Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hail Mary Full of Grace

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Scenes from my "pot" (Terracotta) Garden June 2007

I happened upon this thought on the internet and it has pulled me in and given me so must to think about

When we contemplate the Risen Christ we see him with his wounds... they nolonger hurt him but in his glorified body they remain and in a sense are transformed. They are not taken away they do not disappear but rather are one of the key ways by which he can be known or recognized.

All of us are broken and all of us have wounds, physical, psychological whatever.... These wounds like the wounds of Christ can be transformed can be changed... but we can't necessarily expect them to disappear....


Monday, June 25, 2007

Sweet Potato Baked "Fries"

Cut them up like fries (Yams or Sweet Potatoes)
Put tin foil on a cookie tray and spray it with pam or something to keep them for sticking
Coat them with some kind of oil (I used olive oil)
Salt - Pepper - Cinnamon
Bake at around 400 for 45 - 50 minutes turning them once...

They will be a little more crunchy when they cool down.

I thought they would be a dud but it turned out that I really liked them.

If you want a more scientific recipe try this link


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Jer 1:4-10

In the days of King Josiah, the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
“I know not how to speak; I am too young.”
But the LORD answered me,
Say not, “I am too young.”
To whomever I send you, you shall go;
whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Have no fear before them,
because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,

See, I place my words in your mouth!
This day I set you
over nations and over kingdoms,
to root up and to tear down,
to destroy and to demolish,
to build and to plant.

Please God...

May I never be afraid to proclaim you truth
or to model your love

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I really have to do better at keeping up this blog....

Summer is a time of planning and dreaming and preparing for the new school year. That's been what I"ve been up to of late. I also have taken the time to set up Doctor and Dentist appointments. The pace is so much slower and calmer...

Lord grant me the grace and the desire to just slow down a bit..
Help me find you in the quiet and calm which settles down on our campus over the summer
Protect our students as they work and relax these next few months.
Bring them back to us safe and sound

I ran into TJ Lee today he looked great and is working in the Pentagon... WOW

One last meeting with Lauren and Jake before their wedding.... What a priviledge to be a part of their special day...


Monday, June 04, 2007

The Peace of Blue Lake (Thanks)

Fr. Mike and I spent a week away in Michigan at Cabin on Blue Lake thanks to kindness of one his parishioners ... Get up.. have a cup of coffee spend the morning in a canoe and the afternoon with "The Name of the Rose" Mass in the evening on the deck... Wonderful as you can see

Friday, June 01, 2007

From the Chapel of our Mission Site

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Mission Honduras what a team ... what an experience

Well I just returned from a two week mission trip in Honduras. Like every experience I've had in Central America (This is number 8) I was touched by the beauty of the people and the simplicity of their life style. Necessities like medicine and shoes and adequate shelter and portable water are often missing. The daily wage where we stayed was around $5.00 a day. YES 5.00 a day that's all. While the staples rice beans etc are very reasonable anything brought in is very costly and beyond the reach of most...

Why was I born here and why were they born there ? What is my responsibility toward them ? Why do we live in such affluence and they go without. We are the same in the eyes of God and in a world view they are definitely not the worst off.

It is so easy to get lost in our affluence to grow comfortable in our lifestyle and be oblivious to the needs of those who are poor, those who go without.

We have too much
They have too little
there has to be a place where we can meet in the middle .....

Of particular concern to me of late is the whole immigration policy in the US. It seems we desperately need people from Honduras and all of Central America to staff harvest our crops and staff our service industry. But we don't want to give them any kind of legal status or very much legal protection. That way we can escort them out when we don't need them anymore. Our current policy just creates this huge class of undocumented poor people who live in fear of being sent back to poverty. Is that fair ? Is that just ?

Of particular concern is the effect that this policy has on families in Central America. When a person is in our country illegally so that they can support their family they can't go home. They can't have regular contact with their families. In Comyagua (I'm not sure how to spell that) we went into an internet cafe. There was a family huddled around a computer looking at a grainy picture of their father and son. They speak to each other over the internet every week. I venture to say that it is the only contact they have had for years. This "self imposed" exile is a great burden but also a necessity. It is probably the only way he can support his family.

So much to think about and pray about.

Lord disturb my spirit
so that I may never grow comfortable
with things I don't need
when my brothers and sisters lack so much

I'll tryand put some pictures up a little later...