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Salvation Happens

Salvation happens every time someone with a key uses it to open a door he could lock instead.

– Barbara Brown Taylor

Wednesday of Hope . . . . It Just Makes Sense

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
– I have seen this quote attributed to several people, but I believe it is by Vaclav Havel

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A Thought on Memorial Day

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Tomahawk Missile

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

What Shall We Do when there Seems to be No Hope?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie

How to Find Faith

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Christmas Tapestry

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Do you remember the song "Silent Night - 7 O'clock News" by Simon and Garfunkel?

This is ammunition from World War II. The countries listed are Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.
Do you remember the song “Silent Night – 7 O’clock News” by Simon and Garfunkel?

The Christmas Tapestry
By Michael Hare Duke
The humdrum duties of the land,
feeding the beasts, mucking out the straw
provide the dull hessian background
of the Christmas scene.
Suddenly the tapestry is lit
by glory’s gold
and smirched by red threads of violence.
First the angel song
caroling the Word made flesh,
then the murderous fire of Herod’s fear
slaying the Innocents
Is conflict part of the perennial pattern
of our response to Love’s story?
Colonial might, conversion
proceeding from the barrel of a gun
betray the gracious Christ;
the fear of might and money
breed Terror.
Innocents of Palestine,
Arab and Jew
bleed from the bombs and guns
that violence deploys;
the flash of gunfire
rapes the night’s tranquility over Baghdad;
the mothers of Breslan weep for their children
and will not be comforted.
Meanwhile there’s far within;
as each of us grows old
black crows of death and disease
darken our days.
Come Love anew
let the angels’ song
counterpoint our tears
and lace the clouds with glory.
Give us an unambiguous blessing
by the Birth
to paint a rainbow
above our hearts’ distress.
With love and prayers for Light to overcome
the current darkness, political, ecclesiastical and personal.

We Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

La Virgen de Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I share a stylized image from a photo that I took in the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and I had to include a YouTube video of the people in the cathedral in Mexico City singing “Las Mañitas,” which is traditionally sung in la madrugada (early in the morning). After all, the words, “Despierta, Madre, despierta” are meant to awaken her! The processions, the prayers, and the Mass are also customarily followed with tamales and champurado (a very special chocolate drink)!

¡Con mucho gusto!

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And the lyrics to the song are:

Las Mañanitas

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Madre, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.