A young boy made a beautiful toy sail boat
And took it to a lake to sail,
But a gust of wind blew the boat
Out into the lake.

The boat was lost.

Several weeks later, the boy saw his sailboat
in the window of a toy store. When he asked
For his boat, the store owner said,
"I own the boat now. If you want it,
you will have to buy it back."

The boy sold all he had
to buy back his boat.
After paying the store owner,
The boy took his boat
To his heart and said,
"Little boat, you are twice mine.
I made you, and now I bought you."

Like that little boat,
we are twice the Lord's ---He made us,
and Christ bought us back by paying the price
for our sin with His own blood.

After His death, Jesus rose
From the grave and returned to heaven.
He is alive today and offers us
The gift of eternal life with Him.

It is the desire of my heart
That you would know
How great God's love is for you,
and that you would receive His Gift
By asking Him to be the Lord of your life.

Angels in the Classroom

A pastor read a letter from an elementary
school teacher who attended East Hill Church.
The gist of the letter was as follows:

Last school year, her classroom was made up of little
third graders, every one of which came from either a
single parent family, or a dysfunctional family,
was undernourished and/or uncared for,
lived in an abusive home and was either beaten,
bruised, or raped by other family members;
one little girl's dad died of aids,
and the list goes on.

Her heart bled for these kids.
Before the '99-2000 school year started,
she and her husband went to her classroom
and prayed over each desk in the room.

They prayed that God would place an angel
behind each and every child throughout the
coming year to watch over them and protect them.
A month or so after the year had started;
she gave the kids an assignment to write about
what they would like to be when they grew up.

Everybody was busy with his or her assignment,
when "Andrew" raised his hand.
When she asked him what he needed,
he asked how to spell "mighty."
After telling him how to spell mighty,
she asked him why he needed to know.
Andrew said it was because when he grew
up he wanted to be a "mighty man of God."

When he said this, little "Mark"
sitting next to him asked,
"So, what's a mighty man of God?"

The teacher, swallowing back her tears,
and knowing she could not say anything in the classroom,
told Andrew to go ahead and tell Mark what it was.

So Andrew says, "It's a man who puts on the
armor of God and is a soldier for God."

After observing some conversation between Andrew and Mark,
the teacher, with a lump in her throat,
started to walk away when Andrew motioned with
his little forefinger for her to come closer.

He whispered to her, asking if she believed in angels.
She told him yes, she did.

Then he asked her if she thought people could see angels,
and she said she thought some people probably could.
Andrew said that he did, and he could see an angel standing
behind each kid in the room.

. . . I don't think there was a dry eye in the church that night!
We need to remember to pray for all of the teachers,
that although there is no prayer in school that they are
dedicated enough to pray for the protection of
God's angels over the lives of their students.

Maybe it wouldn't hurt, even at work.

(Author Unknown)

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The Worthiness of Faith-
Mother Teresa

One of the most beautiful
and one of the most encouraging passages in the Gospel -
those words of Jesus regarding Faith:
"Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe."
The fruit of prayer is Faith.
If we pray,
then we will believe.
If we believe,
then we will love -
because the fruit of Faith is love,
and the fruit of love is service.
Similarly, if we want to deepen our Faith,
we must deepen our oneness with Christ.

Without seeing Him
we pray to Him,
we turn to Him,
we cling to Him,
we love Him without seeing Him.

Faith is the most beautiful gift
God can give to a human being -

To believe that He Is,
and that Christ Is...
God from God
Love from Love,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;

one in substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made...

And yet He became so small,
He became a human being like us,
to make it possible for us to believe.
To increase our Faith
He made Himself the Bread of Life-
even a child can break that Bread,
even a child can eat that Bread.
This is humility in the action of Faith,
and Faith in the action of humility.

We can understand the majesty of God,
it is very difficult to understand the humility of God.
That is why we need to pray-
to be able to believe


O holy angel at my side
Go to the church for me,
Kneel in my place at Holy Mass
Where I desire to be.

At offertory, in my stead,
Take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice
Upon the altar throne.

At holy Consecration's bell,
Adore with seraph's love
My Jesus hidden in the host,
Come down from heav'n above.

Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus' blood may cleanse all hearts
And suffering souls relieve.

And when the priest communion takes,
Oh, bring my lord to me,
That his sweet heart may rest on mine,
And I his temple be.

Pray that this Sacrifice Divine
May mankind's sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus' blessing home-
The pledge of every grace.

In the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen

A Forever Friend

Sometimes in life you find a special friend.
Someone who changes your life just by being part of it;
Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop;
Someone who makes you believe that there
really is good in the world.
Someone who convinces you that there
really is an unlocked door
just waiting for you to open it.
This is Forever Friendship.

When you're down, and the world seems dark and empty,
Your forever friend lifts you up
in spirit and makes that dark
and empty world suddenly
seem bright and full.
Your forever friend gets you through
the hard times,
the sad times,
and the confused times.
If you turn and walk away,
your forever friend follows.
If you lose your way,
your forever friend guides you
and cheers you on.

Your forever friend holds your hand and
tells you that everything is going to be okay.
And if you find such a friend,
you feel happy and complete,
because you need not worry.
You have a forever friend
for life, and forever has no end.

author unknown

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