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Reflections From the Chaps ~ March 21, 2011

Keeping the Faith! Chaplain’s Reflection: It is no secret that we are now a part of a tragedy unique to any other ever experienced in the history of mankind. There are many clichés used in our society today and we oftentimes say them without thinking much about their meaning. But more importantly than ever, it is most certainly time to “Keep the Faith.” For some, it will mean leaning on their religious faith, and others, it will simply mean having hope. But to me, more than anything else, it means that we bind together as a family that goes far beyond ethnicity, citizenship, culture or even genetics. We are all truly part of the family of humanity and our strength is to realize we all need one other, certainly in times like these. We need to be strong for those who may need strength, be courageous for those who may need courage and be compassionate to everyone as we all need love and genuine care. My friends … this too shall pass. You folks are nothing short of incredible and it is a sincere honor to serve with each of you, certainly in times like these. May God bless each of you and your families as we all, keep the faith!

Food 4 Thought: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

A Second Helping: "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." –Buddha

Dessert with a Smile: "I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection." –Thomas Paine

CDS-15 Chaplain Contact Info: Chaplain Stewart: William.Stewart@fe.navy.mil Chaplain Clark: Daniel.E.Clark@fe.navy.mil Office Telephone: 315-243-6409


CDS-15 Chaps' Reflection - 2011.03.21