Some years ago, a priest told me that as long as I live on this earth, I will be tempted. He said there was no one that he knew of that wasn't tempted; we cannot be entirely without temptation. At the time I thought, "That sounds pretty discouraging. I sure hope he's wrong." And you know what? He was right!

Your Treasure? It's Not in There.

A couple of years ago I was helping out at my daughter's school to get the required 20 service hours for the year. The students were having a freshman retreat to get them acclimated to high school. At the time, my daughter attended a private parochial school, and the fees were high enough that children from poor families could attend only if they were on scholarship. When the students were introducing themselves, an episode occurred that I will never forget.

A Story for the Unbeliever

By Lorie Sage (Sept. 7, 2010)

My step father, Bruce, went into the North Kansas City Hospital for a hernia operation this past July 16, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The surgery was a success, but while in the recovery room talking to my mom, he suffered a heart attack. He was without oxygen for 12 minutes before they could revive him.

'Come Back to God'

As many of you know, in the story of the Prodigal Son as found in Luke Chapter 15, the son asked the father for his share of the inheritance without waiting for the father to die. The son packed his belongings and left to a far away country where he squandered all the money. Because of famine, he found himself hungry and working with swine. He decided to go back to the father, asking for forgiveness. While he was yet at a distance, the father saw him and embraced him. The father asked for the best robe, put a ring on the son's finger, and asked for the fatted calf to be killed.


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