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   I spent some time this past week speaking with those who traveled with Fr. MacLeod on the Pilgrimage to Ireland we sponsored in June.  One aspect they all shared was the gracious hospitality and friendliness of the Irish people they encountered along the journey.  As we have all seen in news reports, the USA has been drawing a lot of criticism in Europe for some of its political actions.  Our pilgrims were cautiously hoping they would not feel the fall-out of this during their overseas visit.  It was refreshing and encouraging to both them and me that when it comes to people to people….kindness and respect are a personal choice. It is the underlying message of the Gospels; this treating others, as we would like to be treated ourselves.  A wonderful ideal too often lost in most of the tragic conflicts we witness around the world and in our own homes.  May God help all of us strive to keep this "Golden Rule" in action in all our relationships.


May the peace and love of Christ fill your hearts,  
 Father Bob McDade, M.SS.CC. 


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