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I will be away on retreat this next week…. Here is the main text of the retreat.  Oh, the mystery.

In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery   of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.  — Ephesians 1:7-10

Other quotes on Mystery…  (things that make you go, "hmmm.")

  • The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of
    the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and
    strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love
    among ourselves.  — Pope Paul VI
  • Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the
    silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a
    rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.  — Fulton J.
    Sheen
  • It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear –
    that engendered religion. — Albert Einstein
  • Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its
    entirety. –Rene Daumal
  • Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s
    desire to understand. –Neil Armstrong
  • God is the mysterium
    tremendum
    that appears and overthrows, but he is also the mystery of the
    self-evident, nearer to me than my I. — Martin Buber
  • When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to
    Christ, who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be
    a mature person, look to Christ, who is the fulfillness of humanity. And when
    you wonder about your role in the future of the world look to Christ. — Pope John Paul II
  • It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a
    savage and beautiful country lies in between. — Diane Ackerman
  • There is no mystery in a looking
    glass until someone looks into it. Harold
    C. Goddard
  • Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but
    we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
    trumpet. — 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
  • You do not mean by mystery what
    a Catholic does. You mean an interesting uncertainty: the uncertainty ceasing
    interest ceases also…. But a Catholic by mystery means an incomprehensible
    certainty: without certainty, without formulation there is no interest;… the
    clearer the formulation the greater the interest.  –Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Silence is the best response to
    mystery. — Kathleen Norris
  • You are a problem and rune, you are mystery; writ on a stone. — Hilda Doolittle
  • Even a cow creates ambiguous
    signifiers. The moo of mystery. — Mason
    Cooley
  • Our life is a faint tracing on
    the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the
    face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape,
    really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the
    right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that,
    choir the proper praise. — Annie
    Dillard
  • Life is a mystery as deep as ever death can be;
    Yet oh, how dear it is to us, this life we live and see! — Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Jesus Christ belonged to the
    true race of the prophets. He saw with an open eye the mystery of the soul.
    Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it, and had
    his being there. Alone in all history he estimated the greatness of man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Everything in life that we
    really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the
    mystery. — Katherine Mansfield
  • If you can’t be free, be a
    mystery. — Rita Dove

I regularly get asked if I can take my knitting needles on airtrips….
and I’ve said "you bet" since very shortly after 9-11-01.  The Pilot
Smith is catching on….

Ask the pilot

The global knitting community irritatedly waves its needles at the pilot.

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By Patrick Smith

June 17, 2005  |

What if I told you
that a shockingly high number of Ask the Pilot’s readers are, of all
things, knitters and crocheters? I knew this column had its share of
devotees — frequent fliers, aerophiles, sentimental fans of forgotten
’80s alt rock — but I wouldn’t have expected much attention from the
yarn-and-needle set. They’re out there, apparently, based on the volume
of letters I received in response to a gaffe in last week’s column.
Before the mistake was fixed, the original June 10 Ask the Pilot —
another trenchant diatribe on matters of airport security —
erroneously maintained that knitting needles were still prohibited on
airliners. Well, no shortage of annoyed hobbyists were on to me,
pointing out that the rules have been revised. TSA has buckled to the
knitting lobby and now allows onboard stitchery with no restriction.

  Read more here

WillsWhat do these circles have to say about the will of God and ours?  Tom, at Disputations, discusses this, as he does all things, with beautiful, elegant, and, imho, simply truthful articulation.  Also, pretty dots.

In the "that’s so funny" category, I was browsing Google’s "more" features when I came upon the different languages one can choose as the default….  Here’s my favorite

elmer fudd

Crackmeup.

In other news, here’s the link to the Spanish immersion school I’m attending this summer.  Se habla Espanol?

God says to me with a kind of smile,
"Hey how would you like to be God awhile
And steer the world?"
"Okay," says I, "I’ll give it a try.
Where do I set?
How much do I get?
What time is lunch?
When can I quit?"
"Gimme back that wheel," says God.
"I don’t think you’re quite ready yet."

~Shel Silverstein

 

Va03FREE AT LAST:

Just emailed off my last papers for this past semester.  Whew!  Let the summer begin…. actually that means let the other ministries, the cleaning of the room, the taking care of business, the Spanish immersion program, retreat, travel for eL’s final profession, transatlantic pilgrimage to Cologne, and, well, considerable knitting, begin! Oh, and all that pesky research for my thesis too.  I need to go lay down.

Je43When Christianity makes the claim of universality; it’s
claiming that what God reveals has fundamental significance for every human
being: this means it’s salvific… all human beings need the salvation of God to
realize who they are. When we talk about
a universal religion we are talking about the salvation of each individual
person.

                                                                                                   

– Edward Krasavac, OP

On a scale of one to ten, I’m an optimist.

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An icon is meant to be seen in shadow and candlelight.  – Thomas Merton

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