Weaving and Choosing

•February 17, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Here is a beautiful passage from the tradition of Celtic Christianity that you may enjoy.

Silence

I weave a silence onto my lips.
I weave a silence into my mind.
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my ears to distractions.
I close my eyes to attractions.
I close my heart to temptations.

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, within your peace.

Who would Saint Francis love?

•January 9, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

For me, the most helpful line in St. Francis’s Prayer is the last: “…and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

It has been especially helpful in reminding me to let go of my tightly held ego-bound requirements for myself and others, that we may be worthy of love.

When I “die” to self, I relax those requirements. What else but the insecure ego forces ourselves and others to conform to a standard in order to be worthy of love?

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

•December 18, 2005 • Leave a Comment

Last night a fantastic storm rolled in and showers hit us. I was checking out the sump pump at about 11:30 pm and found out that it wasn’t working, and thus began phone calls and an early morning adventure.

The important part came the next morning. The wind was thrashing trees around outside our window, and the storm was whistling through the branches, and I remembered something that helped me get out of bed.

Having a nice cozy warm place is dangerous. Actually, it can lead to a kind of death, where I am tempted to curl up and avoid things. Instead, I am blessed by God with the opportunity to take on storms. The storms come as a gift, and it’s up to me to bravely engage with the world — as scary as it may seem sometimes — while relying wholly on God and not worrying about the outcome.

We are made for service to others, and getting out of bed to willingly face the storms of life is very important in completing the picture of who we are. Sometimes, for me, this can simply mean admitting to others that I need help.

The US Government Doesn’t Have Secret Laws… Does It?

•December 13, 2005 • Leave a Comment

When you’re being forced to comply with a law, do you think that the law itself should be a secret? A CNET.com news article reveals a suit against the Bush Administration, which “claims that the ID requirement [for flying] is necessary for security but has refused to identify any actual regulation requiring it.” In fact… “The Justice Department has said it could identify the secret law under seal, which would be available to the 9th Circuit but not necessarily [the plaintiff’s] lawyers. But any public description would not be permitted, the department said.”

When a tortoise "adopts" a baby hippo

•December 12, 2005 • 2 Comments

South Africa’s News24.com reports that an approximately 100-year-old tortoise has for a while now been a steady companion to a young hippo who survived the December 2004 tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast.

Setup a mountable Linux filesystem using your GMail account

•November 28, 2005 • Leave a Comment

“GmailFS provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium.”

That’s a cool hack.

Where does "security" come from?

•November 10, 2005 • Leave a Comment

Having witnessed “a wide range of abuses” to prisoners, including “death threats, beatings, broken bones, murder, exposure to elements, extreme forced physical exertion, hostage-taking, stripping, sleep deprivation and degrading treatment” when serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Ian Fishback asks, “Do we sacrifice our ideals in order to preserve security?”

And the answer is, “no.”