Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1 Let the charity of the brotherhood abide in you. 2 And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels unaware.
As we walk through this word let us not forget that in our extremity, in accident, illness, war or trials, often our guardian angels take form and walk among us. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
From Spirit Daily.
THE THIRD MAN FACTOR: WHEN SPIRITS FROM THE 'OTHER SIDE' ASSIST IN EXTREME CONDITIONS
Monday, June 29, 2009
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Freedom and democracy is what the protestors want, and they are willing to die for it. Honor their courage and support their cause.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
These frisky, intelligent and beautiful sea mammals are amazing to watch. They've been the subject of scientific study for years and this short (28 minutes) BBC documentary on their behavior will blow your mind.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan talks about the Mass and the state of the priesthood. This carries an eff-bomb alert "R for language" (for those who might be offended) but it is brilliant. His point about the priesthood needing to look and sound more like John the Baptist definitely waves toward the Eastern clergy, who sport that wild prophet look much more than the Westerners. Made me laugh insanely, anyhow. I like Tiernan's humor.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Pay it forward.
And now, cross-cultural good vibes in small places. Naturally 7 Live in the Paris Subway! I like this veddah veddah much...enjoy
Friday, June 19, 2009
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
~ Nelson Henderson
"Plant very soon." Do not hesitate in doing good.
Cheers to my 250,000 strong family here in Lincoln, Nebraska, all of us "Helen's children" today. Let's all try and live up to it.
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Its funny, I was not really actively looking for a job but the perfect one just presented itself at the right time. It reminds me of the saying by Alexander Graham Bell, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A must-read. Americans, we are amazed by the intense pro-democracy demonstrations of the Iranian people, especially their youth and women. Our feeble response to a the 2000 election, Diebold-ed and stolen as it was, pales in comparison. Viva Iran's Green Revolution! Power to the people. Right on.
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from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
At Studioville ~ 2634 N 48th Street
See you there!
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays ~
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and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim;
without corruption you gave birth to God the Word;
true Theotokos we magnify you ... "
Came home, watered the flowers in the garden, then made a pair of glass bead and Swarovski crystal earrings and matching necklace for Heart Of Gold Jewelers and now I'm blogging, the it's off to do errands and work at the local food pantry. What joy the simple things are.
Live well! Pax Christi.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Bradford pear blossoms like the ones on the trees that grace Lincoln, Nebraska thanks to Helen!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Since ExRanger posted his "top ten books" list, I've been doing some thinking about the books I love ~ the "great" books in my spiritual and intellectual development over many years. The ones I come back to, the ones that helped form who I am and what I believe may change some from decade to decade, but the following books are always at the top of the list. The ideas presented in these writings are precious to my soul. If you haven't yet read them, do yourself a favor and put them on your personal to-read list!
1.) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King) by J.R.R. Tolkien and also The Hobbit: or There and Back Again ~ I first read Tolkien when The Hobbit was first published stateside, 1966 I think, since I was 13 years old ~ and have been a fan ever since. Have read them all 7 or 8 times. What a nerd.
2.) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. What can I say. I could hardly love this book more if it were a beloved person. The quintessential book on what it means to be human. Also loved the musical ~ Have read the book twice and seen the play three times! And the Liam Nisson film was pretty good too.
3.) Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge. Out of print and worth the hunt. HINT: Many large public libraries still have a copy or two. Read one of those. Ms. Goudge wrote beautifully from a Catholic worldview enchanting tales of much depth and loveliness. This is the based-on-a-true-story tale of a man who married the wrong woman, and made a good thing of it. I've read it many times.
It is a sure-cure for a bad cold, BTW.
4.) Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The past master of 20th century fiction on freedom, mortality and the nature of God and man. Very very good. I've read it 3 times.
5.) Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin This one I love because I laughed raucously aloud every 3-4 pages, and it shows the USA in a light not usually seen, very illuminating and clear. Jolly good read and so much fun.
My other Top 5 will be posted later, after I figure out what they are :P
Arwen searches for a book...
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Our location is 2634 N. 48th St in the University Place neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska USA.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Who has seen the sweet, funny film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? That is one of our favorite films, and after having spent over 18 years of my life visiting the local Greek Orthodox Church, most of that as a convert-member, I have to say that I know those people, those characters are REAL, and as quirky and hilarious as the film makes them out to be. (I think that's why Tom and Rita Hanks decided to back Vardolos first film, it was so very funny and true to the Greek diaspora experience.) I have seen it three times and will watch it again. Family, food, tradition, honoring the elders, deep spiritual connectedness and family pride are all themes moderners could take a point from.
Read Nia Vardolos' post in HuffPo fromMonday 06/08/09 titled "Women Don't Go To Movies" -- Huh? and then run out and see her latest film, My Life in Ruins, with all your friends. Guys too, cuz you know you really did like My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
MBFGW excerpt: [upon learning Ian is a vegetarian] What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? [the entire room stops, in shock. We hear plates break and there are gasps.] ... That's okay. I make lamb.
CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson
The Nature of personal Reality by Jane Roberts
ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach
Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts unknown by Alan Watts
TAO, The Watercourse Way by Alan Watts
Zen in the martial arts by Joe Hyams
The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher
House by Tracy Kidder
Dispatches by Michael Herr
That is my list. I would be interested to see what you would pick for inclusion on your list!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I was raised in the Catholic church in Royal Oak Michigan at the Shrine of the little flower. When I was 12 my family moved to a very rural farm in central Michigan. We were five miles from the nearest village and an half hour from the nearest town of any size. The best thing about it was a fifteen thousand acre state game area that was only a mile down the road. My new best friend and I spent every waking hour when not in school roaming the woods year around. Our parents rarely new where we were at any given time and it made us very independent and self sufficient.
Soon came the end of High School and the need to get a full time job. My friend and I both drove the hour to the GM plant where we were hired and spent the next three decades working. During that time I went on military leave and joined the 1/75th Airborne Ranger Battalion for four years. After my tour I went on a sort of spiritual quest that is still going on to some extent. In the end I chose to follow the Tao.
My experiences in the Rangers changed the way I look at life and made me a very different person. I started writing as a way to share the things that I had learned at great expense with people who might need that experience. If there is one thing I know well it is how to live very rough and travel light. Good things to know when our economy is crumbling and the safety nets are not holding.
So now I have retired from GM and I do other things. I work in the garden, Bicycle many miles, read and study a lot, write some and think about how to avoid the worst effects of the hard times to come.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
In a larger sense I think the same thing is happening on a national level. As our economy slowly crumbles and more and more people are put in situations that they never imagined or prepared themselves for they will suddenly start holding out hope from a higher power that they never really had time for when times were so good. I imagine there are a lot of very late, dark night of the soul conversions going on these days.
What that will lead to is growth in church and other faith based groups and small communities who will help each other through the tough times to come. It will also lead to a turning away from an individual, "I can do it all on my own outlook on life" if only because it is so difficult to pull off. Just look at the old time mountain men in the early years of this country. They were probably the ultimate strong individualist type people we have ever had in this country. And yet when they went to the western mountains they died in droves just because there was too much to do by themselves and no margin for error.
In contrast, look at the Catholic Church as one example. It has survived for two millenia, through revolutions, Plagues, natural disasters and changing societies. And the people who make up the church are going to have the best chances of weathering the hard times ahead in our country if only because they will help each other. There is an infrastructure and set of rules and traditions that those outside of the spiritual community just do not have.
The days of the individualist are coming to a close and the rebirth of the family and spiritual community are one of the few positive outcomes from the coming hard times.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I have posted with great interest the story of the red-tailed hawk soaring over the US Capitol during the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and explored the symbolism and meaning thereof in this post from January of this year.
My own adopted state of Nebraska, where my family has lived since 1984, has a pair of peregrine falcons nesting and raising a brood on top of the state capital! Not only that, but there is a webcam where you can watch the little buggers hatch and grow up. They are now 21 days old and look like round fuzzy footballs with raptor eyes and talons.
In Nordic tradition, the Falcon represents the huntsman and is associated with the Germanic sky-gods Wodan as well as Frigg and the trickster Loki. In European culture the Falcon is considered a war symbol. The Japanese Ainu thought that it was a helper of humanity. The ancient Egyptians saw them as representations of gods. They were spirit messengers to the Native American Cree, guardian spirits to the Inca, and a symbol of someone on a quest to medieval Europeans.
Essentially, the Falcon represents visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship. This powerful bird awakens visionary power, and leads to one's life purpose. The Falcon carries with it a message of transition and change.
The fact that this Peregrine chose to show itself is a powerful message to Nebraskans. This is a call for us to pay attention to mission, function, actions.
The fact that they repeatedly nest on our Capitol building is a call to live up to a clear vision of the highest possible manifestation of democracy.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Dear Friends of the Melkite Mission of Lincoln NE,
Our next Divine Liturgy will be the First Sunday of June (6/7) at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3330 North 13th Street, Lincoln.
As always, the Divine Liturgy will be preceded by Morning Prayer. So please remember to come early.
There is now a table at the coffee social where you can purchase Eastern Christian books, CDs, artwork, and jewelry (at the present time it is cash only).
Don't forget to visit our new site on the internet with a lot of new information intended to answer common questions about the Divine Liturgy (recently added Videos and Audio).
The schedule for Sunday is as follows:
9:30 AM Morning Prayer
10:00AM Divine Liturgy followed by Potluck
For more information call: (402) 797-3703
(Dear Readers, please feel free to welcome Rod and also put in your 2 cents worth on any of the posts here any time. )