Psalm 85, verse 10:
indeed is his salvation for those who FEAR him; glory will dwell in our
This psalm is a
national lament reminding God of past favors and forgiveness and begging for
forgiveness and grace now. A speaker represents the people who wait humbly with
open hearts: God will be active on their behalf. 
This is a prayer that asks that the Lord restore favor to the land. We must not fear but revere! This is Holy
fear which acknowledges, He that is, and that we exist in and through Him by
the saving grace of Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit. The opposite of
revere is to despise. There are many in our country and world who despise the
Lord. How did this come about?
According to the
US Army Leadership manual
followers tend to ask two questions: 1) Is the leader powerful? 2) Does he care
Does He care about me?
Trusted and Respected
get to Holy fear we must know that
God has power (thus acting accordingly by following his commandments) and know
that He cares about us. To not do this we will fear, tolerate or despise our
Lord but if we acknowledge His power and His love we will have reverence and
according to the second part of this verse, “Glory will dwell in our
Example of a trusted and respected
18-Ice trapped the Endurance.
explorers like Ernest Shackleton who wrote this famous advertisement for men of
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of
complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of
Sir Ernest Shackleton,
like so many of his generation, were ultimate adventurers – part hero, part
daredevil – fighting the elements and the odds, too far from civilization to
call for help – laying it all on the line purely for the love of adventure.
Shackleton led a doomed expedition to miraculous survival through the sheer
force of his motivational leadership. In 1914, he set out with a crew of
twenty-eight men on a quest to be the first to travel across the entire
Antarctic continent by way of the South Pole. His ship, Endurance, became caught
in ice and was crushed. After abandoning the ship, he and his men faced
incredible hardship from a variety of brutal Antarctic conditions – from
shifting weather to shifting ice, along with the trials of hunger, illness, and
discouragement – for more than a year.
Yet every man got home
safely when the entire expedition would have perished under weaker leadership.
Incredibly, the only casualty was frostbitten toes on one man. He had passion
for the adventure of the mission, but he also had passion for the men he led.
When he was forced to abandon his doomed ship and realized he would not achieve
his goal of reaching the South Pole en route to the other side, he kept his
disappointment to himself while he shifted his priorities to the well-being of
his men. He said to another leader, F.A. Worsley, “It is a pity [to miss the
crossing], but that cannot be helped. It is the men we have to think about. “He
put his men above himself.
He understood that the
survival of them all might well depend on the quality of his leadership. He
also realized that he could provide better leadership if he served as well as
led. “Shackleton shared the physical labors as well as the watches…[He] would
forego his own rations in order to feed the undernourished or the ill. And he
often did so without anyone knowing it…Shackleton always put the needs of his
men ahead of his personal comfort, and as a result he saved them all.” He
realized that in order to survive they would have to stay healthy – mentally as
well as physically.
When we are trying to
survive, having fun is the farthest thing from our minds. It may even be seen
as trivializing the suffering. But during harsh tribulation it is more important than ever to find something to
enjoy. During hard times we need to find a source of joy in order to maintain a
healthy perspective. As a leader, Shackleton accepted responsibility for
maintaining the spirits as well as the health of his men. Yes, they were brave
adventurers just as Shackleton was, well able to take care of themselves.
Still, Shackleton knew that as a leader he could provide a unique kind of
influence that would be empowering, energizing and uplifting. He continually
sought out ways to boost morale. He set aside time for recreation. They
improvised various forms of entertainment. Several of the men had chosen books
among the possessions they salvaged, and they read aloud to each other. They
played soccer on the ice. “Humor…played a role, with Shackleton telling stories
or teasing his men. What Shackleton was doing was keeping his men alive inside;
by encouraging them to read or sing, he was keeping their spirits from sagging
or dwelling on the inhospitalities that in other circumstances might have
overwhelmed them.” He Inspired Loyalty.
Shackleton’s passion for
his mission and for his men, his passion for leadership, and his passion for
motivation were a source of energy and courage during times of severe
adversity. These virtues made him a leader that people wanted to follow. Even
when his men may not have wanted to do something for themselves, they would do
it for him. He inspired this kind of loyalty because he gave it to his men.
They respected and trusted him because he respected and trusted them. They took
care of him because he took care of them. They put him first because he put
them first. He was a wonderful example of what a role model should be.
Shackleton dedicated South, the book he wrote about their
extraordinary exploits, “To My Comrades.” In one especially moving passage he
observed: “In memories we were rich. We had pierced the veneer of outside
things. We had suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at
glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole. We had seen God in His
splendors, heard the text that natures renders. We had reached the naked soul
of man.” Sixty years after they had been rescued, the expedition’s first officer,
Lionel Greenstreet, was asked how they had done it, how had they survived such
a deadly misadventure. Greenstreet gave a one-word response:
The Ice is Nice and Chee-Chee is Peachy
Over 100 years ago Roald Amundsen on March 7, 1912 announced
his success in reaching the Geographic South Pole to the world. This is the
story about the construction of the South Pole Station in Antarctica in 1973-4
by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB71), also known as the ICE
Battalion, which the author was a member of. The difficulties encountered in
the construction of the station were monumental; enduring temperatures reaching
45 degrees below zero with wind chill factors reaching 80 below. This station
was comprised of a 52-foot-high geodesic dome, weather balloon launch station
and an observation tower for monitoring auroral phenomena. This Battalion was
on the ICE for almost five months and worked around the clock to complete the
project. This was an amazing fact when you consider that most of the
construction was completed in freezing temperatures at a high altitude; for the
South Pole is nearly two miles high by construction engineers less than 20
years old. The physical and mental stresses of working in this "frozen
desert" took its tolls on these young men. This story chronicles the
authors experience in this hostile environment, with bawdy engineers; humorous
antics; hard drinking and temporary insanities and the authors faith journey
amid the beauty and grandeur of the earth's last frontier: Antarctica. The
title of the book is also the motto of the ICE Battalion—it refers to our
mission and our R&R (rest and recreation) in Christchurch, New Zealand.
according to the Almanac “Sale of pre-sliced bread banned in U.S. (law
rescinded March 8), WWII, 1943.”
than Sliced Bread.
