Moments of Discomfort

03-25-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Have you turned on the AC at home? How lovely the coolness! Then there are those who never have to because they live in, Silverton, Colorado. This image was taken from a south perch on Highway 550 last January. I stood in the cold half an hour waiting for the daylight to dim and the street lights to do their thing, and I felt the cold's bite. Daniel's Canticle (3:57-88) came to mind and made the moment spiritual: Cold and chill, bless the Lord. The northern wind is the Lord's creature also.

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Frustration in Caregiving

03-25-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Taking care of someone is not an easy task. Caregiving can be very demanding and stressful. It is not uncommon for caregivers to experience frustration with their loved ones and the entire caregiving situation. How do you know when frustration is building up within you? According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, some of the warning signs include headaches, chest pains, shortness of breath, stomach cramps, compulsive eating, excessive consumption of alcohol, and impatience. If you find yourself becoming frustrated while performing your caregiving duties, there are several things you can do to reduce the frustration.

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Marriage

03-18-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Last Month Holy Cross hosted a tribute to our married couples at a pre-Valentine's Day Celebration as Valentine's Day fell on an Ash Wednesday this year. The couples had a chance to receive the Church's blessing for their sacramental unions—and I was glad to impart it.

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Caregiver Respite Program

03-18-2018On the Caregiving Journey…
  • When was the last time you checked your compassion capacity?
  • Do you know how much compassion you have left within you to help you be a loving caregiver?
  • Are you currently experiencing any of these on a regular, frequent basis: irritability, resentment, anger, depression, annoyance, exhaustion, frustration, sarcasm, pessimism, apathy, being overwhelmed?
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God's Love

03-11-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Red Mountain Ranch offers a picturesque golf course captivating both sportsman and photographer. It only makes sense to appreciate our sports, our health and our capacities to experience beauty and love when God is thanked for them.

One of the more difficult experiences I deal with as a priest is when someone is not convinced of God's love for them, as if they needed to prove themselves first to God. But that's not how it works. God's love is the constant in our lives. One needs a simple heart to acknowledge that God is loving us at every instance.

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Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

03-04-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Many of the nearly 60 million caregivers in our country are long-distance caregivers who try to help their loved ones from many miles away. This is a very difficult caregiving journey due to the lack of proximity. If this is your situation, you may be wondering what resources are available to help you be most effective. One excellent resource is the web site for the National Institute on Aging with the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services. This website includes a section on caregiving and specifically on how to be a long-distance caregiver.

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The moral of the story

03-04-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

The County Courthouse of Silverton Colorado stands out against the backdrop of the Bear Mountain. And, yes, its tower needs a fresh coat. But those imperfections are more than swallowed up for the moment while the observer takes in the breathtaking landscape.

The practice of charity towards anyone has a similar dynamic to observing this photo: when you look at the finer details of someone's life, there are plenty of imperfections readily seen, but it suffices to say that the overall image is quite beautiful.

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