A friend of mine, Steve Adams, passed away from cancer this past Friday morning. He was surrounded by family and friends in his last hours. Steve has been an inspiration to many people, and has served as a Cursillo rector at St. Basil's in Methuen. Please pray for his wife, Carol, and their family.
if you guys could all do me a favor....
my uncle had a stroke about a month ago, and then because of the blood clots moving, they had to amputate his leg last week.
well this past week, we were informed that he now has cancer, and things aren't going well, seeing as he buried his daughter - my cousin- with cancer this past february.
my family is stressin out right now, so if i could get some prayers, that'd be muchly appreciated.
thanks guys, God bless.
I am hoping to get involved with SnowCAMPS again this year. Can anyone tel me who to contact and how to contact them? Thanks a bunch!!
i love all of you and i had an amazing week.
just thought that was worth sharing.
Faith, Hope and Love,
Please keep the Connell and Regan families in your prayers:
Ronan Francis Connell, of Norwood, unexpectedly, August 1, 2006, beloved infant son of Francis B. and Katie (Regan) Connell. Grandson of Joseph A. “Buddy” and Joan F. Regan of Milton, and Francis P. and Mary Connell of Norfolk. Great-grandson of Joseph A. “Buddy” Regan of South Boston and Mae Connell of Jamaica Plain. Ronan is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, grand-aunts and uncles and relatives.
To the tune of "I am a C"
I got a C
Please pray for my friend Maura's sister, Kate, who passed away from cancer this past week. And if you have a sister or brother, go give them a hug.
It's April and my thoughts are turning to the staff retreat. GOD!!! JESUS!!! PRAYER!!!!! ULTIMATE FRISBEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I miss everyone. Hope everyone's doing well.
I have a new livejournal: trot_to_boston, but for some reason it won't let me post a message here unless I'm logged in as burningtimes, so that will have to do for now.
I just finished my CAMPS staff application. Pray I get it!
Also, I'm being confirmed on Saturday, March 26 at 7pm. You're all invited. It'll be at Emmanuel College. And afterwards, we're going to Uno's in Kenmore Square. So let me know if you'd be interested in one or both of those.
This is kinda like the SRT...
I thought it was interesting!
Wow, a very cool thing happened. Dan and I gave a Fourth Day talk on God's Amazing Love at Ultreya in Gloucester on Sat. night, where we hung out with Al Mitchell. And during the five-minute prayer partner session, I prayed that my friend Jay from school would find Christ, and that if it ever came up between us that I would have the right words to say. (He admitted to me once that he had never been baptized.)
So last night on the phone I mentioned that I had just gotten home from church, and he was like, "Wow. You go to church, [our other friends] Jeff and Cara go to church--I've never had this many friends who go to church. Except for one guy who went really over the edge and told me I was going to hell for not believing in Christ."
To which I responded, "Oh, you're going to hell, make no mistake."
To which he responded, "What???"
To which I responded, "Just kidding!"
Then he said that he had a lot of questions for me about it, and wanted to talk about it today when we go skiing.
John Brooks just pointed me to this article. Wow!
'Warrior Monk' Sees His Calling on Front
Theological Student Delivers Eucharist
By Jackie Spinner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 8, 2004; Page A16
HASWAH, Iraq -- His flak jacket was covered in dried blood, his blood. Look at the stains, Marine Lance Cpl. June N. Ramos said, pointing. There were dark red smears all over the front of his camouflage vest.
Ramos reached into the pocket of the flak jacket and pulled out a small silver tin wrapped in a plastic bag. He opened the container, which held a half-dozen Communion wafers.
"Instead of putting a grenade in here," Ramos said, fastening the pocket of his vest, "I put the body of Christ."
They call him the "warrior monk." Ramos, 32, was studying to be a Benedictine monk when he joined the Marines in 2003. He wants to be a chaplain, but first, he said, he must live the life of a Marine grunt.
So this is where he was on a crisp morning in Iraq, guarding a police station in this city 25 miles south of the capital, barbed wire surrounding the complex where he had slept fitfully in the cold air.
"I'm a Filipino citizen, serving in the United States Marines, fighting for the United States," he said, his body upright and at attention while he talked.
Ramos had just returned to duty after being hit by shrapnel from an improvised bomb in October. It was not the first time he had been hurt.
