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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer Rosary

In keeping with the theme of Addoway's new cause and with October being breast cancer awareness month, I have decided to write about my family's connection with breast cancer.

I was young the first time I can remember hearing about breast cancer. Not sure how old, but young. I know it was not when the incident happened, though. My uncle, my mom's brother, lost his first wife to breast cancer. She went through all the latest treatments including surgery. The doctors thought they had gotten it all. They found out they were wrong. The cancer spread to her brain. My uncle lost the woman he loved. That was the early to mid 1970s; I believe, it was about 1973 or 74.


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September 11th 10 Years Later: Then & Now


August 20, 1989 NYC skyline from Liberty Island Ferry

Interestingly, I started writing this on September 10, 2011. Ten years after I started a new job. I am finishing it on September 11, 2011. Ten years after a horrifying day filled with uncertainty.

September 10, 2001. I started a new job in Dad’s hometown. It was part time administrative for a large international company and the pay was good… I had a great first day.

September 11, 2001. I had the radio tuned to a country station as I drove to work for my second day. I had to be there for 8am (central time). This was not to be a great second day.

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Found What I Was Looking For


Mom & Dad, March 14, 2004

Dad’s parents were Baptist. His great granddad, his mom’s granddad, was a Nazarene preacher. Stories abound of how his Granny White would drag him & his siblings to church. Needless to say it was quite a shock to Mom, a cradle Catholic, Catholic schooled newlywed and first time out of Catholic New England to accompany Dad to his Nazarene granny’s funeral with all its fire and brimstone. She’s often said in relating the story she thought the preacher was gonna have a stroke. Dad was never one to be dedicated to any one religion.

After Mom and Dad had married, Dad decided to try to become Catholic. At that time, they had an at-home type of study. Apparently, it was difficult to study this way, as he gave up.

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Take Up Your Cross

Spirit of God

It occurred to me recently we Christians are not fully following Jesus’ instructions, which he spells out quite clearly.
 
Christians are often treated, like children, as if they should be seen and not heard; however, Jesus himself told all his disciples to be exactly the opposite. It is implied, if not voiced, Christians should practice their faith in their homes, at church or in prayer groups, in other words, behind closed doors, where no one else can see them. Public display or discussion is frowned upon, if not banned by political correctness.
 
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