you hear the rafters coming down, it might just be me. " My response was "my father in law said the same thing and it didn't happen, so I hope to see you there some time soon." 

Well, he didn't say yes......but most importantly he didn't say no.

There is ministry in the marketplace!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Choices & It's not about money!

At our last formation weekend we had a Deacon speak to us about the three legged table which was our lives. He reflected upon Family, Work, and Ministry. Obviously, he stated that if at any time one was out of sync the "table" our lives would also be out of balance. With classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays I came across a dilemma for this past Tuesday. Every year in our stores we have to perform a physical inventory, and quite honestly I've been doing them for over 25 years and I still dislike doing inventory. It is one of those necessary evils in my life that I take very seriously.

Up to this point I haven't missed any events on this journey to possible ordination. Well this week marked the first event I missed. I couldn't in good conscience delegate this important task upon my employees. Could they have done a good job? I know they could have done it alone, except for the fact that I am the manager and this is my responsibility. So inventory was done, and last night Mike and I gathered together to view the class on his  laptop, and because of the delay we were able to do Evening prayers together. I'm having a hard time enjoying this distance learning, but honestly I think I'm going to have a tougher time with the up coming on line course.

Now to the issue of.... it's not about money. On Friday night the local response group is having a fundraiser by having a regional comedian do a show. Terry has called many friends to join us for the evening. The cost is $20 per ticket, which is a little steep for some in this economy up here. She has done a great job, so much so that my best friend is talking other people into going with us. He called them and their answer was, " what do we get for the $20?" His response was, " #1 it's a fund raising event, but most of all it's not about the money, it's about being together!" That comment really hit me hard. I relate it to the travel to Plymouth, it's not fun, it is draining, but honestly it really is about being together.

So tonight Mike and I will share a ride and gather personally with our family in Plymouth, and through the technology we will be with our complete family in Manchester.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another revelation....this is my buddy!

Terry's job is one that leaves us with not as much time together as either one of us really likes. I only actually have two days a week that we can spend together. She is off on Thursdays (we go to school) Fridays, and Saturdays. So Friday night we went out to eat just the two of us, and then we went out shopping till about 10.

Saturday we planned a day together, again just the two of us to head down to North Conway. On the way over Terry said "Wow, just the two of us, we're really spending more time together, with a great big smile." 

We went to JC Penney's and shopped for a while, picked up some bargains, but mainly enjoyed our time together. We met many friends from Berlin, and then it happened..."Mitch, this is my buddy!" Terry met up with one of her Alzheimer's friend that she volunteers with. The woman was with her daughter who is a friend of ours. She was shocked that her mother recognized Terry! The woman's eyes really lit up when Terry smiled, and hugged her and repeated..."this is my buddy!" Terry is the most caring and patient woman I know, and her actions revealed something to me that I shared with her.

She is not really fond of her job, but she is making an impact with the children she is with. She really loves working with the elderly, and the results were very evident to me what she is capable of.

All I could think of is that I have to be open to whatever comes my way if ever I am blessed enough to be ordained. St. Paul reminds me often "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me!"

Time, it is such a wonderful gift!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Let us begin....

Last night marked the opening of our Church History class. There was a different feel for this class. Number one I believe that the technical issues are just about all  resolved, Amen! More importantly we began last night with a prayer, which is the way it should always begin. Something was definitely lacking in that last class and to start off with a prayer signaled a very nice change for me and I'm thinking just about everyone else.

Almost as important was the teacher's recognition of the work load we have with this class, and how he wants us to focus our attention on chapters in our books. Then he said something very profound, " I know you are all working out there..." The recognition of our three dimensional lives was really heart warming *(family, work, & ministry).

I really felt that the Spirit was speaking to us last night, sharing our burdens, understanding our challenges, and yet still encouraging us to move forward.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Monday, October 24, 2011

Hurry Up!

Since I started this blog a little over a year ago, there have been numerous occasions that I mentioned that the community has been eagerly anticipating "the deacons".  I use this term that Fr. Kyle has been calling Mike and I. Well yesterday before Mass at 9 am I saw our Pastor Fr. Mark and I mentioned to him that "wow, didn't you just say the 7 am Mass and you are also saying the 9 am Mass?" His answer was " yes, and I have Baptisms after the 9 am Mass and I'm saying Mass at 2 at the state prison?"  He also added "I can't wait until you men can do the Baptisms!" Well unfortunately he'll have to be patient and wait for us a little bit longer.

