On the first day of vacation, I went to one of my favorite places to visit – the Saint Padre Pio Centre and Museum. The center is located off of Rt. 100 South, on Barto Rd., Barto, PA. If you have never been there, and are in need of a peaceful, quiet place that’s free, check it out.
The rolling hills of Barto, the sacred statues with thousands of prayer requests, rosaries, the chapel, the gift center and museum make this place very sacred. It’s true I am a Pastor in the United Church of Christ and not catholic, but I do have a love for Saint Francis and Saint Pio. This center however is about Saint Pio, his life, his miracles, and his healings. The museum even has a video which I recommend watching as it tells about his life along with the many he healed.
If you are in need of a quiet place to rest, to gather your thoughts, to reflect, then think about coming to the Saint Padre Pio Centre and Museum. There are benches at various places for you to sit and just be.
PRAY, HOPE AND DON’T WORRY – one of the sayings of Saint Pio.
How do we handle it or how do we protect ourselves, our families, and our homes when we’ve been burglarized? This question comes way to close to home as I think about my next-door neighbor whose home was burglarized yesterday afternoon.
The policeman who came to speak with me and other neighbors told us to be on the alert, keep everything locked up and be on watch for anything out of the ordinary. The burglars are believed to have been interrupted either by my leaving at 1:55PM or the owner coming home at 3PM. And since they didn’t get what they wanted – we were all told they would be back.
It really is scary when I think about it, both for our neighbors and for us, Stan and I. Because other than the same neighbor almost having their truck stolen from their driveway about two years ago, we’ve really not had any problems for over 25 years since we moved in.
We all felt safe living here, but now we question it. Even though my home was not broken into, my sense of safety, of a safe haven has been altered. So what to do? How do we keep our homes and those in them safe?
One statement comes to mind from Joyce Meyer’s book, “Power Thoughts”: 1) I will not live in fear.
I also try to remember the verse from Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
As I work through what I am feeling, maybe my sharing will help you in what you face in your life. Aloha (the breath of God is in our presence).
Every week , there will be new posts: an online midweek message, Pastor Lorraine’s ramblings and a what’s happening at St. James (calendar of events). The online midweek message includes the upcoming Sunday’s sermon title and theme; any special events that may be taking place; a one-to-two line quotation from the previous Sunday’s sermon; a thought for the week as well as a brief prayer.