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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Great article written by Angie Ferguson, a triathlon coach, but it could be applied to any endeavor in life...
Some people think the body is the strongest asset an athlete has, but I beg to differ. You can have the strongest body, healthiest heart or biggest biceps, but if you don’t have a strong mind, you will be beaten every time. If you really want to make positive changes in your fitness and/or take your training to the next level, you need to think about training your brain.
Training the brain does not involve any Jedi mind tricks. It just requires a desire to change and a plan of action. First, decide what’s holding you back. Decide what needs to change. What about your subconscious is holding you back? The idea of success? Selfworth or a lack of belief that you deserve to be successful? Lack of skills? Do you need to learn a new skill to compete at a higher level?
Determine exactly what needs to be changed and set a new course of brainpower action. Next, make note of your mental negatives and reframe your thinking and self-talk. The messages we send ourselves have a far greater impact on our performance than any amount of training. For example, if you tell yourself, “I can’t run, I’m not fast enough, and it hurts too much,” this becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
However, the opposite is true as well. Once you recognize these negative statements, train your brain to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones like, “I can do this, I am a runner, and I am strong.” These too become self fulfilling prophecies but with a much more positive outcome. Make a conscious effort to review your new thoughts daily. Write them down and post them somewhere you’ll see them each day.
It takes time and effort to re-pattern our thought processes. Making your goal more than just a onetime declaration will help keep you accountable and force your brain to take on this new thought. You will constantly be thinking about it and repeating it. The more you engage the brain in this new patterned thinking, the more you go over these new positive messages, the more your subconscious will believe them to be true and therefore your plan of action will be different.
The steps you take toward your goal will be driven by the fact that you have begun to see and know that you will continue to see success. Finally, don’t be afraid to embrace failure. So what if you had a setback and missed your mark or posted a slower time? No big deal. What’s going to bring you success is getting back up, reevaluating what happened, learning from the experience and resetting a new thought process designed to achieve your goals.
It is never shortcomings or failures that keep people from realizing their dreams. It’s what they decide to do after they fall. Never let what you think you can’t do get in the way of what you can do.
Angie Ferguson is an exercise physiologist from Fort Myers, Florida. She is a USA Triathlon Advanced Level 2 coach, USA Cycling coach and has a Specialty in Sports Nutrition certification.
Friday, November 17, 2017
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Thanksgiving November 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
NOVEMBER 19, 2017
OPENING PRAYER: Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, My memory, my understanding and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace; that is enough for me. —St. Ignatius of Loyola
GOSPEL ~Matthew 25:14–30
Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”
MEDITATION The parable of the talents can be read on two levels; one is financial responsibility and a possible lesson in investing. What is the other? What does this parable tell us God expects us to do with our talents? What are some of the talents the presenter talks about that you may possess?
PRAYER: Think of yourself as one of the servants in the parable. Consider that a talent would be worth about $300,000 in today’s money. How many “talents” has the master given you? Look at them and then, honestly, decide what you would do if you were given responsibility for $300,000, $900,000 or $3,000,000. Would you be excited about investing it, or would you be afraid to lose it? What would you do with that much money? Now focus on your own gifts and abilities. How are you using them? Are you afraid to “invest” them for fearing of losing them?
RESOLUTION: Take a few minutes to write down some of the talents and gifts you possess. Make a decision to take at least one small step in implementing a neglected or undeveloped talent that you can put in the service of others this week.
CLOSING PRAYER: Loving God, I come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all I am and all that I have is a gift from you. In faith and love, help me to do your will. I am listening, Lord God. Speak your words into the depth of my soul, that I may hear you clearly. I offer to you this day all the facets of my life, Whether it be at home, at work, or at school— to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy. Give me the wisdom and insight to understand your will for me and the fervor to fulfill my good intentions. I offer my gifts of time, talent and possessions to you as a true act of faith, to reflect my love for you and my neighbor. Help me to reach out to others as you, my God, have reached out to me.
Monday, November 13, 2017
William Keith Collins, husband of SFX parishioner, Donna Collins, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Baptist Health. Keith was 76. He was a retired educator for over 27 years, an alumni of Berea College and the University of Louisville, and served as the assistant principal and athletic director at Bullitt East High School.
He was preceded in death by his father, William King Collins. Keith is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Donna Knoop Collins; daughter, Jennifer Leigh Collins; son, Scott Collins (Amy); his mother, Jessie Collins; niece, Julie Kessler ( Shawn); great nephew, Bryant Miles; special niece, Amy Brafford; sisters-in-law, Julia Woodrome and Sabrina Knoop; and brother-in-law, Robert Knoop.
A celebration of Keith's life will be 12 p.m. Wednesday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 10am until time of the service on Wednesday. Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Hosparus of Louisville.
May Keith have eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and may Donna, his family and friends have peace and comfort during this time of their loss.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Tickets go on sale after Mass beginning the weekend of November 18th. Space is limited so get your tickets early. Dinner will be catered by Q-Master Catering and served by our SFX church youth. Admission for Adults is $20.00. and $12.00 for children under 12.
Thursday, November 9, 2017