Thinking about Fr. Mark's Sunday schedule I can understand his eagerness to get us started. After all, a 7 am Mass means you have to get the Church open by 6:15, which also means no sleeping in that day. He really had a very full day yesterday without adding the state prison ministry.

Fr. Dennis had shared that the call for a renewal of the Permanent Diaconate came about from a grass roots calling, and by the looks of things it certainly has filtered all the way up through the ranks. The need is staggering! If God is willing, when Mike and I get ordained we will easily fill 10 to 15 hours of work for the parish every week.

Yesterday really opened up my eyes to what is needed out there. Our Lord in his own way pointed out so much to me. I knew there was a need, but I also realize that even Mike and I won't be able to handle everything else that the faithful are looking for. So we will have to do like everyone else, plug away and maybe as models of faith our actions may inspire others to volunteer or better yet, say "Yes" when Our Lord calls!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


PS Our second class of year two begins tomorrow night, please pray for all 23 of us!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Further reflections on our last formation weekend!

Two words literally smacked me in the face with what Fr. Dennis said last weekend....
"Shut Up!" Yeah, shut up! I would have to agree wholeheartedly that at times I'm very busy talking to God that I'm not really listening.

Well armed with these great words, I made sure today that I didn't talk to much in my prayers before Mass. I asked the Lord to talk to me and I prayed that He would give me the patience to listen.

Needless to say that today's Mass was very enjoyable!

I had a few minutes to share with you and I will be attending Mass with my parents at the 11 am Mass. They are in their eighties and I treasure every moment with them.

Today take the time to listen!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

We gather together!

On Thursday evening our little group from "Plymouth are you there?" gathered together in Gorham NH. There was obviously no class, but Tom our site coordinator wanted us all to be together and he insisted on making it easier for Mike, myself and our spouses.

We really love being together in each other's company. I know Terry and I would have traveled to be with all of them, and without speaking for the others I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

We weren't together for very long, but honestly it's very special when we are together and none of us seem to be lacking for words to say.

Classes begin again next week, I've registered for the Step class with a few challenges and I'm keeping myself busy reading ahead for the up coming class. I'm wishing you all a very blessed week and I ask that you all pray for our youth this week, especially those who are in shelters or detention centers, and also for their care givers.

God Bless you all my family for being a very important part of my life and may God Bless all of you who are following my journey. I ask also for your continued prayers for myself and my brother candidates.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


PS NO! It isn't snowing yet up in Berlin!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's Great to be here!

Those were the first words I spoke upon entering the retreat center on Saturday morning. I really couldn't contain myself, after all the last time we were all together was back in June at the Candidacy Mass. Honestly, I'm sure I wasn't the only one feeling that way. We are a community that is growing closer together with each gathering.

I have so much to unpack on what we went through this weekend, that I will be sharing more of my feelings a little later on this week.

I will share one phrase that captured my spirit and I still can't get this out of my head at all. "The Restless & Dissatisfied leader!" I could ponder on that one for quite some time and still work at it. When Fr. Dennis shared that I was definitely burning up inside of me. I am an emotional man, and this fired me up. I'm already sharing this with members of the Knights and I will be sharing some further ideas with them.

That's it for now, and I think I will be putting together a list of things that captured my spirit this past weekend.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Friday, October 14, 2011

It's time to gather again!

The candidates are now in full mode of year two in our journey. We all have one class under our belts and tomorrow we will gather again as a family of believers. Terry and I are really looking forward to being in the presence of "our family". I was sharing with Mike and Tom at our last class, that at times it is difficult to understand that we have become so close to each other in such a short period of time. We have a Spirit that is special, we have the greatest gift as St. Paul puts it "LOVE!"

Today I wish to pray for and thank all those who support us in our journey. There are too many to name, but without any of their support,we definitely would be lacking the true colors our lives are becoming.

Today I challenge you all to smell the roses, enjoy the little things, and humbly accept any act of charity that comes your way!

 Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pray the Rosary!

It's Monday morning and even though I'm on vacation I like getting up early and doing Morning Prayers with my buddy Mike M. Well, Monday being a holiday the Church wasn't open very early and we had someone dropping off a key for us to unlock the Church for the morning Mass. Mike showed me what needs to be done and unfortunately he couldn't join me for Morning Prayers. He then asked me " are you going to do the Rosary today?" Honestly I haven't done the Rosary very much in many a year so I kinda ducked that question.

