26 November 2009

25 November 2009

just before

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best??"...and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a VERY good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was BETTER than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. (A.A. Milne)

24 November 2009

22 November 2009

super glue

"Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue" — Anne Lamott

walk into the light

"Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." — Anne Lamott

halloween costume of the year

eternal home

there is no prayer without thanksgiving

15 November 2009

self. love. try.

"I must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool."
— Theodore I. Rubin, MD

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."
— C.S. Lewis

"Many things—such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly—are done worst when we try hardest to do them."
— C.S. Lewis

Restless until it rests in You...

All of us understand and have experienced the pressures and demands of life related to the pursuit of goals. We have stress in graduate school, stress at work, stress with families and stress with financial matters. It’s interesting that we tolerate this stress in the pursuit of a goal that we’re not really sure will make us satisfied in the end. In fact, many things that are valued, such as money and environmental factors (house, decor, auto, ect.) are what Herzberg calls “hygiene factors”. In other words, they do not increase satisfaction, but rather reduce dissatisfaction. According to the nuances of this theory, satisfaction and dissatisfaction are two different things, and different factors influence each. Theoretically, you can reduce dissatisfaction with an abundance of “hygiene” factors, but still be left with no satisfaction. The simple essence of the theory is that “hygiene” factors fulfill physiological needs, whereas “motivator” factors (such as achievement, experience, growth) fulfill psychological needs.


11 November 2009

Veteran's Day

Just to keep bloging in perspective...

09 November 2009

big church. B-I-G church.

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. - Ralph W. Sockman


03 November 2009

I'm your native son...

"There is nothing right now at this moment that justifies anything but wonder." - ADG

Get your ox outta here!

“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” ~Luke 14:5

I think Jesus is telling us something about God: God doesn’t hesitate to help us. He doesn’t think twice about helping us. He responds to our needs immediately, much like we would react if a loved one had fallen into a well.


02 November 2009

The Autumn Wind

(autumn storm by andrew gillette)

The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously
His face is weather beaten
He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head
And a bristly black moustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won

by: Steve Sabol


Amor in a mirror

“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they loved her.” G.K. Chesteron in a discussion about what can happen to a city, or anything, when people pour their personal love into something.

01 November 2009

"I" into "we" into "Him"

If heaven means being in Christ, then it also means co-being with all those who together form the one Body of Christ. There is no isolation in heaven. It is the open society of the saints and, consequently, also the fulfillment of all human togetherness, not in competition with the Beatific Vision, but rather in consequence thereof.

Christian veneration of the saints depends on this knowledge, not on a mythical omniscience about the saints, but simply on the inviolable openness of every member of the whole Body of Christ to every other member, which presumes the unlimited closeness of love and is sure of finding God in everyone and everyone in God.

There results from this an anthropological component. The integration of the I into the Body of Christ, its being at the disposal of the Lord and of everyone else, is not a dissolution of the I but its purification, which, at the same time, fulfills its highest potential.

That is why heaven is different for each individual. Everyone sees God in his own way; everyone receives the love of the whole Body in his own unalterable uniqueness.

Co-Workers of the Truth
Pope Benedict XVI

True 2 U

My mother told me: 'If you want to become a soldier you will be a general; if you want to become a priest, you will be a pope'. I wanted to be a painter and I became Picasso!" -Pable Picasso