Friday, February 01, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Pay attention to people.
Fewer things honor people as much, or make them peaceful more readily, or give them an experience of their worth as clearly as paying attention to them.
Verbalize human experience and teach others to do this.
The more inarticulate we are, the more likely it is that we might seek violence as a way of expressing ourselves.
Reject excessive activity, accomplishments or success.
There is something belligerent about frenetic action.
Contemplation is defined as life review, in silence, connecting our reflection with the ideals we have not achieved, making amends for things we regret, and thanking God for the good we were given, the losses we survived, the love we received beyond all measure.
Silence is shattered not by speaking but by eagerness and anxiety to be heard by others. Silence invites others to speak. Genuine silence is creative and liberating.
A desperate need to possess is a form of violence.
Lose, then let go.
We are acculturated to go from success to success. Losing gracefully, even in terms of the long run, is a remarkable virtue. Clutching at success, when letting go is necessary, destroys us.
If you were to read Scripture reflectively for only five minutes a day, your life would be enriched. Scripture makes the norm, not whatever is presently fashionable, but what is truly enduring. It roots us and gives us peace amid the turbulence of passing crises we face.
Maintain a sense of history.
We become frantic when we see life in the short run. In the longer view of human history or even our personal histories, patterns of meanings emerge. The good does prevail.
Hold the conviction that people are basically good.
People must be reliable or else the Gospel would not have lasted; Christ would have been forgotten. Much of the violence done in the name of religion has been premised on the idea that people are evil.
May the energies of your heart invite the Holy Spirit to visit you with ever-increasing frequency for dispassion. Eastern Orthodox benediction.
FreeRice has two goals:
- Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
- Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
I thought this sounded fishy so I checked it out and it all seems to be on the up and up. I have a personal best, so far, of 1100 Grains donated on a Vocabulary Level of 40, can you top that? Freerice also has a sister site Poverty.com, I would encourage you to go read some of their stuff on poverty...find out where the US falls in a list of countries who give to help the poor of the world. Find out the different diseases that are made worse (or deadly) because of poverty.
Then the boingers had a vlog about rice used to show demographics. It was done by a group called Stan's Cafe, a theatre company. Here are some links about the display: here, and here , and of course here is a video. Enjoy
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
- Fresh Vegetables, all sorts
- Fresh Fish, pick them out of a tank and have them cleaned before your eyes
- Any type juice you want
- Different types of sweets from all over Asia
- Variety of hot sauces
- Yogurt Scotch
- Fun things you have never seen...trust me.
- Tofu all varieties
- Frozen swamp eel!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
And if you cannot read his shirt (click photo for larger view) it says:
Christian life is WARFARE. Hit hard, with heroic virtue. Hit fast with the 10 commandments. Hit often with vigilant prayer.
Oh and when you read it remember who said it first, and in what setting.