Friday, November 12, 2010


The other day I was at a restaurant picking up an order and I looked over and noticed something going on. It was two older men sitting at a table together. Now that doesn't sound too strange. Now when I say older I realize that older is relative. Older than what? Older than who?  Well, I mean older than me. Definitely older than teens, because I am nowhere near that.  I would imagine both of these men were in their 60's. Now what was interesting was that even though they were sitting at the same table, eating lunch together they were both talking on their cell phones and ignoring each other.
We hear alot about this subject when it comes to teens and how they are constantly texting or talking on their cell phones. It also isn't strange to be in a store waiting in line and have someone talking on their cell phone while they check out or be in a public place hearing every word of someones conversation because they are talking on their cell phone so loud.
I, myself, have become very attached to my cell phone and I am getting pretty good at texting. The other day a woman made a comment to me about how fast I could text.
Though, despite all this enjoyment of our latest technology it makes me wonder what is happening to our manners and our ability to socialize with each other.
Where are our manners when we are line at a store and we are talking on a phone to someone else. How does that make the check out lady feel?  What about when you're talking to one person and your phone rings and you end up in a conversation with someone else or you are in a public place and talking so loud you are making your business known to everyone around you?
It used to be one of the things we were taught while growing up were phone manners. It is probably too late and the situation way too far gone and times too different and phones are way too progressed and accessible than they used to be but maybe we could try a little bit of manners and consideration when using our phones. I certainly want to work on this my own self.

He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. Proverbs 22:11
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one. Colossians 4:6

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain