Fun facts to ponder

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Between John Paul II’s election to the papacy in 1978 and his death in 2004, more than 17 million people attended his weekly audiences in Rome.


The word “Catholic” was first used by Ignatius of Antioch around the year A.D. 110. It is from the Greek word katholikos, which means “toward the whole.” Ignatius was suggesting that the Church is a gift offered by Christ to all people.


An ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s.


why we expect more from technology and less from each other…

Hold on loosely, but don’t let go. If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control…

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.


Lord grant me the serenity to accept stupid people the way they are, courage to maintain my self control, and the wisdom to know that if I act on it, I will go to jail.



Taste is something you can buy, class is not!

Defenses protect and keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Without them, you’re on a fast tract to a nervous breakdown…


Pope John Paul II traveled to more than 129 different countries, logging more than 750,000 frequent flyer miles, which is about three times the distance to the moon.


Live life like someone left the gate open… :smile:


One tragedy of our lives today is the sense of isolation and meaninglessness that afflicts so many people…

“In private, watch your thoughts;
in the family, your temper;
in company, your tongue.”


That reminds me of something I was told in Brazil, many years ago. If you suspect you may have diabetes, there’s a quick and reliable — and cost-free — way to find out. First, find an ants’ nest. Then urinate on the ground, a few feet away from it. If your urine attracts the ants, you have diabetes. If they leave it alone, you’re okay.


The experience of Beauty is personal and one that no one else can define for another person…

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A quick way to clean fireplace or wood burning stove glass, put a bit of the fire ash on a wet paper towel and wipe the soot right off. Then wipe the glass using a clean paper towel.

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Polar bear fur is transparent, not white.


I never knew that.

I learn something new about the Faith each and every day and I’m a cradle to grave–womb to tomb Catholic. So much more interesting things left to learn. Lord help me be open to your teachings.


The crime rate in Vatican City is 133.6%, which means there are more annual offenses than there are people in the Vatican (about 500 people). Most of the crimes, though, are committed by visiting tourists.

I heard pick pocketing is common there.

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I don’t think it’s pleasant anywhere, is it?

Years ago, I once had my wallet nicked on a crowded Underground train in London. I have never again put anything at all in the back pocket of my pants.

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