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Thankful Thursday – Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN

 

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Sister Sandra Makowski brings to my life. She is the chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston which covers all of South Carolina. She is a member of our Say Something Nice Sunday Steering Committee. She is the author of a wonderful book, The Side of Kindness, which is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She just completed conducting a three part program on kindness for the Adult Bible School at First Baptist Church of Charleston. She was an outstanding success and came away with many new friends. Her humility and charming sense of humor added to her reception. Sister Sandra is a pioneer in that she is the first woman admitted to study Cannon Law at the Catholic University in Washington, DC. Sister Sandra is a welcome addition to the Christian community in Charleston. I am grateful to God for sending Sister Sandra into my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize those men and women who contribute to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday – June 1

The Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday is June 01, 2014. It is a day to celebrate the people who bring joy to our lives. The goal is to turn down the harsh rhetoric and to replace it with speech that is affirming, uplifting and more Christ-like. The movement started at First Baptist Church of Charleston, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, and has spread to most denominations including the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. This year the Baptist World Alliance will help promote the celebration.

The steering committee is presenting two civility challenges. These are voluntary and self-monitoring. Civility Challenge One: I pledge that during the next 30 days I will refrain from saying anything ugly, demeaning or derogatory to anyone in my workplace and/or daily activities. If I need to offer correction, I will do it in a respectful manner. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and any reactions directly related to the exercise. Civility Challenge Two: For the next 30 days I will say something nice, uplifting or encouraging to at least one person every day. I understand that comments that involve physical appearance are off limits for this exercise. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and of any specific reactions directed related to the exercise. Cardinal Dolan of New York said, “How wonderful it would be if all churches and their members decided to say something positive about other Christians and Christian groups at least one Sunday per year in recognition of our common belief in Christ.”

Pastor Jan Culpepper, pastor of Park Circle Presbyterian Church, North Charleston, SC, added, “Let’s make this more than a celebration for a day. Let’s make it a way of life.” There is nothing to buy or join. Free materials are available at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the home page and then click Say Something Nice Sunday on the right side of the page. Others are encouraged to develop and share their own materials. In 2014, Say Something Nice Sunday and Say Something Nice Day fall on the same day.

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Thankful Thursday – Mary Ann and Pete Martin

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring to my life. Mary Ann grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Columbia College. She moved to Colorado and then California to teach. Pete grew up in Detroit and migrated to San Diego where he and Mary Ann met. Pete served in the Navy. He and Mary Ann moved to Charleston in the late 60s. Pete managed the Adios Warehouse. We met when Mary Ann and my late wife, Liz, worked part-time with Bill Daniels at Tidelands Realty. Pete later worked with the carillon bell company on Johns Island.  Pete is a master cabinet maker and has built several pieces of furniture for me. His workmanship is amazing. Mary Ann is a teacher, but has volunteered for several years now in the office at Blessed Sacrament School. They are active members at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Pete has contributed much of the cabinetry. Pete went with me to see Bishop Guglielmone when I was seeking the Bishop’s support for Say Something Nice Sunday.  Mary Ann and Pete were rocks of support when Liz died. I will be forever grateful to them. They are remarkable thoughtful and generous friends. They are two of the original members of the Wednesday Night Dinner Group. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Msgr. James Carter

  On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Father Jimmy Carter brings to my life. At a very difficult time in my life I was invited to train the lectors at Christ Our King Catholic Church. I was deeply honored by their gracious invitation, but deeply apprehensive because being a life-long Baptist I didn’t want to do anything inappropriate. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and Father Carter assured that he would give me all the guidance that I needed. Of course, I was amused that a catholic church had a priest named Jimmy Carter. We had a wonderful time together. The time I spent there was one of the highlights of my religious experience. Father Carter gently provided all the guidance I needed. At the conclusion he assured me that I had not done or said anything that would not be appropriate in any church. The training manual they used had the best description ever. “The lector should be a window through which the parishioner can see God.” In other words, if the reader is too perfect, the focus will be on how well the reader did. If the reading is poorly done then that will be the focus. The reader should not be the focus. As is true in most situations, the teacher learned more than the students. Thank you, Msgr. Carter for adding another dimension to my understanding of other Christian traditions. The experience has deeply enriched my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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