I went into the Adoration Chapel and recited my Morning Prayers, read the WAU, and the day's readings in the Bible. After a little meditation I continued reading the Examen and then there it was, a witnesses testimony...."the Examen really helps me with my prayers, especially the Rosary!" I didn't need three invitations to get it, so I knew that we had a group of parishioners who recite the Rosary before Mass and there I was joining them.

Well, I didn't forget how to recite the Rosary and yes it was a very special and comforting time for me. The Mass was a little more special, the day went very well and I guess it's what my Mother requested of me.

I don't think I'll need a special invitation to pray again, as tomorrow morning before Mass, Mike and I have already planned to join the community in reciting the Rosary!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!

PS: since we are off from school I'll be bowling tonight!!!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Summit of sorts!

Well not really, but yesterday I was Lector and met our Pastor Fr. Mark and Fr. Kyle and they obviously heard that we have been having difficulties in our classes. I guess the word gets around real quick in Berlin. They asked "why are you traveling to Plymouth when you could be taking these classes here or somewhere closer?" My response was "well, I sometimes wonder myself, but we are a very small community in Plymouth and we really love being together?" They looked at me with silence and I knew that they understood why the traveling was challenging but there was a great benefit of being together.

Fr. Kyle asked what we were studying and I mentioned the Synoptic Gospels. He was asking me a few more questions and then he made a comment that really made my day, and probably longer than that. Fr. Kyle said "I'm looking forward to working with "the Deacons", we have lots of work to do here!" Very touching, you bet! Unfortunately I told him we have three more years to go and even though we would love to keep you here the odds aren't very good. Nevertheless, I'm so glad that this Diocese has a Priest of his caliber tending to the flock.

Looking back at this "mini summit" I take away a Pastor who is very concerned and personally involved in our journey and an Associate who has lots of fire in him.

The weather is gorgeous, and so is the beauty of God's Creation!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

One down....

Thursday night again was a very great evening to be a part of this technological world. Unfortunately we only had two out of those eight evenings that were relatively event free.

The best part of the classes has to be the discussion time that we are having. I know we all feel that we are getting the most out of this course when we can gather and share. Tom even mentioned something that we did last year, that we aren't doing now. I guess we probably have been a little tied up in this new techno stuff and forgetting what brings us all together.

About a week ago prior to having our Tuesday night pizza party we gathered in a circle held hands, and Steve lead us in prayer. Yes, something very special has been missing before class and we all agreed that we would not forget to pray before class again.

So now that we have two whole weeks off from class time, what will you all be doing? I will be doing something I absolutely love to do! Bowl on Tuesday nights with my best friends and all my friends. Giving up my favorite past time for part of the year was probably the hardest thing I had to do. I need this as much as Mike needs to run, as Tom needs to exercise, etc. etc. When I'm there I can set aside anything that bothers me and I can focus clearly and relax.

Today Terry and I are keeping busy around the house as I am beginning my next vacation week. I have a few plans for home improvement projects that I will be sharing with my Dad and my brother.

I would love to share a quote with all of you that I read this week.....
"Cultivate happiness,
and scatter it around!"

Bonjour mes Amis,


Thursday, October 6, 2011

A little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary!

Tonight will be the final class for the Synoptic Gospels course. We finally had a class with no interruptions, and I say thank you so much for your prayers. The connections was superb and we didn't cringe even once waiting for the problems to start. I am having second thoughts about this tele-conferencing stuff. I met with our school superintendent today and shared our good fortune and told her that I might support this for upper level students.

Today is a wonderful day, Berlin is back! Those were the words echoed by our Mayor as we are breaking ground for a new Biomass plant here in town. I haven't seen so much positive energy in this community for many, many years. I got a chance to meet up with several people that I know and we are all looking forward to a new spirit returning to Berlin.

Now you may ask what's up with the title of this blog. Well I was thinking about something that happened earlier in the week that made me think about these two ladies in Scripture. I can honestly identify with both of them, and yet I can honestly say that at times I could be too concerned about the details of getting things done and missing the most important parts. What is most important in my life is the people (my treasures), their lives, their feelings, and making sure I have a balanced relationship with them and the rest of my life. I know I missed an important opportunity to be present for someone in need, and fortunately I had the chance to share my thoughts and feelings with them a little later on that evening. I've got to work on this balance thing and realize that the Martha and Mary in me have to be worked on also.