He picked up his helmet, which had a small wooden cross hanging from it, and showed the chin strap that probably saved his life. The strap was torn, shredded by the metal that had hit it before going into Ramos's neck. Metal lodged in a sinus cavity and his gums -- but it had been slowed enough that he survived. He remembered the experience clearly -- the explosion and then the pain.
When a Marine dies in combat, they say he's bought the farm. Ramos did not buy the farm, just a ride home. But when he was in the field hospital in Baghdad, Ramos said, he knew he had to return to the field. He had work to do. He is the man who administers Communion to Roman Catholic Marines on the front, and his job was not done yet.
"This is my calling, the reason why I am here," said Ramos, a slight man with an impish grin. He was bundled up for the cold, his green, Marine-issued scarf pulled tight over his head to cover his ears. He also wore a black stocking cap, like those worn by the rest of his platoon buddies in 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
He keeps surviving, Ramos said. He has been in mortar attacks, mine explosions, the roadside bomb attack that cut his neck. In any other place, he might feel invisible, but Ramos knows that danger does not start and stop. He has not yet made it out.
"God is always with me," Ramos said. "He's always there watching."
He was walking through a field a few months ago when a mine exploded. The sound was so loud that he thought for sure he'd been hit. He was covered in dust, feeling for his legs, when he realized he was walking. He was intact.
A few weeks later, he was in a concrete bunker that fellow Marines were reinforcing with sandbags. It collapsed on him, pinning him on his side. "I was so very lucky," Ramos said. He escaped with only a large bruise on his rib cage.
Before he became a Marine, Ramos was studying at a monastery in Abiquiu, New Mexico, an isolated spot on a dirt road near the Chama River. After he serves his four-year tour in the Marines, Ramos said, he intends to return to his theological studies and become a monk.
His fellow Marines respect the life he has chosen, he said. "They totally understand. We are in war, but still God is watching over us."
He is not always in the holiest environment, Ramos said. The Marines around him swear and often take God's name in vain. But if he is to be a Marine chaplain, Ramos said, he has to live this life, has to know what the Marines have gone through.
"I can relate to them," he said. "It isn't that bad."
The hospital in Baghdad where Ramos recovered from the bomb blast in October had a special hallway reserved for insurgents who had been wounded and were being patched up by military doctors. Ramos said he was angry, hurt, in pain, but he decided to walk down that hallway.
"God told me not to be angry, " Ramos said. "I pretty much quoted what Jesus said on the cross. I prayed that they would know the real presence of God, that God would guard them and protect them."
He came back to his unit about two weeks ago, a man who had forgiven and was ready to fight again, Ramos said. He would not dream of being anyplace else.
"I trust in God and keep the faith," Ramos said. "If God is with me, who can be against me, right? Be not afraid, that's what I say."
Please pray for Theresa Stone and her boyfriend Mat Fairchild. He is overseas and being called into Falluha to fight. That is where there is heavy combat and people dying left and right. She's worried sick about him. Please pray for his safety and the safety of everyone fighting. Pray for this madness to end soon. Pray for Theresa to be calm and comforted. They are 2 incredibly beautiful people and really need support and positive energy.
A friend and former CAMPer died this week: Andy Zinna. He was an awesome kid, a really nice kid. I lived Cursillo with his mom, Donna. Andy had an amazing smile, was totally charming, and was a loving brother and son. He had a twin sister, Katie, who is a great girl. He was also a funny guy. He was on my team nearly every year that he did CAMPS. When I was leading team Canada, the kids had to build me a boat out of cardboard, duct tape, and spraypaint. As team leader, I would sail this boat in a race against the other team leaders. Andy took over the boat-building operation. With his consummate charm, he soothed my anxieties about the race and told me that he had taken engineering classes at his high school and knew exactly how to build the boat. Of course he was totally lying, and when they revealed my "boat" I knew it wasn't going anywhere fast, except maybe to the bottom of the lake. Which it did, almost immediately. He had a fantastically mischievous grin on his face when they unveiled it. We could always joke around, but he also knew what was important in life and when to take things seriously.
I have not seen Andy in nearly 4 years. I did not find out that he had died until today, when Tammy sent out an email. Consequently, I missed the funeral. People my age just don't check the obituaries for 22-year-old guys.
