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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanks for the Recourse Autumn

Autumn -
a time of declining daylight,
and noticeable angles of sun not elevated in sky
anticipating color,
bright rumblings of the last flight of butterflies in the stomach of our growing season,
youthful preparation for grade-school,
                                                             high school,
                                                                                 any school.
of pedal bikes,
wind-blown leaves,
pumpkins smiling on the doorstep -
      even the most forbidden neighborhoods walk hand in hand
      illumined by her prayerful gaze
      intertwined with soil.

of fife & drum corps
marching to the football silhouettes across the grain,
serenading far away corn stalks -
a sway to the beat of upcoming decay.

of trees who expose there secret whispers of nakedness and burr.
Charlie Brown oaks filled with swarming, sanctified american bats
who celebrate the time of declining daylight
and noticeable angles of sun not elevated in sky.

Autumn...

her pale features,
that I miss.






Friday, April 11, 2014

Goons Be Gone

Coming from a long time fan and ice hockey enthusiast, I simply have to say - goons be gone. Cheap and dirty play like this tarnishes the game, the league...the grace of the sport. I'm embarrassed for the Minnesota Wild. 





Does this fuel the intensity and rivalry between division foes? It needs little explanation. Still,  I'm against it.  A microcosm for consideration in our daily lives?  Perhaps.


Resources

Complete Video
Headshots and the NHL
The Evolution of Goon Culture in the NHL (these stats aren't from SRM either)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Watershed Moment of Forgiveness or... Give Me Some Truth

Context: A humble Catholic and politician champions prison ministry and rehabilitation for England's most hardened criminals of the twentieth century. In a particularly insightful scene from the HBO drama entitled Longford,  a radio Q & A is revisited toward the end of the film whereby an anonymous caller interrupts a sprightly conversation about Lord Longford's love of the saints and bluntly confronts him about his long dedication towards convicted murderer Myra Hindley.











Caller:
[...in view of everything we now know about her, don't you regret having supported her all that time? ...(long pause) it's a simple answer Lord, yes or no? Do you regret it? ]

(long pause)

Longford: [ Not at all, as a matter of fact, I consider my visiting Myra Hindley and, indeed, all of the other prisoners I visited for over fifty years to be one of the great blessings of my life... now perhaps we could get back to the subject of saints?]

Radio Host: [But, hasn't she betrayed you? She's ruined your good name, she's taken all of that hard work you did for her and thrown it back in your face.]

Longford: [Yes... (with hesitation), perhaps there's some truth in that. Ummm, forgiving her has proven difficult, very difficult (mournful expression). Not for what's she's done to me (chuckling) - that's neither here nor there - but the terrible crime themselves...forgiveness is the very cornerstone of my faith, and the struggle to deepen my faith is my life's journey, so in this respect she has enriched my spiritual life beyond measure, and for that I will always be grateful to her. ]

(long pause)

Myra Hindley
Lord Longford

Longford: [If people think that makes me weak or mad so be it, that is the path I am committed too. To love the sinner, but hate the sin, to see the best in people not the worst, to believe that anyone, no matter how evil, can be redeemed... eventually.] 

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Resources

Dangerous Liason (The UK Guardian)
See No Evil



Despite the rather esoteric and provocative example, how is forgiveness known in our ordinary lives? To be sure, it quietly taps on our hearts in a subtle yet daunting stubbornness - a persistent far away, closen-up embrace.

Let's investigate together.

                                         Chip away at the stone,

                                                                                   And pray this Lent.