Monday, September 12, 2011

I've Got Six

Today marks my sixth anniversary as a 'blogger, the day when this "infinitesimal corner of the universe" came upon the scene.

For better or worse (and at times it's been one or the other), I'm still standing, having neither been swallowed by the vastness of the infinity know as the World Wide Web nor growing to become a significant force on it.

This entity, like most of us in this mortal plane, lives and moves and has its being.

But we just don't "exist". Believe me, I am not an existentialist in any way, shape, form, or regard. "I think; therefore, I am not" just doesn't fly in my life.

I belong to Jesus Christ, however imperfectly I have returned what little I have been given over to Him. His claim on my being is still captivating; my complete response is still forthcoming. Conversion is not a "one and done" deal; the resurrection cycle is about maturation and surrender. A soul rarely becomes perfect here on earth, but here it must start.

I am reminded of the words of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, words I used in one of my very earliest posts:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission -- I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it -- if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore I will trust in Him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me -- still He knows what He is about.
And this 'blog, I hope is part of that.

So, what's the plan for the next twelve months?

More of the same, only better.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Images Of Hope

There are a myrriad of images surrounding the events of 9/11. I chose these four because, while it is important to remember the past, it is just as important to visualize the future.



Who could not forget this act of reclaiming the area as our own? To me, it was symbolic of getting back to one's feet, bloodied but unbroken.



I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me. My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2


The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever.

Psalm 121:7-8



It was a simple yet dramatic memorial. Light overcoming darkness. A statement saying this will be done.

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Originally posted 9/11/2006.

9/11/2001(-11)

Yesterday's ceremony in Shanksville, PA set the tone.

Today will be a somber day.

We as a nation and a world will relive the events of a Tuesday morning history will not forget.

We remember those who were the victims and share their grief.

We continue to struggle with how this has affected our lives, whether we want to admit it or not.

There are still many unanswered questions, most of them beginning with "Why".

Other people will write more eloquent words or have more elegant memorials than I. Do search for them. It will be worth your time.

How interesting it is two readings for this particular Sunday, the Twenty-Fourth in Ordinary Time in Lectionary Cycle A, stress forgiveness. Yes, while we still cry for justice, we also must show mercy. God does.

We still do not know "the peace which surpasses all understanding." There is a hole in the world the size of the footprints of where the Twin Towers stood, despite the reconstruction. There is an even larger hole in the heart of the world which seeks wholeness. It is a restlessness St. Augustine describes so well.

In some ways, we have moved on. In some ways, we are stuck. In some ways, we have regressed. Yet we know this world still groans under the weight of Original Sin. While Jesus Christ has redeemed humanity and the world by His Cross and Resurrection, we still must cooperate with God's Grace to see "a new heaven and a new earth" come forth, where there are no more divisions and even Death has been overcome.

So, let us continue to seek the face of God. Let us continue our own personal conversions so the world may eventually be converted. Let us continue down "the narrow way", the path which leads to life.

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As I suggested before, let us pray for the following:
1. The souls of all who died.
2. Those who still mourn.
3. Those who seek a just solution.
4. Forgiveness toward our enemies.
5. Our enemies (didn't Someone command us to do this?).
6. The courage to continue the fight.
7. Peace.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Visit With Zeros

This "infinitesimal corner of the universe" passed another milestone in its benign history.

Visitor #40,000 made a brief stop on Thursday at 12:27 PM.

With the information from Sitemeter, my guess would be that some kind of information was being sought.

No matter how long they stay, I am always glad for the hits.

I realize I have a very small audience.

Sometimes, they even like what I write.

That should be my encouragement.

It is.

Thanks to all who come.

Hurry back.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Labor Unrest

This is not encouraging news concerning the job front and people like me.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offer their assessment, courtesy of their Labor Day statement (PDF File) issued by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton, CA and the Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

So. like the Psalmist, I have to find more help here.

As a side note, isn't it interesting the United States has created a holiday which seemingly mirrors a feast day of the Church (Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1)?