“My Dancing Makes Most People Cry!” – Ecclesiastes 3:4

TGIF!  Had a superb time last night, praying the Rosary with 12 of my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Every thursday evening, a group of us assemble outside our parish church, in our Madonna’s Grotto, and say the Rosary “under the stars, and with nature.”  All are invited, and are welcomed.  Come on by and try it – YOU’LL LIKE IT!!


Quote or Joke of the Day:


Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and
The eyesight to tell the difference


Today’s Meditation:


A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.  (Ecclesiastes 3:4)


In April, my mother died from that lung cancer you here about linked to asbestos.  Up until this time, my mother was a vibrant and humorous woman of 87 years.  She used a walker to get around, and she always had pictures of her many grand-children and great-gran-children stuffed in a pocket of a storage item attached to her walker. 

Her sense of humor was well-known.  Mom had a bicycle bell attached to her walker, and would ring it as she walked down the hallways of the retirement apartment she had lived in  for about 15 years.  When she was younger, and had children still living at home; one of my brothers “acquired” flowers from grave of a local cemetary, and she made them into a corsage for his prom date that night.  My brother did not tell his date until towards the end of the evening; and let’s just say she was not very pleased. 

Mom was always willing to laugh, mess up a joke, and to see the good in everyone.  She, as I, believe that humor is a supreme gift and grace from God that should be used daily.  I found a poem that I changed a little bit about humor and God, and I would love to share it with you: 

Remember when you’re feeling low, And life seems hard to bear.
There is a brighter day ahead, He promises that it’s there.

We picture in our minds at times that we have such a solemn Lord.
When I’m sure it was He whom laughed not once,
but ‘ore & ‘ore.
He has to get a chuckle out of the way that men react,
He made us whole, and part of us is laughter:
That is a fact.
His image is reflected in the human form He made.
He must laugh often then, as you and I convey.
A famous scripture, “He wept”, is among the favorite of verse.
If He was able to shed tears,
He surely laughed at first.
I see him with a smile, holy laughter flowing forth.
In a rolling rumbling style, proving mirth is its own worth.
A joyous man, I believe was He that roamed His land.
He thought good thoughts and brought good cheer to His creation: Man.
He gave us laughter I believe;  a gift so fair and grand.
So we know He also laughed, and we would understand.
For without this gift He freely gave, Would we even want to be?
Life would be so dreary,
without the gift of glee. 
So just as sure as there are tears, there’s laughter all about.
And I’m so thankful Our sweet Lord saw fit not to leave it out.

 May We Use and Enjoy This Gift Everyday.  
~Adapted from poem by “sun smile“~

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO




Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #15:


Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.  


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