Bonjour mes Amis,


Friday, September 30, 2011

Plymouth are you there????

We're three quarters of the way done our first course of the year and some very familiar words seem to ring out in our ears...."Plymouth are you there???" The northern contingent has been receiving the information via distance learning. When I was a member of the Berlin Board of Education I was a very strong voice to try to make this happen for our children here in Berlin. With dwindling funds it would offer us a chance to share a teacher and offer more to the people of the great white north (no snow yet or distance learning!)

I have to say when the process is on, and everything is running right we have enjoyed this experience. I'm old school and I still would rather have our own teacher, but there is something to be said that all of us are sharing the same material and learning as one. Unfortunately when the system is off, let us say that a great deal of frustration sets in. We are almost anticipating the worse at times when the audio portion of the presentation sounds like R2D2 from Star Wars. So while the bugs are being worked on, we have been trying to focus on growing as a group. When the system is down and during breaks we have been discussing points that were brought up in class and Mike and I continue the process on the ride home at night.

On behalf of all of us in Plymouth, we ask for your prayers that we get strong connections and continuous uninterrupted feeds so that we can all feel fully engaged in this process.

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Still feeling somewhat disconnected!

Well class went very well Tuesday night except for taking about 15 minutes to connect to the class in Manchester. This was our third class in the northern outpost of Plymouth, watching on the screen the power point presentation and listening to a voice at least half an hour away. I'm still trying to get used to this teleconferencing stuff. I see the benefits of having one instructor for all of us, but it's not the same. The best part was that for the first time we didn't get disconnected from the conference. Yeah!

The tough part was that when there is a discussion going on in Manchester it's really difficult to feel like you a part of what is going on. We really can't hear all the questions or the comments that are being made. The last discussion that was going on down there seemed to have some energy to it, unfortunately that energy is lost in the transmission to our group up at PSU.

The northern group is a tough bunch, and we will persevere through the issues, but honestly deep inside we long to be a closer part to our entire class. Fortunately this option is available, because if I had to drive to Manchester two nights a week I probably wouldn't be able to continue on this journey.

This class reminds me of a course that I took when I was in the Seminary. Ironically, I attended the same Seminary our incoming Bishop attended. I really love the insights and the information about that period of time being presented to us in this course.

Well, I'm posting all this information before tonight's class. I got out early to make some sandwiches for Mike and I. I found a recipe that I'm trying out on Mike. We will find out soon enough if Mike is able to continue to attend. Just kidding!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


With a new beginning shortly upon us, I'm very excited and looking forward to meeting Bishop Peter. I really believe that the Berlin community will welcome him with open arms and will really enjoy a Bishop who speaks French.

Adieu et Bonjour mes Amis!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Feeling disconnected!

Well the bell has rung and we as candidates are now back in school. The first course is the Synoptic Gospels. This class is a new adventure for me in many ways, attending classes twice as often, and most of all having a class on the big screen. Honestly I have had my reservations on this method of teaching. I'm keeping an open mind on this and will let you know more as the weeks move on, even though my preference is still to have the conventional way of learning.(a living human being in front of me and not on a screen.)

There is one thing that I can tell you that I'm having trouble with. We have had two sessions, and at both sessions we have been disconnected from each session at least six times. The worst has been at the final twenty minutes of the classes. I hope this will be able to be worked out quickly.

One thing that is awesome is my travel partner Mike. The travel time passes away quite quickly when you have someone to share your stories with. Mike eliminated one concern of mine. How will I ever do evening prayers. On Tuesday night he offered to read the prayers and I really enjoyed being his prayer partner. Last night was my turn and even though it is different, I really enjoy it.

So apart from being disconnected a few times, I'm excited at being back on the road and in the classroom.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Reflections on an emotional day!

Today marks an infamous anniversary and also a bittersweet day. You see, this day being a day to remember is one I can never forget. A year before 9-11 with family and friends I celebrated an early birthday in the Big Apple. It was my first and only visit to New York. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and same day I will return. 9-11 is a day I share with the nation very closely as it also my birthday. I remember all too well when asked my date of birth and cringing when sharing that number. I don't get those same reactions anymore but I still get choked up about the day.

