By Mary Sayad

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    Will I need an umbrella?
    Should every thought rhyme?
    Must I put a question mark after every line?

    How come birds fly cheaply
    While we pay dearly?

    When does fun become fun?
    What makes us laugh?
    Do you know how come?

    Why do we need to rest?
    Is moderation really best?

    Why do we always have to have dinner?
    Is someone lucky,
    A bread-winner?

    If, speeding is over-rated,
    Why does a patrolman complicate it?

    If water is wet for washing all sorts of things,
    How come we need to dry clean?

    Why are some days longer than others,
    While some days are too short for mothers?

    Why does Ray always pray?
    How come
    Can't stop?

    Why is Deenie almost dizzy,
    Debbie always busy
    While Greg always takes in stride
    The words that I post at this site?

    And how come Nancy
    Lovely and nice,
    Makes a saintly wife?

    Why did I write this?
    Does it make sense?

    I haven't got a clue,
    Do you?

    2005 MARY SAYAD

    Beloved Friends,

    Should I apologize for this quirky side of me? Sometimes we all need to "lighten-up".

    We celebrate life every time we share a smile, tell a joke (only decent ones), enjoy dessert (within moderation), challenge ourselves and pray with and for each other.

    Besides his healing powers, I learned that the Archangel Raphael, had a great sense of humor. This tells me he probably enjoyed tricking us into believing that he's a real person. Perhaps undocumented, angels have a way of lifting our spirits with humor and joviality. It's always a good habit to treat everyone we meet with kindness and good cheer. You never know, you may be an angel to someone who needs a smile. When you lift someone from a sad mood, you also do the works of angels and you're rewarded with a sense of well being. This may not be earth shaking and it may seem mundane, however if you're an individual living with pain or physical ailments (most kids and generally under forty folks don't know what pain is), a feeling of well being is priceless! So reward yourself by being charitable and kind to your neighbor. A simple "Love thy neighbor as thyself" rule applies to everyday living.

    Guess what? You don't really have anything to lose and everything to gain. Being kind to a stranger is just what Jesus encouraged. Mary, His Blessed Mother was always kind to everyone she encountered. When you're kind and generous with good cheer, you become closer to Jesus and Mary.

    Our Heavenly Father gave us the ability to smile and laugh so " lighten-up" , forget your personal gripes and make someone-else happy! How about that?

    Because July 26 was the Feast of St. Joachim and Ann, I encourage you to log into my archives and read the message which was posted July 25, 2003 for Sts. Joachim and Ann.

    Prayers are powerful! Once again, I encourage you to remember our Country, our troops and their families as well as your personal intentions to your daily rosary recital and devotions.
    Thank you.

    Your companion in prayer,

    Disciples in Mission


    Loving God, you called us each by name and gave your only Son to redeem us. In your faithfulness, you sent the Holy Spirit to compelete the mission of Jesus among us. Open our hearts to Jesus. Give us the courage to speak his name to those who are close to us and generosity to share his love with those who are far away. We pray that every person throughout the world be invited to know and love Jesus as Savior and Redeemer. May they come to know his all-surpassing love. May that love transform every element of our society. We ask this through Christk Our Lord. Amen

    Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us. St. Paul the Apostle. pray for us.

    2001, Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association