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Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and
we do not understand. It is wide open.

— Thomas Merton

the message of Christian hope is based on more than simple reliance on
quotations from even the holiest of men and women. For the Christian
believes not so much in quotations, or in elegant turns of phrase or in
theological propositions, as in a person: Jesus Christ, the ultimate
message of hope.

from an editorial in America Magazine


Sometimes friends have to tell you things you might not like to hear, but need to. GCFL is that kind of friend. Everyone say it with me…

1) I will NOT get bad luck, lose my friends, or lose my mailing lists if I DON’T forward an e-mail!

2) I will NOT hear any music or see a taco dog, if I do forward an e-mail.

3) Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money. Victoria Secret doesn’t know anything about a gift certificate they’re supposed to send me.

4) Ford will NOT give me a 50% discount even if I forward my e-mail to more than 50 people!

5) I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons, or freebies from Coca Cola, Cracker Barrel, Old Navy, or anyone else if I send an e-mail to 10 people.

6) I will NEVER see a pop-up window if I forward an e-mail! (If you do, you have a virus or trojan.)

7) There is NO SUCH THING as an e-mail tracking program and I am not STUPID enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding an e-mail to 10 or more people!

8) There is NO kid with cancer through the Make-a-Wish program in England collecting anything! He did when he was 7 years old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN’T WANT ANY MORE POST CARDS, or GET-WELL CARDS!

9) The government does not have a bill in Congress called 901B (or whatever they named it this week) that, if passed, will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every e-mail we send.

10) There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colorful flowers, characters, or program that I will receive immediately after I forward an e-mail. NONE, ZIP, ZERO, NADA!!

11) The American Red Cross will NOT donate 50 cents to certain individuals dying of some never-heard-of disease for every e-mail address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations.

12) And finally, I WILL NOT let others guilt me into forwarding at email by telling me if I don’t I am not their friend or that I’m a bad person.

Now, repeat this to yourself until you have it memorized, and send it along to at least 5 of your friends before the next full moon or you will gain twenty pounds in the next three months! (No, not really! If you believe that last statement, go back and read this message again!)

Received from Daveandand.

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A cheerful heart is good medicine… (Prov 17:22a)

Yippee – she said, clasping her hands in glee; several of my favorite people in the world are going to have babies. There are no less than eight (8) patron saints for expectant mothers: hope they’re all on the job!

Observation 1. Internet is a dangerous procrastination destination.

Oberservation 2. Reading magazines in the bathroom can lead to loss of feeling in feet.

Preachers should really ask for feedback from folks who have to listen and watch them preach: to whit – please no licking of mustaches while proclaiming God’s word.  Really.

AblHere’s a great analysis of the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who is, incidentally, my former boss.  During the five years I worked for him, I grew to appreciate his intelligence, sincerity, desire to serve God, capacity for listening and ability to throw a really nice Christmas party!  Only once in five years did his and my vision for young adult ministry come to a parting of opinion.  That’s saying something, I think.  And he, unlike so many, saw and supported the need for ministry with those in their twenties and thirties and acted upon it by creating and maintaining a ministerial office directly and solely responsible for such.

Observation 3. I have way too many books in my room.

Observation 4. My mind is like my junk drawer: full of interesting, yet often useless bits of flotsam and jetsam.  Bright shiny objects are very distracting to me… and almost anything can be a bright shiny object.

Observation 5. My room gets really clean when papers are due.  Okay, not really, but I think about cleaning my room a lot when papers are due.

Observation 6.  My friend Teresa would say right about two or three items ago "get back to work, you!"  And so I’m gonna.  Bye.

She was born and reared in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
The best pictures of her as a child shows a pensive, only child.

Her mother was a great cook and after her parents divorced, her father moved to Canada.
She rode the train all alone each summer to Chicago to stay with her grandparents.
She was valedictorian of her high school class and left Cedar Rapids to go to secretarial school in Omaha.
When she was 19 she rode over the Golden Gate Bridge on the back of a motorcycle.  It was 1952.
She married, had six children, lived in Iowa City, Quincy, IL, Vincennes, IN, Danville and Bismarck, IL by 1968.
She was divorced in 1973 and worked four jobs to raise her children.
Though she never went to college, all six of her children did.
She moved to Arizona in 1984 and it was the best move she ever made. 
She has five grandchildren and loves to be with them now.
What she taught her children and oldest granddaughter can be encapsulated in these important words:

  •     You do what you gotta do.
  •     Everything will work out all right.
  •     I love you.

And that’s enough.

(inspired by jrc)

Posting live from SBC park…. the Giants are down by one!  Yikes!  The sisters and I are enjoying the game at the SBC park in the CHW suite…. Orange Fridays is the theme and there were hats here for us – very cool! Six of us from our house are here and several Mercy sisters and a couple Franciscans…. the suite has a live internet connection… hence the post.  Go Giants!  🙂

May 2005