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A Prayer For You

There is nothing I can give you
which you, have not;
But there is much, very much, that
while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
find rest in today. Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden
in this present instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow,
Behind it, yet within reach, is joy.
There is radiance and glory in the darkness,
could we but see, and to see, we have only to look.
I beseech you to look.

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by
their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it
a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand
that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or
a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there;
the gift is here, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.

Our joys too: be not content with them as joys.
They, to…


mental note: don't give yourself a haircut when you've just returned from a track workout, are really tired, and may forget to attach the length adjustor properly...


Friends seen/hung out with in the past two three weeks:
Eric came with his fam to my sister's wedding, we drank together and I have a priceless voicemail from him pleading for my help from a broken elevator.
Noah & Maria at Minnetrista before the fireworks... great to see them so happy.
Randomly saw Paul there too, only spoke for a couple minutes.
Susan and her fiance, um.. :-/ forget his name... were at the fireworks at Minnetrista as well, caught up with them afterwards. They just built a house in Valpo and she's looking for marketing work.
Friday the 9th, Calvin, Jillian, Sean, Joe-John, and I met for lunch.
Friday after work went to Joe-John's, picked up Sean, drove down to Don's, got some pizza for suppa.
Saturday we all drove down to Sarah's @ Indy to meet her, Lisa, Jackie, and Theresa. Hung out the rest of the day and into the evening. Crazy group. They abuse me.
Sunday, Sean, JJ, and I stopped for gas in Rensselaer and accidentally got keys locked…

more on rituals...

Schmid's Analogy

To deny driving licenses to the blind does not assume that they do not deserve equal respect and consideration as persons, but that they are different from other persons in respects relevant to driving. - R.M.T. Schmid

human frailty

What amazing creatures we are. Once again I'm disappointed in myself, but lifted up by those who care for me. This time it climaxed with a phone call. Saturday night I had planned to return from road tripping to Indy, so that I could meet with a family friend, JimCollins for a Spanish Mass at St. Procopius parish in Chicago, and then for brunch afterwards. It's been years since I've seen Jim.

Saturday night I was, we were, having such a fun time @ Sarah's that I made a last-minute decision at 10:30pm to just stay the night. I didn't call Jim that evening, or that day, or the next day, or the day after. For some reason I was just reluctant to call him... some unknown combination of childish pride and shame. Sure, sounds weird to you folks, even sounded weird to him when I just now called him I'm sure. But not weird to me, and definitely natural. The frustrating thing, too, is that connecting with him and getting involved in the type of service that Jesu…

i don't "need" rituals, i'm free from that ancient form of manipulation. this is america!

I am reminded of Chesterton's remark in Heresies that the only difference between those that mock religious rituals and those that practice them is that the former don't realize they are actually the latter. The most modern, tailored suit is itself but a form of tribal dress. Every jot and tittle of civilized dining etitquette is but an act of civil religious piety. (Reference)

To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man; but, nevertheless, it might be possible to effect some valid distinction between one kind of idealist and another. One possible distinction, for instance, could be effected by saying that humanity is divided into conscious idealists and unconscious idealists. In a similar way, humanity is divided into conscious ritualists and unconscious ritualists. The curious thing is, in that example as in others, that it is the conscious ritualism which is comparatively simple, the unconscious ritual which is really heavy and complicated.

AIDS epidemic

Something we often forget about is the spreading of HIV throughout the world, particularly but not limited to third-world countries. One of my sister's "job requirements" with the Peace Corps is to promote AIDS awareness, which is an awesome thing she got very involved with at Namibia. One of the controversial directions this goes is in sexual education. A common teaching point is the "ABC's" of HIV and any sexually transmitted disease: Abstinence, Be faithful, and Condoms. I just came across a British Medical Journal entitled Partner reduction is crucial for balanced "ABC" approach to HIV prevention, which is encouraging to me in my belief of the wholesomeness and healthy quality of monogamy. This is not a strong enough response to stand independently against proponents of contraception and pre-marital sex, but it is a rare dose of scientific evidence amidst a sea of moral and religious arguments.

While most of the often polarised discussio…

She's gone for another 2 years

So Rebecca left on Tuesday to begin her trek towards The Gambia. This is her second stint with the Peace Corps, her first was in Namibia, Africa. She will be sorely missed! I'm hoping to sometime visit her, maybe to use my first chunk of vacation days that I get, to make a trip there, or else later. I'm very jealous of her experiences there, but we all have the work we feel we're called to. Someday I will either learn to live with that yearning, or I'll have succumbed to it and be there!

PhotoBucket - annawedding2

Testing... will this work?

Mom & Dad all done up nice and purty, at Anna & Brian's wedding!


A worthy explanation of why I've been shifting away from alcohol, and why "I'll take your word for it" that marijuana is the bomb.