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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of October 12th

Some of you may not know this but on Mondays (my day off) I almost always go back my home to work on some project(s). Among the many things I have is metal shop complete with welders, grinders, cutting torches, metal band saw, drill press, and hand tools that won’t end. Everyone needs a hobby, right? On these days, I am almost always tearing something apart or fabricating some new invention for use in the woods or on the farm. One of the many things every metal shop cannot and should not do without is a large can of WD-40! It’s great for loosening those hard to turn bolts or keeping all kinds of metal parts rust free and clean. Do you know what the word, WD-40, means and why it was invented? Do you know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is? WD-40 means “Water Displacement #40.” It was created in 1953 by three technicians in San Diego Rocket and Chemical Company and was engineered as a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. Its name comes after many unsuccessful tries at creating a solution to do these things. With the fortieth attempt, the researchers finally had success, thus was born WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. Anyone who has used WD-40 will tell you of all the things it is used for, and it works! It’s probably most famous for loosening and preventing rust. But other famous uses include: removing unwanted graffiti spray paint on cars, removing road tar from cars, cleans guitar strings, removes lipstick stains, lubricates door hinges and other moving parts, cleans chalk boards, removes stains from stainless steel sinks, keeps glass shower doors free from spots, keeps flies off cows, horses, and other farm critters and the list goes on and on! Last but not least is my favorite: Spray it on live bait or artificial lures and it makes the best fish attractant ever! Try it when the fish are there but not biting. Who would have thought something so common could be so useful. And, who would have thought that it took 40 tries by smart people to perfect the formula itself. Good things come to those who just won’t quit, and the same is true in our relationship with God. How many times do we try to carry our cross but fail, thinking this thing called “Christianity” just doesn’t work, when the truth of the matter is, all the ingredients are there, we just have to know how to put it together in the right combination for our self, until we find our own WD-40 in Christ if you will, our “Well-Defined” formula in Christ! It may take 10, 20, every 40 tries, but God’s work can and will be done, if we but stick it out! By the way, what is the main ingredient in WD-40? Its fish oil of course! No wonder its works on fishing lures and crank-baits. Jesus fished all the time and so he just might agree with that! Peace, Fr. LeRoy Scheierl

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