Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (awesome preview)

I really love this preview to the The Dark Knight Rises.

Some inspiring lines peppered throughout the movie—

Alfred to Batman: You are as precious to me as your mother and father.  I swore to them that I would protect you.

Alfred to Batman: You see only one end to your journey. Sometimes a man rises from the darkness.

Catwoman to Batman: You don’t owe these people anymore. YOu’ve given them everything.

In response, Batman says to Catwoman, “Not everything. Yet.”

Detective Bane when being offered a new position in police force by Commissioner Gordon declines by saying,  Structures become shackles.

Overcoming Our Mood Swings

I really enjoyed this paragraph from the late Henri Nouwen on overcoming our/my mood swings. I suspect you have the occasional mood swing. I’m not sure how you handle yours, but when I get hit by a ‘rogue’ mood swing, I am not a very happy camper.  This quote gave me some lifelines for managing my mood swings.  Whether you are religious or not, there are spiritual resources available to help us not only survive our moods, but thrive in spite of them.

Are we condemned to be passive victims of our moods?  Must we simply say:  “I feel great today” or “I feel awful today,” and require others to live with our moods?

Although it is very hard to control our moods, we can gradually overcome them by living a well-disciplined spiritual life.  This can prevent us from acting out of our moods.  We might not “feel” like getting up in the morning because we “feel” that life is not worth living, that nobody loves us, and that our work is boring.  But if we get up anyhow, to spend some time reading the Gospels, praying the Psalms, and thanking God for a new day, our moods may lose their power over  us.

Being “Nice” Can Turnaround a Life

The late Italian American, Leo Buscaglia, the man passionate about infecting the world with ‘love’ nailed it with the following sentence.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Proudly Canadian, Fiercely Italian

I am grateful today as I remember that my late immigrant parents–Vincenzo and Yolanda Del Monte–were welcomed to Canada’s shores in 1950. This country gave them a decent level of peace and prosperity, and they left a beautiful legacy in their children and grandchildren.

I am also very grateful that my in laws–Domenico and Savina Chiarella–made their way across ‘the big water’ to set up their new home for their future family. I was blessed forever to meet their first-born–Rosetta Italia Chiarella–in our italian class in first year university 39 years ago.  She’s my wife today and her middle name “Italia” represents the fact that being the first born in Canada, it would always remind her parents of where they came from.

Here she is 39 years later, more beautiful and wiser than ever.

Grazie Canada!!!


Forza Azzurri Wasn’t to be, but that’s okay

For the last few weeks we have been thrilled to some great soccer matches. Those of us who are “Forza Azzurri’ fans, today was downright distressing as our team collapsed under the weight of a very ‘heavy’ and talented Spanish soccer team.

As we watched the game unfold after the first 20 minutes we realized this was not going to be our day to celebrate.

The best part of the last few weeks has been the rediscovery of my heritage and culture. If nothing else, I love reminding myself that my roots are in ‘bella Italia’. I am proudly Canadian but fiercely of Italian descent. With my parents no longer here, I look for anything that will remind me of my heritage, and soccer is one of those pastimes.

So thank you Azzurri for another fabulous tournament.  We will continue to be your tifosi (fans) .

Meanwhile, the photo of all star Andrea Pirlo speaks louder than any more words can say.