"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Slow Takes (Vol. 97)

1. There are times when I receive an email that asks me to forward it to a number of my friends after I finish reading it. I am told that good things will result as a reward for my fulfillment of this duty. If I fail to comply I may be un-American, unfriendly, non-religious or be visited by three spirits the night I delete the received email. Email myths is the term I use to refer to these annoyances. My friends and family know that I don’t respond to these types of emails. However, they still arrive in my inbox and I continue to read and delete.

“Your DailyTripod, Delighted When They Heard” touches on the subject to religious emails. It is nice to know that I am not alone.

“There is a prevalence of messages that people send out which basically say repost this or you don’t love Jesus.  I just have to wonder if Jesus really cares about what is on Facebook or if he would rather we get off our computers and go out into the world and do the works?  So I am going to sign off, not post the message and head to do some volunteering this weekend.  And no…I am not going to send that message to 25 friends or post it on Facebook or re-tweet it on Twitter. De colores!”

2. The Central Virginia Cursillo Women’s Weekend started May 16. Their “Fourth Day” is Sunday, May 19. Please pray for the candidates and team members.

3. The following, from "Your Daily Tripod, Bear Witness," has a beautiful reflection that is perfect for the Women’s Weekend.

“On the weekend, we make ample use of prayer partners.  Teams use prayer-partners to get to know each other in formation.  We have prayer-partners in the community offering “Palanca” for the candidates and the team.  We have members of the community providing hands-on service to the weekend.  We have a prayer clock where we can be assured that members of the extended community are praying for the weekend around-the-clock. 
As the weekend progresses, another feature which becomes evident to the candidates is that every time a member of the team gets up to “bear witness” in the model of St. Paul, another member of the team disappears.  It will be revealed that this member is up in the chapel praying for the brother/sister who is delivering the witness talk.
Jesus reveals in John 17 that he is our eternal prayer-partner in two complementary manners.  First the Father is in Him and He is in us.  Second we are in Him and Jesus is in the Father. This unity is what we achieve on a weekend between the team in formation, then between the team and candidates and then between the weekend and the community.  This is most powerfully expressed in the Palanca notes and other actions and prayers that take place before, during and after the weekend.”

4. This seasons final episode of NCIS aired this week. The “bad guy” was Richard Parsons, a DOD IG Investigator. He was after Gibbs but failed. The bad news is that I get this “gut” feeling he’s still going to be around.

The ending scene provided something to think about. It should be an interesting new series next season.

5. My neighbor has Pittsburgh signs on his lawn promoting his confidence that they will win the Stanley Cup. With my teams out, I’m not sure who to cheer for. Maybe I’ll wait until we get to the final paring.

6. The Cicada’s are out and making a complete nuisance of themselves. They are making their typical loud noise and seem to be everywhere. Some interesting information on them at Wikipedia.

7. Hug your children today, hug your husband, hug your wife, hug someone close to you. No special reason, just a beautiful thing to do.

Read other "Takes" at Conversion Diary.

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