November 3rd, 2008

alan - joshua tree bloom

Prayers -

My dear young friend Zach's mother is again in the hospital.  I request prayers for Katie, Ian, Zach, Marlene and Ron, and all those involved in her care.

Thank you!

Zach on a hay pyramid in Inverness

Thomas Merton -

This is a picture of Zach on a hay pyramid in Inverness in Point Reyes, CA.

Thomas Merton died in 1968 and yet his words still resonate.

Thomas Merton:

People demand that the government "interfere" in nothing, just pour money into the armament industry and provide a strong police for "security". But stay out of everything else! No interference in medicine, mental health, education, etc. Never was a country at once shrewder and less wise--shrewd in non-essentials and lunatic in essentials.

I have no doubt the world feels toward America the way many monks feel toward an abbot who wants to exercise total power, to receive unquestioning obedience on the basis of slogans about which he himself ceased thinking about twenty-five years ago, and who above all wants to be loved, so that he many never, at any time, to himself, seem to be exercising power, or loving it. Nobody denies him the power he has: few give him the love that he needs in order to be safe and content. And therefore he uses his power, from time to time, in unpredictable, arbitrary and absurd ways in which he defends his own ends and makes everybody miserable.

Thomas Merton. Turning Toward the World. Victor A. Kramer, editor. San Francisco: HarperSanFranciso, 1996: 259.

Thought for the Day:

The absurdity of American civil defense propaganda-- for a shelter in the cellar-"come out in two weeks and resume the American way of life." Inexorably life moves on towards crisis and mystery. Everyone must struggle to adjust himself to this, to face the situation, for "now is the judgment of the world".

Turning Toward the World: 152

obama - book lovers

Just a reminder -

I know most of us are very clear on our vote and why, but just in case you are still looking for ammunition to aid your unclear friends in their decision, here it is.

Obama/Biden  vs. McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?

Ponder the following:

What  if the Obamas had paraded five children across the  stage, including a three month old infant and an  unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John  McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth  from the bottom of his graduating

What  if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a  divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who  left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car  accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Obama had met his second  wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the  wife who not only became addicted to pain killers  but also acquired them illegally through her  charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain  graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been  a member of the Keating Five?
(The Keating Five  were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political  scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan  crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)


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