These Words for the Week are from Eric Ritz, courtesy of Sermons.com.
The late Richard Cardinal Cushing, formerly of the Archdiocese of Boston (MA), once wrote about the church’s need for courage. He said, “If all the sleeping folks will wake up, and all the lukewarm folks will fire up, and all the disgruntled folks will sweeten up, and all the discouraged folks will cheer up, and all the depressed folks will look up, and all the estranged folks will make up, and all the gossiping folks will shut up, and all the dry bones will shake up, and all the true soldiers will stand up, and all the church members will pray up, and if the Savior of all will be lifted up … then we can have the greatest renewal this world has ever known.”
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.
There’s no escaping cancer,
so I’ll preach the Gospel well,
for in it there’s the answer
to this ungodly hell.
I’ll preach it to the heathens
in governmental halls.
I’ll preach it through the seasons
and batter down the walls.
I’ll preach it to the pagans
who worship crystal rocks
and save some from conflagration;
bless their little cotton socks!
If they don’t hear what I have to say,
they’ll find that there’s the devil to pay.
Your attitude with your illness has been the sermon.
Joe, I am honoured beyond words.
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