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Back From Iraq
By B.B.
Source: St. Anthony Messenger
Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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At our Thanksgiving dinners, sometimes as part of the grace before the meal, we each say what we are especially thankful for right now. This year I will say I am thankful for the removal of combat troops from Iraq.

Yes, we all know it’s not “Mission Accomplished,” and we will never know the jubilation of V-E or V-J Day. Changing the program from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn” does not mean Iraq is militarily secure or its government is democratic. But it is a milestone, as President Barack Obama said in his August 31 speech from the Oval Office, only the second time in his presidency he has used that prestigious venue.

About 50,000 Americans remain in the country in an advisory capacity. What that means in a country that six months after its national elections had yet to form a government, I can’t predict. But I do know two things: Fewer Americans will die in Iraq, and Obama kept a key campaign...

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Brother Juniper: "Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers," said Francis of this holy friar. 
<p>We don’t know much about Juniper before he joined the friars in 1210. Francis sent him to establish "places" for the friars in Gualdo Tadino and Viterbo. When St. Clare was dying, Juniper consoled her. He was devoted to the passion of Jesus and was known for his simplicity. </p><p>Several stories about Juniper in the <i>Little Flowers of St. Francis</i> illustrate his exasperating generosity. Once Juniper was taking care of a sick man who had a craving to eat pig’s feet. This helpful friar went to a nearby field, captured a pig and cut off one foot, and then served this meal to the sick man. The owner of the pig was furious and immediately went to Juniper’s superior. When Juniper saw his mistake, he apologized profusely. He also ended up talking this angry man into donating the rest of the pig to the friars! </p><p>Another time Juniper had been commanded to quit giving part of his clothing to the half-naked people he met on the road. Desiring to obey his superior, Juniper once told a man in need that he couldn’t give the man his tunic, but he wouldn’t prevent the man from taking it either. In time, the friars learned not to leave anything lying around, for Juniper would probably give it away. </p><p>He died in 1258 and is buried at Ara Coeli Church in Rome.</p> American Catholic Blog Is God in control of your life, or are you? Does He have your permission to take you where He wants to, or are you the control freak who wants Him in the car but won’t let Him steer?

 
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