"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

Friday, February 12, 2016

Peyton, Tarzan & Colleen

My Slow Takes

1. Pam and Tony hosted our annual Super Bowl Party. I didn’t win the pool, but Peyton won the game, which is what I was hoping for. 

The Cheerleaders

2. There is a new GEICO commercial, this one is based on Tarzan, Jane and Cheeta. The commercial brought back memories of watching Tarzan, starring Johnny Weissmuller, with my Dad and brother Tom. There were a couple of things that the commercial missed. The first is that is should have been done in black and white like the old movies. Second, Cheeta was very quiet. Usually he would have some chimpanzee response, even if it was to “blow raspberries.” Third, and probably the most important, Tarzan did not use the word, “ungawa.” 

3. Ash Wednesday was well attended at our 9:30AM Mass. Dee and I assisted with Hospitality and received ashes along with the rest of the parishioners. 

4. Please pray for our friend Ryan’s grandmother Irene who is in ICU. She is a lovely, frail woman. Dee and I visited her at the hospital and prayed with her.

5. Winter brings snow and cold temperatures. Sometimes I think that the “news” likes to have things to talk about in an attempt to get more viewers. Please understand that I’m not ridiculing our television networks, but it appears that they started using term “polar vortex” sometime in 2014. Prior to that, it was just cold, sub-freezing temperatures or “three dog nights.” In any case, this weekend is going to be cold. 

6. This is from “Your Daily Tripod,” by Colleen O’Sullivan. She starts with a reading from Isaiah and then suggests our “action for lent.”

“This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:  releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them and not turning your back on your own.  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.  Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say:  Here I am!”   (Isaiah 58:6-9a)

“Lent 2016 is still young.  There’s still time to ponder God’s words in today’s reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and to reflect on how we plan to fast during this season.  Fasting without a rice bowl, without a means to reach out in love and compassion to others, is empty.   Especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, what God desires is fasting and sacrifice that lead to corporal works of mercy.”

7. Dixie Chicks “Hello Mr. Heartache.” 

Go over to "This Ain't the Lyceum,” where Kelly is hosting more takes.

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