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Well this weekend I had time to read two books! Both books were gifts and I enjoyed them immensely! I could recommend both to you without reservations. Just a warning to you though, you might come away knowing you need to do some deep thinking.
The first was a “gift” from my son on Father’s Day. He “re-gifted” me a school book. He put a lot of thought into it, and he made a good choice. I read his fourth grade book called Saint Dominic by Mary Fabyan Windeatt. Wow, he was a giant of a man in the life of the church, and is credited with providing us the rosary after receiving a vision from Mary. I knew his story in general, but not enough to be inspired by St Dominic. Well I am now inspired. It inspired me so much that my wife and I said the rosary tonight..and I think this will be a more common occurrence. Actually we’ll also be learning the Latin version as well to help the children with schoolwork. (This will be hard on me…as all my foreign language teachers will tell you I was very hard on them!)
The other book was a fabulous book called The Pope and the CEO by Andreas Widmer. In it Widmer describes his encounters with Saint John Paul the Great while he served two years with the Swiss Guard in the 1980’s. When I looked at the title I initially thought, “Ah huh?” When I started reading the book I realized it was exactly what I needed at this point in my life, and I did not put it down. What makes the book special is the format. He tells a story to explain his leadership lesson, then he sets a list of activities for you to do using that lesson, and finally asks you to reflect on your life experiences in the view point of the lesson. As I began the exercises, I must say I find myself changing a little here and there because I am now looking through leadership more in line with God’s intent not mine. I’d encourage anyone to read this book, and do the most important action it recommends….PRAY and then PRAY SOME MORE!
So there you have it. Two books with potentially life altering ideas. Well I am off to pray a bit more. With this much reading in one weekend, I definitely need to think it through some more.
Two of my kids and two friends kids enjoy a summer evening being a little loopy…
Tomorrow will start my last visit to the Alpharetta Art in the Park show for the summer. I’ll be in the park Saturday 9AM-4PM and Sunday 11AM-4PM with samples of my work, and I hope you will stop by and visit.
For my loyal readers and visitors I am offering the promo code SUMMER and get 20% off this weekend. The link to the market is https://squareup.com/market/ehw-photography All items ordered will be fulfilled and mailed directly to your home.
I will also extend this offer to any item you see and like in my online portfolios (both my website and Smugmug! I can make anything on my website a print suitable for your home. You can access my other photos through my website www.capturinghisglory.com. In addition to several galleries, you can also view my blog and select from something here!
And finally, some of you requested photos of family cars or photography lessons. I will have some openings next week to do those as well! I’d love to assist you in a special project or gift for a loved one.
Thank you for your interest in my photography, and I hope to see you tomorrow!
Kevin tell your father there may be a job opportunity for you.
-Bishop Talley, Archdiocese of Atlanta
P.S. Kevin was the perfect assistant photographing the new Pastor’s installation mass. He was the light of the party, and made everyone feel right at home with him and his little camera.
Little photo from a few years ago on a great vacation….
Ok time to sound crazy…but I’m still very sane.
During my drive into the office today I heard a few messages delivered from the Lord in a timely manner by the Divine Office of Readings. (You can read them online at www.divineoffice.org)
The reading was from Second Book of Chronicles 20:1-9, 13-24 (Click here to read the Bible passage) about God offering help to Jehoshaphat save Judah from swarming enemies. And God does just that when he follows directions properly.
The final prayer would at first seem to be contrary to the reading at first and it goes as follows:
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever
On reflection it does not contradict anything. For all that we witness in the world today, we still must remain well armed like Jehoshaphat. He was a sinning man like all the rest of us, and did not always listen and follow the Lord. He did walk mostly the right way though!
That is why we must always pray for the light of truth to shine on us and the rest of mankind when we go astray. It can bring us home to unity with Christ if we follow it. Once home with Christ, we must then willingly welcome still more sinners home. Our continuing mission will be to pray for and reach out to all to people to come home with Christ. For unlike government services…God’s party never runs out of the goods and we can all be happy!