Today was my day to bring the Blessed Sacrament to the hospital. I proudly entered with my new Red Sox jersey my son bought for me. I think it helped ease some of the pain of the patients in the hospital. The visits I had will stand out with me. I have been going for several months now and the unexpected happens and it is usually very memorable. I reviewed all the readings for this day and forgiveness was at the top of the list. I know the knowledge of the readings was very helpful in my discussions with the patients.

Mass today was very special, for many reasons and yet what was the most memorable part was at the end of the Mass. Our parishioners seem to be in a rush to leave and today Fr. Mark asked all to remain in the Church until we all finished singing God Bless America. I was impressed that no one left early, in fact over 95 % stayed for the second verse.

After Mass I went to dinner with my Mom,Dad, and my brother and it was very nice to be together. My brother loves to tease me and told the waitress that I needed to eat cottage cheese because I was an old man. You got to love your brothers.

Tonight is bowling and this will cap off a wonderful and emotional day.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Saturday, September 10, 2011

A beautiful day and what to do???

"A double dose of Spending a day with my best friend!"

We are all getting closer to returning back to school next week. My son asked me today if I was excited, and without hesitation the answer is yes. I was really glad for the break, but it's time to get going again. So, it's Saturday and with a beautiful day on tap, we planned a full day of activities. We hiked up Mount Jasper again today, and with no humidity and very few clouds we were treated to spectacular views with a little effort.

Our next plan was to go kayaking. This was my first trip out this year and again we weren't disappointed at all. The lake was a little choppy, there was a nice cool breeze, and one of our highlights was spotting numerous turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and logs. I live in such a beautiful area with so much to do around us in just a short distance from home. While kayaking I spotted an area that looked really good for a hike, and my buddy said that the area was Roger's ledge. Looks great to me, you want to do this on our next trip? You bet!

Well how can you possibly top this day???? You guessed it, a campfire!

Today is truly a day to give blessings for the gifts of a beautiful day spent with my best friend!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Monday, September 5, 2011

"You made my day!"

Yesterday was your typical Sunday for me. I got up early to pray in the Adoration Chapel and it was my Sunday to be Lector at the 9 am Mass. I should have practiced just a little more as I inverted some words while practicing and did the same during Mass. I got to listen to Fr. Kyle's sermon and I really enjoy the way he preaches. No notes, away from the ambo, and full of confidence. I already mentioned to my family and friends that if I am blessed enough to be ordained, not to expect me to be that good.

After Mass, I went to pick up parents to go to the 11 am Mass in Gorham. Fr. Mark was the celebrant in Gorham and I really enjoyed that Mass also. He as well speaks without notes, away from the ambo, and again with great confidence. The messages were different at each Mass, but very well delivered.  My folks and I went out for dinner and then I took them back home.

My best friend asked if I would join him visiting a friend of ours who was feeling a little down from surgery he had just received. He is a very active man and is dealing with being inactive until he fully heals. We stopped over and sat outside in his backyard and enjoyed a few beers, some chips, and time spent together.  We weren't there for very long and it soon became dark. It was really nice spending  time with him and when we left he said....
"You made my day!"

I was a little shocked by the statement, but mostly I felt really good to put such a smile on his face. All I could think of afterwards was this...."Lord when did we visit you??" and
"Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me!" Then I thought of the message Fr. Mark said.."Sometimes our faith isn't so complicated." Needless to say when I reviewed my day, this was at the top of the list!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

On vacation and what to do!

My first full day of vacation and my best friend and I went on a hike up Mount Jasper in Berlin. The trail was recently  upgraded by the Jag students at Berlin High with the help of members of the AMC. I had been thinking about this for a while and the weather outlook was good and the hike isn't very long. So we left a little before 11 am and we were up in about 30 minutes. The views as you can see are even better than the picture above. This is truly a gem for the city that doesn't see much traffic.

Besides losing our breaths from the hike we just sat down and admired the real beauty that we have here. What more can I ask for, time spent with my best friend and my dog. These are some of my "treasures" that I am so thankful for.

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Encourage each other daily!

For those of you who recite the Morning Prayers you might be aware of this little phrase. In the Invitatory Psalm 95 there is a small quote...."Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13). I have been reading this for over a year now and only this week has this small phrase made a real impact in my life. Why does this seem to happen?

