Browsing From the Vicar’s Desk by Fr. Tusky

Shay-Part II of II

Posted by Carol Dolinar

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay ... Read More »

Shay-Part I of II

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Shay was mentally and physically ‘challenged.’ His father told the group, “I believe that when a child like my son, Shay, comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true, human nature presents itself and it comes in the way other people treat that child.”

Then he told the ... Read More »

5 - Fifth Important Lesson— Giving When it Counts

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz, who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously ... Read More »

Fourth Important Lesson The Obstacle in Our Path

Posted by Carol Dolinar

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not ... Read More »

Part II (of II)

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home...not from us, our friends, or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my ... Read More »

PART I (of II)

Posted by Carol Dolinar

A few years after I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

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Third Important Lesson— Always remember those who serve

Posted by Carol Dolinar

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”  he asked.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

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Second Important Lesson— Pickup in the Rain

Posted by Carol Dolinar

One night, at 11:30 pm., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down, and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white ... Read More »

Gospel Meditation Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This Sunday's Gospel is known as the "priestly prayer" of Jesus. The entire passage is Jesus entrusting us to the Father. "When I was with them I protected them ? I guarded them," Jesus says. He asks his Father, "Keep them in your name." In this prayer of Jesus, ... Read More »

First Important Lesson— Cleaning Lady

Posted by Carol Dolinar

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans your dorm?”

Surely, this was some kind of joke. ... Read More »