"Prove you are human." (click for the comic strip)
There is so much good here:
Let us go back to the origin of the Church, to the day of Pentecost. Let us look at the Apostles: some of them were fishermen, simple people accustomed to living by the work of their hands, but there were also others, like Matthew, who was an educated tax collector. They were from different backgrounds and social contexts, and they had Hebrew and Greek names. In terms of character, some were meek and others were excitable; they all had different ideas and sensibilities. They were all different. Jesus did not change them; he did not make them into a set of pre-packaged models.
Let us now focus on ourselves, the Church of today. We can ask ourselves: “What is it that unites us, what is the basis of our unity?” We too have our differences, for example: of opinions, choices, sensibilities. But the temptation is always fiercely to defend our ideas, believing them to be good for everybody and agreeing only with those who think as we do. And that's a bad temptation that divides. But this is a faith created in our own image; it is not what the Spirit wants.
Here we come to understand what the secret of unity is, the secret of the Spirit. It is gift. For the Spirit himself is gift: he lives by giving himself and in this way he keeps us together, making us sharers in the same gift. It is important to believe that God is gift, that he acts not by taking away, but by giving. Why is this important? Because our way of being believers depends on how we understand God. If we have in mind a God who takes away and imposes himself, we too will want to take away and impose ourselves: occupying spaces, demanding recognition, seeking power. But if we have in our hearts a God who is gift, everything changes.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us look within and ask ourselves what prevents us from giving ourselves. There are, let us say, three enemies of the gift -- the main ones, three -- always lurking at the door of our hearts: narcissism, victimhood and pessimism.
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...and I really, really want to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
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A sad day 😢. Story here.
If I have time I'll post reminiscences.
HT to my friend Christian.
I'm mostly sharing this because it validates my own ways of thinking 😁😁
Note taking apps like Evernote or OneNote could work, but so could a documents service like Google Drive. I'm using markdown formatted text files in Dropbox, because I'm a huge nerd.
Recently, Seattle has been coping with the threat of a mass outbreak of the coronavirus. Their public health officials have begun issuing encouragements to work from home and avoid large gatherings. (click here to read more)
I'm a little late to this news, but US life expectancy is starting to rebound after 4 years of decline due primarily to drug overdoses.
HT: The New Paper
Time Magazine reports that progress is occurring remarkably quickly towards testing both a vaccine and an anti-viral drug.
Also could be titled, "The customer is usually correct that there's a real problem, but is often wrong about what the real problem is."
A new report shows that there were multiple, credible allegations of sexual abuse against the revered founder of L'Arche, Jean Vanier.
May God spare us all from assuming that those who appear holy truly are, and remember that while only God can judge, he asks us to protect the weak and vulnerable here on this earth.
"It is the time for the annual Appeal, whatever we are calling it this year, and as Pastor I am tasked to exhort you to give...
ProPublica has done all of us a great favor.
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Ever since the Nationals pulled me back into baseball fandom, I've enjoyed creating a bracket every year. I'm not especially skilled or anything, so take this with all the necessary grains of salt.
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It would not be quite accurate to call the Washington Nationals off-season to this point "quiet", since they had made a blockbuster extension of Stephen Strasburg and re-signed Howie Kendrick after his truly awesome 2019. But they had apparently been waiting until January to make a further series of transactions. To say the least, I'm excited.
I first became aware of Thomas Bergersen via his role in the duo "Two Steps from Hell". Two Steps from Hell makes dramatic orchestral/choral music for trailers, some of which is even worth listening to on its own! Honestly, however, I came to view Nick Phoenix's compositions as decidedly less awesome than Bergersen's, and I increasingly sought out his solo work. His album Sun had a high point in the track "Final Frontier", which has been on my most-played rotation (and not just mine - it made it into a trailer for the movie "Interstellar").