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Most Inspiring Person 2009

It’s that time of year again – the time when Beliefnet.com holds its annual “Most Inspiring Person of the Year” award and contest. I have been writing the profiles for this “MIPY” package for Beliefnet for the last 3 or 4 years, and I get to talk to all these cool nominees (okay, most of ’em, especially the ones who are still alive!) and write about their accomplishments. I thought this was a particularly strong year.

This year’s heavyweight is Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the US Airways plane in the middle of the Hudson River last January. Didn’t get to talk to him – despite the fact he’s on a major book and publicity tour and has talked to everyone BUT me. Still, I think he’s gonna be hard to beat. But I did talk to Zach Bonner, the 12-year-old who started his own foundation to benefit homeless kids, and to Jorge Morales, a school bus driver who’s been feeding the down-and-out from his own pocket every day for several years. And I talked to a few more really cool people who all deserve a few minutes of our attention for the lesson they can teach us – it only takes one person to make a difference.

So go to the link above and read the profiles and vote for your favorites – if you can stand the pop-up ads that appear every single time you click on anything on the Beliefnet site. That’s what’s happened since Fox took it over. Sigh.

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anglican-rosary-cluster-11First, let me say how touched I am by the flood of emails I’ve been receiving from readers and other friends and family who read my post about Bella. Many of them have contained the most lovely pet prayers – some which had me in quite a puddle of tears – that I will share here in a blog post within a day or so. I am a little raw today and don’t want to go to the Bella place right now. But I thank you all so much.

In a previous post, I promised to let you know when two sets of  prayer bead prayers I compiled for Beliefnet.com were “live.” They went up today and I hope you will check them out.

The first set is on the subjects of patience, strength and endurance. I compiled them for an Anglican rosary because that is what Beliefnet requested, but they could be adapted for the Catholic rosary by repeating a few prayers of your choice.

The second set is on the subject of light. They are also for the Anglican rosary and are adaptable.

Soon I will have a “how-to” gallery on Beliefnet that will offer directions for making a simple Anglican rosary. I hope we are able to bring a lot more people into this ancient contemplative practice which is bringing me a good measure of comfort at this time.

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