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Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning,
April 3. While you are resetting your clocks, consider how you would
choose to spend that extra hour if it were given back to you. Sleep?
Work? Perform some "random acts of kindness?" Too often we look to
timesaving devices such as dishwashers and microwave ovens to give us
more leisure time. But what do we do with the hours we’ve gained?
Often, we just do more of whatever it is we hoped to escape — and then
what have we gained?


Oscar Romero

The Church in El Salvador was not the first church to suffer
persecution. The anomaly was that here the persecutors dared to call
themselves Christians. Their victims did not die simply for clinging to
the faith, but for clinging, like Jesus, to the poor. It was this
insight that marked a new theological depth in Romero’s message. For
Romero, the church’s option for the poor was not just a matter of
pastoral priorities. It was a defining characteristic of Christian
faith: “A church that does not unite itself to the poor in order to
denounce from the place of the poor the injustice committed against
them is not truly the Church of Jesus Christ,” he wrote.

(Robert Ellsberg, All Saints, 132 )

It’s that time of year again, when school children are coloring pictures of Jesus hanging from a cross, and shop owners fill their windows with gaily colored cutouts of the Flogging at the Pillar. In the malls everyone’s humming along with seasonal hits on the sound system, like "O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded" (did you hear the Chipmunks’ version?). Car dealers are promoting Great Big Empty-Tomb Size discounts on Toyotas.

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Easter. Who hasn’t been invited to an "In His Steps" party, where players move plastic pieces around a board emblazoned with a map of Jesus’ last suffering day in Jerusalem?

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Easter didn’t change anything? Easter changes everything.

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This is a story that can happen anywhere at any time, and we are as likely to be the perpetrators as the victims. I doubt that many of us will end up playing Annas, Caiaphas or Pilate, however. They may have been the ones who gave Jesus the death sentence, but a large part of him had already died before they ever got to him – the part Judas killed off, then Peter, then all those who fled. Those are the roles with our names on them – not the enemies but the friends.

via bruderhof

1995.  It was Holy Thursday.  The act of Adoration and contemplative presence was new to her.  she practiced it this one night a year and in the third year, a new direction was revealed to her. Each of the previous two years she had placed herself in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose.  The first year she was losing a friend and God showed her new ones coming to heal that loss; the second, likewise, God helped her to see the true love of others for her.  In the third year she listened and God uttered vocation in her heart. 

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347897O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there
Thy cheerful beams. 

St. Augustine

from New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton

How am I to know the will of God?  Even where there is no other more explicit claim on my obedience, such as a legitimate command, the very nature of each situation usually bears written into itself some indication of God’s will.  For whatever is demanded by truth, by justice, by mercy, or by love must surely be taken to be willed by God.  To consent to God’s will is, then, to consent to be true, or to speak truth, or at least to seek it.  To obey God is to respond to God’s will expressed in the need of another person, or at least to respect the rights of others.

True Tales of InDUHviduals
Friday, March 18, 2005

True tales of InDUHviduals – From Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

I went to the registry of motor vehicles to renew my license. When I handed the clerk a check to pay for the license she asked for some identification. I pointed to the renewed picture license that she was holding in her hand.

While talking to a colleague IN PERSON I mentioned that I colored my hair. He asked me what color.

Last week my co-worker was traveling on business to a very small town. They found a restaurant in the phone book and asked the woman working at the hotel desk how to get there. The desk clerk told them all about it and gave them directions. After driving around for half an hour they could not find it. When they returned to the hotel, the woman at the hotel desk told them, "Oh, I forgot; they never did build that restaurant."

I went shopping with my roommate, and I saw a humorous button that said, "It might look like I’m doing nothing, but on a cellular level, I’m quite busy." I showed it to her, and her response was, "Oh, I should buy that one, I’m always talking on mine."

I went into a major retail establishment and asked an employee in the garden section whether they sold hyacinth vases. Seeing her blank look, I described a hyacinth vase, explaining that it has a narrow neck, with space for a flower bulb on top and water on the bottom. Said the employee, "Have you looked in Electronics?"

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A cheerful heart is good medicine… (Prov 17:22a)
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I arise today:
in vast might,
invocation of the Trinity;
belief in a threeness;
confession of oneness;
meeting in the Creator.
I arise today:
in the might
of Christ’s birth and his baptism;
in the might
of his crucifixion and burial;
in the might
of his resurrection and ascension;
in the might
of his descent to the judgment of doom

I arise today:
in the might of cherubim;
in obedience of angels;
in ministrations of archangels;
in hope of resurrection…
in prayers of patriarchs;
in predictions of prophets;
in preachings of apostles;
in faith of confessors;
in innocence of holy virgins.

I arise today:
in the might of heaven;
splendor of the sun;
whiteness of snow;
irresistibleness of fire;
swiftness of lightning;
speed of wind;
absoluteness of the deep;
rock’s durability.

I arise today:
in the might of God for my piloting;
power of God for my stability;
wisdom of God for my guidance;
eye of God for my foresight;
ear of God for my hearing;
word of God for my word;
hand of God for my guard;
path of God for my prevention;
shield of God for my protection;
host of God for my salvation;
against any demon’s snare;
against all vice’s lure;
against concupiscence;
against ill-wishes far and near.

I invoke all these forces:
between me and every savage force
that may come upon me, body or soul;
against incantations of false prophets;
against black lairs of paganism;
against false laws of heresy;
against idolatry, spells of women, and druids;
against all knowledge that should not be known.

Christ for my guard today:
against poison, against burning;
against drowning, against wounding;
that there may come to me merit:
Christ with me, Christ before me;;
Christ behind me, Christ in me;
Christ under me, Christ over me;
Christ to right of me, Christ to left of me;
Christ in lying down, in sitting, in rising up;
Christ in all who may think of me!
Christ in the mouth of all who may speak to me!
Christ in the eye that may look on me!
Christ in the ear that may hear me!

I arise today:
in vast might, invocation of the Trinity
believing in a threeness;
confessing a oneness;
meeting in the Creator;
From the Lord is salvation; in the Lord is safety;
Be thy right way, Lord, ever with us!

Translated by Oliver St. John Gogarty, revised by Dick Whitty

via daily dig

Si4pa09on St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386)

“…known for his moderate and conciliatory temperament…. He had the
ill fortune to live in a time of violent controversy when, among his
fellow bishops, compromise was reckoned as treason and it seemed that
one’s own orthodoxy could be affirmed only by the condemnation of
another’s error.”

(Robert Ellsberg, All Saints, 123)

March 2005