Saturday, November 28, 2015
Let one not deceive another nor despise any person whatever.... In anger or ill will let one not wish any harm to another.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
We haven't yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses.
– Lewis Thomas, physician and author (25 Nov 1913-1993)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
My First Advent
My first Advent was in 1965. I was ten years old.
I was introduced to the Episcopal Church via Vacation Bible School at St. Phillip's, Ardmore. My dad had remarried that summer; his wife, Wanda, had been introduced to the Episcopal church through my Aunt Nelle, who had been introduced by her second husband, Jewel, a cradle Episcopalian.
I immediately fell in love with the music. Once dad and Wanda settled down, we sought a church, and soon chose St. John’s, on Brooklyn Avenue in Oklahoma City. St. John’s was high church by the standards of the day, but I felt right at home kneeling, genuflecting, and making the sign of the cross. I somehow intuitively knew that prayer was meant to be a full-body experience.
I had grown up in the Methodist church, which did not observe Advent at that time. All I knew of Christmas was a small tree in the corner with brightly wrapped packages beneath.
My dad bought an Advent calendar, which was hung near the side kitchen door. Being the youngest, I was given the task of opening the small doors each day. The mystery of what lay hidden behind each numbered door made the weeks prior to Christmas something more than a guessing game centered on assorted packages.
I didn’t know the word liturgy then, but this simple discipline of folding open a little paper door and revealing a small picture gave the days a shape and meaning. The anticipation of that revelation became tied to the anticipation for Christmas. One small mystery became a larger mystery.
I don’t remember any of the presents I received that year, nor any of the gifts I gave. But the gift of mystery, mystery given form in a simple calendar, is a gift I have carried for a lifetime.
Written by request, for inclusion in a church booklet
Friday, November 20, 2015
If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it.
– Norman Thomas, socialist and social reformer (20 Nov 1884-1968)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jeb! Kills Hitler!
“Hell, yeah, I'd kill Hitler!” says Jeb! Although he admits this thought experiment could have unintentional consequences, he's sure it's the right thing to do. I wonder if this nominally Roman Catholic anti-abortion activist has really thought it through.
The obvious implication is you're willing to kill any baby who might grow up to be a notorious mass murderer. Why stop with Adolf? How 'bout Charlie Manson? Or Ted Bundy? Or Jeb's! brother? His brother's notorious VP?
Maybe we could kill all babies born to impoverished mothers who have divorced and remarried a brute.
Who gets to choose?
One last thought: Why is it no one considers killing Mussolini as a baby?
Saturday, October 03, 2015
I envy my kitty's purr —
it rumbles & thrums
through her body
like rolling thunder.
See the Scientific American article on Why Cats Purr. It echoes a hypothesis I've had – that purring is a sort of meditation cats use, a self-calming in stressful situations. It is, indeed, a sound of contentment; so, when stressed, the cat strives to induce contentment by purring.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being.
– William James
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
– Al Bernstein
Friday, September 25, 2015
All it takes is one good person to restore hope!
– Pope Francis (via Mutts)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty for something which we have created ourselves
Pope Francis (see today's Mutts)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Nature is filled with words of love, but how can we listen to them amid constant noise?
– Pope Francis (via Mutts)
Monday, September 21, 2015
Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise
– Pope Francis (via today's Mutts Cartoon)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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