He was a good person.
Does anyone know where I can find a copy of Don Bartlett's Macaroni at Midnight?
I can't seem to find it anywhere!!
Hello. This is Justine. I was a camper last year and hoping to be on staff next year. Some of you know me, some of you wish you did. Just thought I would make my presense known and let you guys know that I need a lot of prayers, so I would appreciate it if you all would remember me in your's. Thanks.
If anyone is listening, go to 90.9 WBUR--there's a show on the Silver Ring Thing. It is really interesting...
So tonight I was sitting here at my computer playing a game of freecell (oh what an addiction I have) when out of the blue some of the lyrics to a song wedged themselves into my brain and refused to leave. The funny thing was I haven't even heard or thought of this song in well over a year or so. Which of course made me start thinking (I know I know...a terrible habit!) So after about 15 minutes of internet research I managed to locate the rest of the words to the song. It lead to a few moments of self reflection, a few moments for myself that I definitely needed. A few moments that Someone else knew I needed too. Anyway, I figured I would share the words of the song with you, even though most of you may know them already. Peace!
We've all heard it said
that actions speak louder than words
And love that is seen
means much more than love that's just heard
That's the way that is was with our Savior
whose life told the story of love
Someone was watching
Someone was listening
Dying to know what He knew so well
It helped them believe it
if they could just see it
That's why Jesus lived to tell
Now this is my prayer
Lord, help me to live what I say
For so many times,
I know that my actions betray
Let it be like it was with my Savior
let my life tell His story of love
Cause someone is watching
Someone is listening
Dying to know what we know so well
It will help them believe it
if in us they see it
That's why we must live...
I will live to tell
of the One who has rescued my heart
I will live to tell
of the One who can bring a new start
Take my life and let it be,
a reflection of You for the whole world to see
The God who is alive and well
I will live to tell
Someone is watching
Someone is listening
Could be your neighbor, your brother, your friend
It will help them believe it
if in you they see Him
so what will you do....
Please pray for my friend Dave. He just had a stroke and is in ICU, but so far I think is doing okay. He is only 29 yrs. old.
Please pray for Kate. She has cancer and is making a trip to Lourdes in search of healing. Pray for an increase in her faith and for comfort from the Holy Spirit for Kate and her family. Pray that she may be healed on her pilgrimage, both spiritually and physically.
I need prayers for my friend Jean and her son, Teddy. He's in jail right now for violating probation; but now he's trying to find help for his alcoholism and there are no openings in the programs inside. (Ironically I just heard on the news this morning that more programs like this are being cut by the state.) He is also wondering how he will graduate high school--he is 18. Jean is very worried about him; she is a single mom and works a lot, but is trying very hard to help him. Pray for them!
Unlike John, there are no film credits to my name, I've never shaved my head or sold dictionaries door-to-door (although I did use one recently to look up the word 'aikido'), and I don't work. However, I DID staff CAMPS this summer so I decided to visit the community and say hi.
Chrissy - your entry about the cat vomit-like entree was quite enlightening and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.
Steve - it is so awesome that you stepped up to offer to handle all the promo & logistics for sing night. So, it's all set. (I guess they're sending out this mass email to let everyone know it's at your house, with date & time and all that.) Again, that was SO generous. Thanks!!!
So, anyway - nice to 'see' you all! Talk to you again soon.
On a serious note... I would love to find a retreat that I can go to for a couple of days-it's been a while since I've done anything like that for ME. Any suggestions, anyone??? (Besides Curseo)It would have to be some place fairly close-I really don't want to spend time/money on transportation.
Hey, all. This is John Brooks. You may know me from such films as "John goes to the store", "John gets his head shaved", or maybe my early work in the French rendition of "Little Red Riding Hood" as the ravenous wolf who poses as a dictionary salesman.
I just wanted to say hi, I joined the community. Currently, my activities are work, aikido, and youth group at St. Mary of the Hills. I may have a couple of projects involving bible study or prayer group during the year, so please let me know if you'd be interested.
1. Does anyone who's more computer-savvy than I want to play with the code to make this look cool?
2. Is there anything else you'd like to see added to the interests?
3. Is there anything else in general you think we need here?
4. Is there anyone else in the CAMPS world that has an lj that doesn't know about this, that we know? If so, pass it on! =)