Reflections on My Dad’s Example

05/17/2016

Norb Kwiecinski, my dad, knew how to make you feel completely comfortable.

Oh… he could make you squirm, too. Make no mistake! Don’t forget. He was also the toughest guy I ever knew.

And I may have provoked his “tough guy” side a time or two over the years…

But at his core, Dad’s enormously compassionate heart shone through.

Today, I took some time to reflect on Dad’s disarming, loving example. Please take some time to watch:

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WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!

04/30/2016

That’s right.

We’re all gonna die.

So then… what’re you gonna do with your one guaranteed opportunity TODAY?

 

Short message today, gang.

There’s plenty to be pessimistic about.

I heard some words from Saint Augustine this morning (thanks, EWTN!) about what God does with evil. Consider what Jesus did when Judas betrayed Him. He merely used it to save the world.

How cool is that?

We’re all gonna die.

 

That’s not meant to be a downer. It’s a fact of life. It’s the one certainty.

If we rely on anything on Earth for our ultimate happiness, we will be disappointed.

If we rely on Christ, we will always have hope.

Let’s just pretend that you know — with certainty — that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

(That’s for those of you who either don’t know, don’t believe, or have doubts.)

If that’s the true, what other hope do you have?

If that’s not true, do you have any hope?

What if?

 

Again, let’s just pretend that you know — with certainty — that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world…

(I know — with certainty — that He is, but just in case you don’t…)

… then what are you going to do today to bring the hope and message of that certainty to somebody else?

You don’t have to be an evangelist. You don’t have to get in their face with “God Talk.”

You merely have to radiate your belief.

That’s it.

(And if you don’t truly believe right now, just pretend. And see what happens.)


A Trip to the EWTN Studios and the Chapel

04/05/2016

Wow… what a week.

Six intense days studying, learning, discussing, and then masterminding with new colleagues at the NAMS Workshop in Atlanta.

My head is exploding. My brain is so full, it’s oozing outta my ears.

And now, this.

 

Outside the glass doors, camera pressed to the glass, peering in at the altar at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama. Home of the EWTN televised Daily Mass.

Outside the glass doors, camera pressed to the glass, peering in at the altar at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama. Home of the EWTN televised Daily Mass.

 

Birmingham is so close to Atlanta. Taking this little detour adds less than 100 miles to the drive home. How could I pass up the opportunity to visit EWTN, the Chapel, the Shrine at Hanceville?

Rolled into town just after 7 PM. Got a room at the Hampton, sat down to relax for a while. Checked the map and discovered that EWTN and the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery was just a mile down the road!

Had I known, I would have stopped there first.

Should have known. Didn’t look closely enough at the map. And I was exhausted when I got to the Hampton Inn.

But…

Realizing the monastery was so close, I had to go.

So glad I did.

From the parking lot next to the EWTN television studio.

From the parking lot next to the EWTN television studio.

I parked and took my time strolling the grounds, just after dusk.

Directly across from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.

Directly across from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.

 

 

20160405_195834The Chapel is magnificent in its simplicity. It is evident when you step inside the Chapel that you’re in a holy place.

 

 

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It’s serene.

It’s beautiful.

It’s peaceful.

 

 

 

 

And what would a blog post be without a video?

 

Or two?

 

Tomorrow morning, Fr. Mitch Pacwa celebrates the televised 7 AM Mass at the Chapel! I’m thrilled! Can’t wait.

Then off to the The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville.

It’s going to be another incredible day.


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