Monday, November 7, 2022

 Monday Night at the Movies

Franco Zefferelli, Jesus of Nazareth, 1977



Titus, Chapter 1, Verse 1-4

1Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, 2in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began, 3who indeed at the proper time revealed his word in the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God our savior, 4to Titus, my true child in our common faith: grace and PEACE from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.


When we are at peace with ourselves and with God, we can more full focus on explosive growth of the faith. We can see via the Holy Spirit that all have a responsibility to build up the Kingdom of God.

We in a sense have a divinely appointed mission to lead others to the true faith and through it to eternal salvation.


The Law of Explosive Growth[1]


Becoming a great leader is about more than attracting followers. You also need to spend time developing leaders and encouraging strong employees in your company to grow.


In his chapter on the Law of Explosive Growth, John Maxwell writes, “Good leaders lead for the sake of their followers and for what they can leave behind after their time of leadership is completed.” While it’s nice to feel personally needed as a leader, you’re limiting the potential of your company unless you aim to train other leaders in your organization.


Your company will fall apart if you’re the only engine powering your business. How can regional branches thrive without you if you’ve built a company that needs your presence to survive? And more importantly, what happens when you retire? If you spend time developing other influential leaders to carry the weight, your company will have longevity.


How to Use the Law of Explosive Growth. Maxwell writes that it’s the weakest members of the organization that require the most time and attention. If you focus on that bottom 20%, you’ll spend 80% of your time trying to help them. However, if you use that time to develop your top 20% of employees instead, their leadership can help carry the weaker employees so that everyone improves overall.

Think about the three stages of the leadership process: personal development, team development, and leader development. Which step of the process are you currently in? Focus on your goal and use that to motivate you as you blast through stage one and two and arrive at step three.


Next, think about what you’re currently doing to discover potential leaders. This could require an overhaul of your hiring process to attract the right people. Seek out leaders at conventions or networking events and make connections. You can also hire a skilled recruiter to find people with the leadership qualities you’re looking for.


Finally, you want to retain the leaders you do hire. Focus on becoming the kind of leader that other leaders respect and want to follow. Give your leaders the freedom and resources they need to succeed and create an environment that encourages innovation. Encourage risk, as that’s the only way your organization will grow, and generously reward success when you see it.

Bitter Chocolate with Almonds Day[2]

This intriguingly specific Day celebrates a particular combination of flavors – dark, bitter chocolate and toasted almonds. This is one of the oldest recipes involving chocolate known in the English-speaking world, featuring as the only chocolate dish in an 18th-century cookbook. This festivity exists mainly as an idea circulated on the internet. It is sponsored by the National Confections Association, and celebrated and encouraged by organizations such as, a site which aims to encourage cooking and the appreciation of food by holding various different food days. Both the tannins in dark chocolate and the various fatty acids in almonds have many health benefits, various studies have shown. Bitter Chocolate with Almonds Day encourages a delicious and nourishing dessert, which contributes to health and long life. Celebrate by dipping blanched almonds in the best dark chocolate you can find and serving to your friends with a glass of red wine!

Catechism of the Catholic Church





I. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation

1878 All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God.

1879 The human person needs to live in society. Society is not for him an extraneous addition but a requirement of his nature. Through the exchange with others, mutual service and dialogue with his brethren, man develops his potential; he thus responds to his vocation.

1880 A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them. As an assembly that is at once visible and spiritual, a society endures through time: it gathers up the past and prepares for the future. By means of society, each man is established as an "heir" and receives certain "talents" that enrich his identity and whose fruits he must develop. He rightly owes loyalty to the communities of which he is part and respect to those in authority who have charge of the common good.

1881 Each community is defined by its purpose and consequently obeys specific rules; but "the human person . . . is and ought to be the principle, the subject and the end of all social institutions."

1882 Certain societies, such as the family and the state, correspond more directly to the nature of man; they are necessary to him. To promote the participation of the greatest number in the life of a society, the creation of voluntary associations and institutions must be encouraged "on both national and international levels, which relate to economic and social goals, to cultural and recreational activities, to sport, to various professions, and to political affairs." This "socialization" also expresses the natural tendency for human beings to associate with one another for the sake of attaining objectives that exceed individual capacities. It develops the qualities of the person, especially the sense of initiative and responsibility, and helps guarantee his rights.

1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. the teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."

1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. the way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.

1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

Daily Devotions

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Holy Bishops and Cardinals

·       Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Monday: Litany of Humility

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan

·       Rosary



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