October 2006 Archives (24)

I’m Gonna…

Ever have just one of those days at work where everything and everyone seems to be coming down on you? This song will cheer you up. (For mp3 format.) This place is even hosting remixes of the song. Thanks Ray for the song!

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Worry vs. Control

Someone who worries about you trusts you, but not others. Someone trying to control you doesn’t trust you.

Red Light

What if the traffic light turned red just for you so that you could stop and accept the gift of the present moment?

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What if interruptions are what we are supposed to be focusing on?

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Desire to Be

From the last chapter of The Cloud of Unknowing: It is not what you are nor what you have been that God sees with his all-merciful eyes, but what you desire to be. The original Middle English written in the 14th century by the unknown abbott is quite readable to the modern reader: For not […]

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A man hiking along a road…

A man hiking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and his flock of sheep. The man tells the shepherd, “I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in your flock.” The shepherd thinks it over. It is a large flock so […]

Looking Back

Looking Back, by artist unknown This papercut was intricately made from one sheet of paper. The detail is just amazing and the composition of the image is striking. I wish I knew the name of the artist. I photoshopped the original image to make it look a little more artsy. I wonder what the skeleton […]

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An Odd Analogy

The traffic that speeds by the lone vehicle pulled over onto the side of the highway by the trooper with his police car lights flashing is not much different than a herd of wildebeest standing off at a safe distance watching the lion feed on one of their own.

The Divine Image

For Mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress. — William Blake, from “The Divine Image”

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Wouldn’t you love to know?

Wouldn’t you love to know what her conversation is about? I received this image in an email this morning. Did you notice the date of the newspaper?

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300 Million

The U.S. Census estimated that the population of the United States reached 300 million today. From the census page, the statistics for October, 2006 estimate: One birth every 7 seconds One death every 13 seconds One international migrant (net) every 31 seconds Net gain of one person every 11 seconds It took 39 years to grow […]

This Sucks

Nothing in nature sucks. It is a vacuum, a difference in pressures. So instead of saying, “This sucks!”, say, “This is vacuous!”

One Thing You Lack…

Sunday’s Gospel reading at Mass was about the rich, young man in Mark 10:17-30. I suspect that a lot of people, especially Americans, get a little uncomfortable with this passage, as well as they should. Many forget that the second half of the reading presents Jesus with a teachable moment for his disciples to learn […]

Anointing the Sick as Prophets

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will […]

The Mystical Body of Christ

In Come to the Feast, Fr. Richard Fragomeni uses a visual experiment to help describe the Mystical Body of Christ: In my hand I have a loaf of bread, can you see it? Look carefully at this loaf. What do you perceive? Nourishment. When you see nourishment, what do you see concretely? Seeds. When you […]


I received a new North Dakota state quarter yesterday mixed within some change. I still look at my change for state quarters. I am always pleasantly surprized to find the latest state. The North Dakota quarter just might be my favorite design so far. It is a beautiful coin, especially in the silver frosted proof […]

Essence and Existence

I ran across an interesting line from a post by Bob Godwin the other day that seems to highlight one of the major differences, if not the difference between a person of faith and one without faith. Like so many things, it boils down to a fundamental difference in viewpoints. (Political distractions have been edited […]

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A Halloween Joke

A man was walking home alone late one foggy night, when behind him he hears: bump…     Bump…         BUMP… Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. bump…   […]

On the Twelve Apostles

“Pope Benedict recently completed a series of audiences on the Twelve Apostles,” writes Jimmy Akin. “He covers what we know about them, what is speculated about them, what their writings contain, and what their example says to us today.” Apostles as Envoys of Christ Profile of St. Peter On Peter, the Apostle Peter, the Rock […]

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The Great Wall of America

I rarely comment about political issues in this journal, but I have to note my revulsion to the new “fence” on the US-Mexico border. Bush recently signed a bill for the US to start building a 700-mile “fence” along the border with an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Descriptions of it sound vaguely like the […]

Letter from Heaven

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: “How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?” The surgeon said, “I’m sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn’t make it.” Sally said, “Why do […]

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Not to Forget

I have wanted to write a post on the difference between happiness and joy. As I sat here and tried, none of the words seem to fit. Then it dawned on me that I replied earlier today in an email to a priest friend the words that start in the right direction. In reply to […]

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The Aim of Your Quest

Don’t look at your form,     however ugly or beautiful. Look at love     and at the aim of your quest… O you whose lips are parched,     keep looking for water. Those parched lips are proof     that eventually you will reach the source. — Rumi [via]

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