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In a little over a week, I’m going to be responding to this question. I’m one of three "responders" at a talk given by Michael Crosby, OFM, Cap. here in San Francisco.  I’ve been listening to a talk Michael gave and reading his book of the same name/title.  Here is a flyer to the event:

Download the_heart_of_the_prophet_flyer.pdf

Perhaps you would like to help me out?  Perhaps you could respond to the question from your own perspective?  Can religious life be prophetic?  I’m interested in others’ perspectives.  I’ve been asked to be a responder as a "newer" member of religious life (Catholic vowed life, specifically), and as a "younger" vocation.

Maybe you are a member of revgalblogpals and would like to offer your two cents… maybe a younger religious yourself, maybe thinking of becoming one….  whoever you are, feel free to leave a quote, comment, concern, thought, etc. in the comments. I’d like to hear your initial thoughts on the question.  I’ll be happy to post my "response" after it’s completed, if you’re interested.  Okay, I’ll probably post it even if you are not interested…. tee hee.  Thanks for any feedback. 

[some may need a disclaimer that this is not an invitation to flame me or religious sisters, friars, brothers, priests, etc… – It’s so sad that I have to put that disclaimer in here.]

Christian Peace Team members rescued.  Thank God.  Thank you, God. 

I believe in the intercession of the saints.  I believe Tom Fox had a great deal to say to God for the remaining members of his team.  Thank you, Tom.  Blessings on all peace activists and all those in harm’s way: soldiers, civilians, and especially the children.  May they all be freed.

So I’m in the video store this evening renting a couple of pics for the weekend (I was really looking to start the Gilmore Girls ouvre, but they only had season 5 – I had no idea there were so many seasons – so that was out.) 

Anyway, I’m surfing the new releases and these three young adults (maybe mid 20s) come by team surfing the titles.  They see Capote and one asks the others, "what’s that?"

"Yeah, mafia. . .  mob guy," says another.  "The main bad dude," says the third.

I smile to myself and move on.  "Capone," I think.

Later I hear then talking about what they are going to rent.  "Okay, Dreamer, the one with the little girl and the horse, and if it’s not there, Capote."

Boy would I like to be a fly on that wall.  🙂

Oh, I got North Country and The Fantastic Four (which may be more than you wanted to know about me.)

Peaceknit_copy
Someone proposed that today be a day to dedicate ones knitting for peace.  Always happy to knit for peace.  Always happy to knit.  Always happy to work for peace.  Here is Randy’s Peaceful manifesto:

Knitting is a peaceful activity. Sheep are
archetypically placid. When they cross a road that you are driving
down,there is nothing to do but wait. It never crosses your mind to
honk the horn or try to drive around-where I live the sheep graze in
fields so rocky that you’d pierce your muffler if you tried-you just
turn off your engine and admire the ungainly woolly lumps brushing past
your front bumper. Knitting starts with the sheep.

I like natural yarns that are full of lanolin. That way I can feel
the life of this animal that needn’t give its life to yield up this
wonderful product that I use to knit. I fondle the yarn and start to
rack my brains and my library for inspiration. My knitted things have
no borders. I use a Swedish wool to knit mittens using a twisted
Eastern stitch. The mittens turn out not to be warm enough so I knit
mitten liners out of Chilean alpaca. The hat on my head is of Japanese
yarn knitted from a Norwegian pattern. I knit my hat in the round from
the top down and once I passed the awkward double point stage and
worked onto a circular needle I slipped into the meditative state that
arises when I knit stocking stitch in the round. My mind wanders, first
to my work day and then to the private part of my day, my family, my
friends, the wild thyme that the sheep graze on in the rocky fields up
the road. I become part of a world bigger than that enclosed by the
ends of the sofa where I sit knitting. My mind wanders through the
world that has led to the knitting in my hands and because I am
knitting, engaged in this quiet,peaceful activity that starts with the
placid sheep, my mind wanders through a peaceful world.

Knitters radiate peace. When I see a stranger moving a pre-natal
sock around and around a ring of double points he is engaged in
creating warmth for someone he cares about,an expression of peace. When
I see a friend with a lap full of grey alpaca lovingly being worked in
moss stitch for her new baby, her quiet handiwork sings peace.

I would like to channel this peacefulness. On March 21 every stitch
that I knit will be dedicated to peace. I would like to invite everyone
who knits to join me on that day. Will it stop people from hurting and
threatening and frightening each other, the antithesis of peace? Who
knows. When I knit on March 21 I will be saying with each stitch that
peace is possible, that human intelligence and compassion can triumph
over fear and greed, that terror and war can give way to discussion and
peace.

Knit on Randy.  Peace out, everyone.

Because Susan Rose did it – via Steph.  Uh oh… this maybe explains a lot. 

Mostly Calvin
You are 80% Calvin and 20% Hobbes
Your inner Calvin often prevails, but, as in the image below, you have a significant Hobbesian component. I’m going to try to stretch the visual metaphor here: you have a good head on your shoulders, but when you don’t use it, your crazy body gets you in trouble? Does that work? Odds are you’re impulsive and imaginative, but it’s possible you’ve collected just enough wisdom to hold your most anti-social urges in check. Most of the time. It’s a precarious balance, like a boy on one foot with a tiger head.
Link: The Calvin Or Hobbes Test written by gwendolynbooks .

0813lifeisshort
It’s a meme that’s going around.  I am not kidding, these are the no cheating answers.  Interesting.  Wanna play?

Instructions:
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the
following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the
answer to the question. NO CHEATING.


How does the world see you?

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee (Michael W. Smith)
[nice]

Will I have a happy life?
Crazy Dream (Los Lonley Boys)
[ain’t it the truth]

What do my friends really think of me?
At Last (Eva Cassidy)
[i have no idea what that means]

What do people secretly think of me?

None of us are free (Solomon Burke)
[again, ain’t it the truth]

How can I make myself happy?
Wrapped in the arms of Another (Susan Tedeschi)
[i cap’d Another – cuz that’s the Truth for me]

What should I do with my life?
Jingle Bell Rock (Daryl Hall & John Oates)
[i do try… ho ho ho]

Will I ever have children?

Inside your heaven (Carrie Underwood)
[i am NOT joking – this is the answer itunes offered]

What is some good advice for me?
nada es imposible para ti (Hna. Glenda)
[wow]

How will I be remembered?
Letter in the mail (James Taylor)
[did i write it or did Another?]

What is my signature dancing song?
You made me believe in magic (Bay City Rollers)
[i literally groaned when this came up… now you know my little secret – BCR kind of important in my past life]

What do I think my current theme song is?
The One (Nicole C. Mullen)
[hmmmm]

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?

Over my head (Furslide)
[see this is true, i think, as i really am in…]

What song will play at my funeral?
De los dos (Rosana)
[se llama corazon]

What type of men/women do you like?
Furia de color (Rosana)
[interesante]

What is my day going to be like?
Track 24 (Bogdan Raczynski)
[i have no idea: my spanish won’t allow me to even figure out the title – which is, um, predictive too]

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GREEN by Aneesah, O.P. 

(thanks, Aneesah!)

Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.

–Thomas Carlyle

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