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  • Rich, I can only imagine how difficult life can be for you. And, we all experience victimhood. Even Jesus was a victim! I know how disheartened you can get, but it sounds like you are walking your desert well, with grace and strength. I'm glad you found a way not to do it alone. We ALL need help every now and again. My prayers are with you. God bless you for the strong, sensitive person you obviously are!

    Posted on Apr 19th, 2010 at 12:08 PM by Mary Breiner

  • Rich, God Bless You! I have your book and I am still working on finishing it...maybe tonight.

    Posted on Apr 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Lawrence

  • "Ace"- as usual you provide food for thought for our daily lives. God bless you. With love from GA!!! I love envisioning Joanne in heaven just loving life and having no pain. You always get through your deserts with renewed spirit and passion!!

    Posted on Apr 25th, 2010 at 8:11 PM by Kihm

  • If only everyone, who has lived life as a "victim," had someone like you to motivate and guide them. You have lived the life, and gone through the experiences you have, so that you can be an inspiration to others Rich. Thanks!

    Posted on Apr 26th, 2010 at 4:55 PM by Colleen

  • I fully learned your tremendous spiritual depth in this blog Richie! You will cross the barren desert and you will not be afraid, for Jesus (with Joanne) is leading the way. My prayers go with you daily. Prayerfully, Maureen

    Posted on Apr 26th, 2010 at 6:23 PM by Maureen O'Connor

  • Rich, I am reminded that when Christ tells us to lay our burdens down, he doesn't mean we should pick them up again after we've had a nap. The laying down or the surrendering is an active and reoccurring activity. But it is one in which we find strength, renewal and humility.

    Posted on Apr 30th, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Annie Teich

  • Thanks for verbalizing those aspects which have kept me a Catholic. The richness of our belief system, the many paths through which we can find peace and strength and especially the underlying sense that things are going to work out and all will be well. There's a very calming quality to our faith which rises above the one-dimensional chaotic din of other doctrines. I recently had a very intense debate with an acquaintance who rescinded her Catholic upbringing over its devotion to the Blessed Mother. She pities me as one who's got it wrong. I pity her as one who's missing out.

    Posted on May 8th, 2010 at 10:35 PM by Russell Szabados