Friday, January 03, 2003

St. Genevieve

Patroness of disasters, fever, Paris, plague, and WACs. Courtesy of Catholic Forum.

Thursday, January 02, 2003

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors of the Church

Basil and I were both in Athens. We had come, like streams of a river, from the same source in our native land, had separated from each other in pursuit of learning, and were now united again as if by plan, for God so arranged it.

When, in the course of time, we acknowledged our friendship and recognized that our ambition was a life of true wisdom, we became everything to each other; we shared the same lodging, the same table, the same desires, the same goal. Our love for each other grew daily warmer and deeper.

The same hope inspired us: the pursuit of learning. We seemed to be two bodies with a single spirit. Our single object and ambition was virtue, and a life of hope int he blessings that are to come.

We followed the guidance of God's law and spurred each other on to virtue. If it is not too boastful to say, we found in each other a standard and rule for discerning right from wrong.

Different men have different names, which they owe to their parents or to themselves, that is, to their own pursuits and achievements. But our great pursuit, the great name we wanted, was to be Christians, to be called Christians.

from a sermon by Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Banished Words for 2003 

Lake Superior University has published a list of banished words for 2003
. Before you get mad,
it's not about censorship, but a humorous look at the cliches that fill
our media (and blogs).

Happy New Year's Day

We left the party well before midnight, and we were one of the last people standing. Another sign of creeping adulthood is going to parties where pre-teens outnumber adults by 2 to 1. At midnight I was walking the dog in a rainstorm. The rain was not detering the youths of the neighborhood to light firecrackers at midnight. Now if you have a dog, you know that firecrackers and dogs are not a good mix. He was so spooked that he did not do his business. Naturally, he was whining at three in the morning to be let out.

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

U2 -- New Year's Day

All is quiet on New Year's Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's Day
On New Year's Day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it's true it's true...
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I...I will begin again
I...I will begin again

Maybe the time is right
Oh...maybe tonight...

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we're told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year's Day
On New Year's Day

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