Yesterday I was reading the Word Among Us reflection and the following  quotes really stirred up a well spring of emotions...

"You have every reason to be a minister of Jesus' love and mercy.
In a world that has grown jaded, positive and encouraging people
are exceptional-and deeply needed!
wau july/August pg 82

When you mix these two messages with a guy who thrives on a positive outlook in life, you can create a challenge to make this happen. Today at work I had to check up on a repair order for a window treatment for one of my customers. I was wondering why it had taken so long. I called and there was some confusion about the order, the company changed their repair order numbers and couldn't locate my order. The receptionist asked me to track the order with the shipping company and call them back. I called the shipping company and it took a while and finally I received the information that I needed. I called the company back and the receptionist was investigating the situation and throughout the conversation I sensed a nervous and hesitant person. She seemed afraid that I was going to blow up about the situation. She kept asking me to be patient and to wait a few minutes and I assured her that wasn't a problem at all. She seemed to calm down and she was able to locate the order and explain that they were waiting for a part to complete the repair.

I then put something into practice, I thanked her for her patience and for the very nice work that she did. I praised her, encouraged her, and I could tell through the conversation that she was thankful, and feeling really good. Working in sales I am well aware that we get more criticisms than praises. I really don't know who felt better from this phone call. I guess we were tied on the feeling great meter.

"So go ahead and encourage one another.
Build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Talk about what God is doing in your life.
Comment on the good things you see him doing in
someone else's life.
Be positive, supportive, appreciative."
WAU july/August page 82

Adieu mes Amis!


PS Don't waste any time, do it today!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

You ain't seen nothin yet!

Yes, I know very poor English on this headline. While reading the Gospel this week we find Jesus talking to Nathanael..."Keep watching. Have faith. You haven't seen anything yet!" (wau July/August 76)  Honestly when I read the passage I thought of the song from BTO "Baby you ain't seen nothin yet!" Remember I am over 50 for those of you who don't remember BTO!

In the past few weeks there have been some incredible things that have happened to me, that have left me in awe. I have been in the middle of situations that without a doubt in my mind the Holy Spirit put me there to be Christ's voice, His touch, and sometimes just his presence.

Mike called me this week to touch base on the weekend and to let me know how his weekend went. We then got on the topic of how special events have been occurring in our lives, Mike made a comment that I won't forget..."Amazingly events have been going on in our lives, and now I am more aware of them!" He mentioned that as great as it has been, it's also sad that many are oblivious of Christ's presence in their lives and of all the wonderful things they could see and be a part of if they became a little more aware of Our Lord.

So to all of you out there....."Keep watching. Have Faith.

You haven't seen anything yet!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Terry and I were looking forward to gathering with all the Deacons and candidates at a picnic gathering on Saturday. I spent some time planning everything, checking the location and punching it into my gps. I had all the bases covered, we should arrive at the gathering around 10:30. I missed a turn and then followed with blind allegiance the gps. We headed down a dirt road and Terry kept telling me..."maybe we should ask directions?" My response was "I'm going to trust the gps". After seeing a few cars turn around and scraping the bottom of mine a bit I saw a hill and said..."I'm not going up there!"  Well we back tracked and traveled down a dead end road and a lady gave me directions to turn around and head to Raymond. Funny, it seemed to me that this wasn't the first time that this had happened to her.

I stopped at a local hardware store and received directions to get to the park. Again, the gps wanted us to go another way, but this time I listened to the directions I received. The directions were awesome and we were soon at the park. As we got out of the car a nice gentlemen said..."you must be a candidate!" Wow, was it that obvious? Well we made it just in time for dinner. Everyone was so nice and asked us how long it took us to get there. Our answer..."four hours!" "Huh, what happened" was there response. I said I have a new gps called "dumb-dumb!" After all the laughs, we ate, and reminisced with everyone. It had been a long time since we were together, and it was great to just be there! The time passed along quickly and soon everyone was leaving.

Terry and I had called Tom and Lynne to say "Hi" and to ask if they were up for a visit later on. With an early departure we were soon at their home and spent time with them.We were treated to a great supper that we won't soon forget. The evening was just beautiful, a gorgeous sunset, a fire, but best of all...... "time" spent with friends. 

It was a very full day for the two of us and I wouldn't have changed a thing....eh, correct that, I would have listened to Terry instead of the dumb-dumb!

Bonsoir mes Amis!