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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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Archbishop Dolan Elevated to Cardinal

Last year Archbishop Dolan of New York endorsed Say Something Nice Sunday. On Saturday, February 18, 2012 Archbishop Dolan was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal.

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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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Bishop Guglielmone’s Endorses Say Something Nice Sunday

Bishop Guglielmone of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston sends a glowing endorsement of Say Something Nice Sunday and urges all Christians to take part in the celebration on June 6.
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