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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, October 27, 2013
The hit film The Butler is the story of Cecil Gaines, the son of a black migrant farmer in Georgia.  Young Cecil works his way out of the cotton fields to domestic service, eventually becoming a butler at the White House, serving seven Presidents.  Cecil learns early the value of silence, seeing his father shot to death while confronting his white overseer for his abusive treatment of his wife.  If Cecil, like every other African-American, wants to survive in a white-dominated world, he learns that he must have two “faces.”
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Once upon a time, according to an old Aztec fable, a small fire quickly grew out of control and began to consume the forest.  As the flames spread, the animals began to flee.  An owl making its own escape noticed a small bird, a quetzal, constantly flying back and forth between the river and a section of the burning forest.

“Are you crazy?! The owl hooted.  The forest is burning! You must leave at once!”  But the little red and green bird ignored the owl’s warning and returned to the river, where it gathered a few drops of water in its beak before flying over to the brush to release the droplets on the flames. 

The owl flew down and met the quetzal bird at the water’s edge.  “What are you doing?”  “The best I can with what I have,” the bird replied as it gathered another few droplets of water in its tiny beak and returned to the flaming brush.  Inspired by the quetzal’s courage and determination, the owl began to help.  Soon, other animals – and even humans – joined them, and the great fire was conquered.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, October 13, 2013

They had been married only a few months.  Both had endured some hard blows in their lives: the death of his first wife after a long illness, her acrimonious divorce.  Finding each other this late in life – both were in their sixties – had been an unexpected gift and everyone they knew shared their joy.

But then one night, he suddenly went into cardiac arrest ...and he was gone.  At the funeral she was asked by friends how she was doing.  But instead of grief, she quietly and firmly said that all she could do was give thanks – thanks that she and her late husband had had each other for even the brief time that they did.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, October 6, 2013
When you sit down to dinner tonight, offer a prayer of thanks for the honeybee.  Because one out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat are because of the hard work of the bee.  From the blueberry bogs of Maine to the almond orchards of California, bees are the unsung, unpaid laborers of American agriculture.  Honeybees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together, as they pollinate the seeds that ripen into our apples, cucumbers, cranberries, and many other fruits and vegetables in our diet.

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