Around 1928, a Missouri jeweler named Otto F. Rohwedder invented the automatic bread-slicing machine and became the darling of American kitchens. Bakeries began advertising the pre-cut loaves as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped," prompting Americans to coin that immortal phrase: "The greatest thing since sliced bread."
But America's love of sliced bread
wouldn't stop the government from later banning it.
Starting January 18, 1943—the midst
of World War II—sliced bread was barred from American bakeries and homes. New
baking regulations set by the Office of Price Administration had boosted flour
prices, and the government wanted to prevent these costs from getting passed
down to the consumer. By banning the use of expensive bread-slicing machines,
the government was hoping bakeries could keep their prices low. Officials were
also worried about the country's supply of wax paper—and sliced bread required
twice as much paraffin wrapping as an unsliced loaf. (It prevented the slices
from drying prematurely.)
The decision was extremely unpopular.
On January 26, Sue Forrester of Fairfield, Connecticut wrote a letter to the
editor of The New York Times complaining on behalf of the country’s housewives.
"I should like to let you know how important sliced bread is to the morale
and saneness of a household," Forrester wrote, saying she was forced to
hand-cut more than 30 slices of bread every day for her family. It was a waste
of American time and energy, she argued. It was also a waste of money: A good
bread knife was difficult to find, let alone afford, during the war.
The rule was so disliked that nobody
in the government apparently wanted to confess to having the idea. The ban was
ordered by Food Administrator Claude R. Wickard, but the office of Price
Administration blamed the idea on the agricultural department, which blamed the
"The 'off-again-on-again' ban on
sliced bread today has all the earmarks of a bureaucratic thriller,"
Illinois's Belvidere Daily Republican reported. "The mystery over
'whodunnit' in the first place is surprised only by the confusion in high
places and the pointing of fingers at the next guy or anyone within pointing
The rule also apparently took
everybody by surprise. (Or, as the Daily Republican put it, "[B]akers were
caught with their wrappers down, so to speak.") According to the Chicago
Tribune, "[T]he governmental ban on the sale of sliced bread, effective
yesterday, caught hundreds of Chicago housewives by surprise and sent them
scurrying to hardware stores to raid depleted supplies of bread knives."
The ban applied to everybody except
hotels, restaurants, and railroad dining cars, which were awarded a 60-day
reprieve to prepare. Bakeries that refused to abide by the regulation and
continued using their bread slicers faced steep fines. The New York Area
Supervisor of the Food Distribution Administration, John F. Conaboy, warned
bakeries that the government was "prepared to take stern measures if
But even the law's biggest proponents
couldn't seem to get behind it. Emil Fink, a prominent baker and member of the
New York City Bakers Advisory Committee, pushed hard for the bread-slicing ban.
But one year later, Fink was in court—for slicing bread. According to The New
York Times, a U.S. Attorney chastised the bakery-owner: "[Fink] called
upon the Government to enforce the regulation rigidly and, at that very time,
his bakery was violating the law." Fink was fined $1000.
According to a February 1943 report
in the Harrisburg Telegraph, the ban wasn't even saving money—in fact, bakers
in the area saw sales drop as much as 5 or 10 percent. "While all bakers
have varied reasons for the prevailing decrease, they all agree that the
absence of sliced bread is at least playing some part in the drop," the
Not only did the rule fail to save
money, it didn't even save that much wax paper. On March 8, 1943, the ban was
rescinded, prompting jubilant headlines across the country. As The New York
Times trumpeted: "Sliced Bread Put Back on Sale; Housewives' Thumbs Safe
Hmmm…anyone for banning gas stoves?
Do you fear, tolerate, despise, or trust and
respect your government?
is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday
commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is
the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by
making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the
grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank
our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.
Today’s menu is from Antarctica
where Shackleton proved his medal.
blended malt scotch Whiskey
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN
Article 3-SOCIAL JUSTICE
1928 Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.
Nine Days for Life-Day Three
every pregnant mother receive compassionate care and support as she
nurtures the life in her womb.
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys,
Reflection: When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she opened her heart to receive his message that she would conceive the Son of God in her womb. As a young bride who had not yet lived with her husband, Mary knew that her pregnancy presented many challenges. Despite this knowledge, she faithfully responded,
of Reparation (Choose
some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for
One Step Further: When a woman is facing an unexpected
pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tells tends to set the tone for
her decision-making. Pregnancy can be difficult and frightening, but no matter
the circumstances, it’s important for an expectant mother to feel supported and
loved. Read “10 Ways to Support Her When
She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (respectlife.org/support-her) for simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming
support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant. Your support may be the only
support she receives.
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 Military Leadership, Field Manuel 22-100