Friday, January 23, 2009

Shot of the Day January 23, 2009


Good News From Mary January 23, 2009

35th March for Life Marks New Challenges, New Hopes

Tens of thousands marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. Thursday, marking the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with another peaceful protest.

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Praying to Our Father

The next time you attend a prayer meeting, pay close attention to the manner in which individuals address God. Invariably, the form of address will be something like this, "Our dear heavenly Father," "Father," "Father God," or some other form of reference to God as Father. What is the significance of this? It would seem that the instructions of our Lord in giving the model prayer, "The Lord's Prayer," is emulated by our propensity for addressing God as Father. Since Jesus said, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father,'" that form of address has become the virtual standard form of Christian prayer. Because this form of prayer is used so frequently, we often take for granted its astonishing significance.

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Super Foods, Super Cheap

Imagine ordinary food items, available in any supermarket, that are powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and even put you in a better mood. You'd surely stock up on a lifetime supply and see to it that you add at least one super ingredient to every meal.

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Senate panel proposes $300 bonus for seniors

Senior citizens receiving Social Security would get a bonus payment of $300 under the Senate version of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan.

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Remembering the '1984' Super Bowl Mac ad

The fact that the Los Angeles Raiders humiliated the Washington Redskins in a 38-to-9 victory is a mere afterthought. Super Bowl XVIII's lasting legacy has been a single advertisement sandwiched somewhere in the third quarter: Apple Computer's iconic "1984" commercial.

It began, in a clear nod to George Orwell's novel of the same name, with tense strains of music, the image of figures marching through a tube across a dank industrial complex, and the start of a bizarre monologue: "Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives."

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Good News for January 23 from Mary Beth

Protection of vulnerable people must be top priority in eastern Congo, says aid agency

"As Rwanda and DRC join forces against rebel militias, protection of civilians must be the priority, warns humanitarian agency World Vision."

Read more on the situation here.

'Seven Pounds': No Room for Grace

"This Christmas, the movie Seven Pounds was advertised as a feel-good, inspirational film. Rarely has an advertising campaign been so wrong. The odd thing is that the movie actually does come close to being inspirational—but in the end, it completely misses the mark."

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London school teaches art of positive thinking

"Class helps students shrug off life's everyday disappointments and depressions." Click here for more about this lesson in living.

All alone on the deep blue sea

"Rich Wilson has been sailing a 60-foot racing yacht around the world by himself for 2-1/2 months through stormy seas."

Join his lonely voyage here.

Volunteers of all ages learn value of time spent doing good works

"The volunteers, all senior citizens, have arrived for the afternoon shift. Promptly at 2 p.m. on a chilly day, Paula Harrington slides open the glass window of the Carmichael Food Closet to serve the first client waiting in line."

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Family Pro: Showing up is the key to raising kids

"Jim Mazzaferro learned a lot about how to be a parent before he became one.

One of the key lessons was simple: Show up."

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Tired of the teen diva thing?

"The Woodlands' Kathryn Hallberg, 14, is a young songwriter with heart, talent and a new album. She wrote her first song at 11."

Tune in to the music here.

Two classic N.O. Steak houses are sizzling again

"The events of August and September 2005 were brutal in countless respects. In the arena of fine dining, that was especially true of those who make a living preparing -- or find living more enjoyable while eating -- high-quality steaks."

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Friday, January 23, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Learning, living Good Book by heart

"Thomas Carpenter is 9 years old and can recite every Bible verse from the first six chapters of Galatians and Ephesians, and a whole bunch of Luke.

And no kiddie Bible for him, either. He quotes the real deal: the King James version."

Read more about Bible quiz tournaments here...

Pope asks young Catholics to use technology to share their faith

"Pope Benedict XVI asked young Catholics to use their computers, Facebook accounts, blogs and Internet video posts to share with their peers the joy of faith in Christ."

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Recession-Proof Your Marriage

"In the United States today many married couples are facing greater financial difficulty than ever before. The housing market has cooled and thousands of families are struggling to keep their homes. The Mayo Clinic cites financial problems as one of the chief reasons why married couples need counseling (1).

A typical recession only lasts a few months, but it is a painful run and can have devastating consequences. Just as we need to take action to protect our finances in times of recession, we need to take steps to protect our families as well. Don’t let a financial crisis foreclose on your marriage."

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