Laws control the weak. Honesty controls the strong.~ from Paulo Coelho's blog ~
Grace begins and ends prayer. Grace is what we call what is left over after the scouring of the self, the dying into self. Grace is what was there before we ever looked at ourselves in prayer. Grace gives us our initial impulse to pray.~ Ann Belford Ulanov ~
from her book
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.~ George Bernard Shaw ~
"For all of you shopping today, please remember common sense, common courtesy...and your butt is not a storage device for your head."
Genuine Christian love is forged against the anvil of our selfishness and possessiveness ... It is important to remember that love is more than a feeling. It is active and transitive. The real test of my loving is not that I feel loving, but that the other person feels loved by me. Love is what I do to create this sense of feeling cared for.~ Morton T. Kelsey ~
from his book
Companions on the Inner Way
Today is our first Thanksgiving meal of the year. Thursday, I will have two Thanksgiving meals...one with my dad and one with family/friends.This nation is affluent and has more than it needs. The realization that what we have is a free gift can deepen our desire to share this gift with others who cry out for help. When we bless the fruits of the harvest, let us at least realize that blessed fruits need to be shared.~ Henri J.M. Nouwen ~
from his book
The Genesee Diary
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.~ Dolly Parton ~
While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.~ Eugene V. Debs ~
American labor and political leader,
and nominee for the 1924 Nobel Peace Prize
Do you ever feel like surrendering your blog?
Distributing food is a unique act of love because food is the basis for life. When the church can distribute food, it can allay one of people's most primal fears -- that of going hungry -- as a way of helping people come to peace. When sources of food are close at hand, peace may be sustained.
~ Pamela Couture ~
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean, and professor at Saint Paul School of Theology
A story from Rabbi Harold Schulwies:
We have seen Yitzhak Perlman
Who walks the stage with braces on both legs,
On two crutches.
He takes his seat, unhinges the clasps of his legs,
Tucking one leg back, extending the other,
Laying down his crutches, placing the violin under his chin.
On one occasion one of his violin strings broke.
The audience grew silent but the violinist didn’t leave the stage.
He signaled the maestro, and the orchestra began its part.
The violinist played with power and intensity on only three strings.
With three strings, he modulated, changed, and
recomposed the piece in his head.
He retuned the strings to get different sounds,turned them upward and downward.
The audience screamed delight,applauded their appreciation.
Asked later how he had accomplished this feat,
the violinist answered
It is my task to make music with what remains.A legacy mightier than a concert.
Make music with what remains.
Complete the song left for us to sing,transcend the loss,play it out with heart, soul, and might
with all remaining strength within us.
It is my task to make music with what remains.
I would have loved to see that concert!
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
~ Ralph W. Sockman ~
I saw this on a friend's Facebook page. It made think. That's a good thing.
I am both...minority and majority. Sometimes I get my courage and my tolerance mixed up.
What about you?
(mijo sleeping in the bathtub)
I did all my outdoor chores. Yes! Didn't get rained on once.
We did a kitty door lesson today. HoneyBoy and Mijo got their collars with their keys (magnets) on them last night. Now we are teaching them to go in and out the door on their own. I'd say the first lesson went well. They are getting the "out" part. The "in" part not so much yet.
While I was taking my shower after chores, Mijo fell asleep in the tub. I could use a nap, too.
(mijo at feeding frenzy)
People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross ~
When Mijo and HoneyBoy came to live with us, they were sick. We had to make sure they ate enough and stayed hydrated. We started mixing baby food with water, hand feeding them with a syringe. They loved it. As soon as they saw the syringes in our hands, they came running...straight up the leg and body to get to the food. Until a couple days ago, they both still loved it.
HoneyBoy, for some reason, decided he liked his baby food and acidophilus in a bowl--thank you very much. Mijo, however, still loves the syringe--and what Mijo wants, Mijo gets.
My computer is still in the shop. The DC power jack is bad. I correctly diagnosed the problem. They didn't have one in stock for my machine so it will be another 3 to 5 business days before I get it back.
Saturday is a big day. Lots of chores to do and yard work to accomplish. Then in the afternoon and evening we are having company. It has been way too long since we have had energy to entertain.
What's on tap for your Saturday?
(nemo lives at the same place where my dad lives)
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
~ Unknown ~
Unless, of course, their computer goes to the Krankenhaus for PCs. The power cord jack disconnected. The battery went dead. (Do you suppose there is some symbolism here?) No more internet for me--on that computer anyway--until maybe tomorrow. I am grateful that SO has a back up for me to use so I don't have to stand in line at the library.
Given that PC is sick, I also can't download photos from the camera and upload them to Blogger. I have been taking pictures with my Treo and emailing them to Blogger to use for a post. Amazing, no?
Oh, and happy Friday the 13th. May your triskaidekaphobia be ill-founded today.
(mijo...now sleeping on a pillow on top of the cage)
Him that I love, I wish to be free -- even from me.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~
They have graduated from confinement. The only time we lock them up is when we just can't keep them out of our plates or some other unwanted experience. They are growing up.
I am in love.
All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
And third, it is accepted as self-evident.
~Arthur Schopenhauer ~
(remember how little and cute they were?)
St. Benedict tells me to run to Christ. If I stop for a moment and consider what is being asked of me here, and what is involved in the act of running, I think of how when I run I place first one foot and then the other on the ground, that I let go of my balance for a second and then immediately recover it again. It is risky, this matter of running. By daring to lose my balance I keep it.
~ Esther de Waal ~
from her book
Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality
Nonviolence is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.~ Mohandas Gandhi ~
Even though our faith may be 2,000 years old, our thinking is not. True progress is a balance between preserving the essence of a certain way of life and changing things that are not essential. Christianity was born a revolutionary faith, and we have preserved that ... Paradoxically, we have succeeded in not changing the faith that is itself dedicated to change.~ His All Holiness Bartholomew I ~
Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Christian World
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139:23-24 ~
Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the...classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious...discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, ...resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
We begin, sometimes without realizing it, to worship things, to relate to them as persons. And in the process, we inevitably relate to other persons as if they were things.~ Edward J. Farrell ~
from his book Gathering the Fragments
It is finished.*
~ John 19:30 ~
Got'r done. Not the clean up. That will be an ongoing process; however, the ongoing construction and beautification project is finished.
*These three words in English translate only one word in Greek...tetelestai. It refers to a work completed. This was a cry of triumph, not a moan of defeat!
(Thanks, Pastor Steve Weaver.)
(mijo--still in the sink)
Ama Deum et fac quod vis.*
~ St. Augustine ~
I much prefer All Saints' Day to Hallowe'en (All Hallow's Eve--or the eve of All Saints' Day). Of course, when I was a kid, I loved the dressing up and the "trick or treating" and the parties--all of it.
Now? Except for seeing the fun that the little ones are having, the whole thing is kinda creepy to me.
On another note...
If all goes well, I will be completing the project today. YES! All I have left to do is the hallway--put down the baseboard, fill nail holes, caulk, and touch up the paint. Clean up is another issue. Once the job is done, though, Mom can reclaim her house and we can start putting things back where they belong.
Thanks for all your support and cheering me on along the way.
*Love God and do what you want.