CNN.Com: Gay supporters denied communion at Chicago Mass; Minnesota Catholics blocked at altar
It’s nice that people are standing up for the rights of others but I really think the Rainbow Sash movement stepped over the bounds. The Mass is for worship, not airing one’s political views. The Chicago cardinal had a right to order that they should be denied communion as it *IS* Church teaching that homosexuality is a sin. If you disagree so fundamentally with the teachings of the RCC, why are you trying to participate in the Eucharist? The priest did the right thing in blessing them but denying them the sacrament as he affirmed their presence there but stood up for his convictions and the convictions of the Church.
On the flip side, the laypeople in Minnesota went too far as it the priest’s decision and not theirs as to who receives the Body and Blood. Kneeling in front of people and preventing them from participating diminishes the authority of the priest.
My jen@peacefulwaters account is getting spammed like there’s no tomorrow and I haven’t found a spam filter to get rid of it. Thus, I’m discontinuing its use for right now and switching to another one:
daughterofeve @ peacefulwaters
If you click on the “Email Me” link, you’ll see a form to use to email me. Use that. Please make the change in all your address books. Thanks!
При наступлении дня Пятидесятницы все они были единодушно вместе. Ja tuli yhtäkkiä humaus taivaasta, niinkuin olisi käynyt väkevä tuulispää, ja täytti koko huoneen, jossa he istuivat. És megjelentek elõttük kettõs tüzes nyelvek és üle mindenikre azok közül. Da blev de alle fylt med den Hellige Ånd, og de begynte å tale med andre tunger, alt efter som Ånden gav dem å tale. Y había judíos que moraban en Jerusalén, hombres piadosos, procedentes de todas las naciones bajo el cielo. Pa kad nasta ona huka, strča se mno¨tvo i smetÄe jer ih je svatko čuo govoriti svojim jezikom. Walistaajabu na kushangaa, wakisema, “Je, hawa wote tunaowasikia wakisema hivi, si wenyeji wa Galilaya? En hoe horen wij hen een iegelijk in onze eigen taal, in welke wij geboren zijn? فرتيون وماديون وعيلاميون والساكنون ما بين النهرين واليهودية وكبدوكية وبنتس واسيا ai andai le Phrigia, ai Pamphilia, andai Egypt, ai uni thana andai Libya pashai Cyrene, ai kodola kai avile andai e Roma, Hantongo’ -ta to Yahudi, pai’ ria wo’o tau ntani’ -na to mesua’ -mi hi agama Yahudi. Ria to tumai ngkai tana’ Kreta pai’ tana’ Arab. Hawe’ea-ta himpau mpo’epe-ra mololita hi rala basa-ta moto, mpololita kajadia’ bohe to nababehi Alata’ala.” εξισταντο δε παντες και διηπορουν αλλος προς αλλον λεγοντες τι αν θελοι τουτο ειναι Kurse të tjerë i përqeshnin dhe thonin: ”Janë plot me verë të ëmbël!”
(Thanks to The Unbound Bible for the various translations.)
CNN.Com: Army finds Tillman probably killed by friendly fire
He becomes this patriotic icon for giving up millions of dollars to be a soldier after 9/11 and gets killed in action fighting the infidels. Isn’t it just a perfect example of poetic justice to find out that it was friendly fire?
If only the other soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan got as much publicity over their deaths as he did!
I am starting the process to re-apply for candidacy in the ELCA. I’m taking it easy this time and writing my essay slowly and choosing my words carefully. As I am in this process, I would like to ask that people keep me in prayer. I didn’t ask for prayer last time and I think it would have made a difference.
Here are my specific requests:
-Pray for me as I write my essay to express myself and my call in a way that communicates that it isn’t about what I want, but about what God has called me to do
-Pray for me in the process as I deal with interviews and psych testing
-Pray for a job for me in the meantime
If anyone wants to proofread my essay, also let me know.
Darkness: Two of our young adults were mobilized to leave for the Middle East this fall. I sing with their father on the worship team and I know that they will be thoroughly encassed in prayer during their time in Iraq, regardless of whether or not people support the war.
Light: Draft Registration. My friend Noe posted the link in her Livejournal while I was in California and my in-laws and I were falling out of our chairs laughing as we filled out the draft registration.
The good parts of the trip:
-cheap tickets on Frontier and Southwest
-hanging out at the Mall of America on the night we spent near the airport in MSP before flying out
-the pool and spa at the airport in MSP
-the Lake Wobegon USA store at the Mall of America — a dangerous place for me to know about
-seeing my family again
-seeing Jon’s family again
-being back in San Jose for the first time since Christmas 2002
-coffee with Abra and tea with Mrs. Griffin (neighbor who shared the Gospel with me)
-sushi on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-having a $tarbuck$ in Claremont and San Jose (it’s nice to have a frappucino on occasion)
-Joanna (my sister-in-law) graduating from Pitzer
-Bernadine Dorn speaking at the graduation (ex-Weathermen member and currently a child law professor at Northwestern)
-the 12 cream puffs I had at the President’s reception the day before the graduation
-meeting Alyssa (in-law’s new cat) and Homer and Jethro (my mom’s new hooligans)
-seeing my mother’s resplendent Maine Coon sissy cat again (who happens to like me)
-watching Secondhand Lions with my parents
-reading the Harry Potter books at my parents’ house with Jethro snuggled in my arms
-seeing my dad’s best friend and his wife again (we stayed with them in Las Vegas)
-the rainbows in Utah
-the beautiful scenery in the West (which was very green as it’s spring)
-the NEW CAR (’92 Volvo 740 wagon)
-a decent bathroom in our hotel room in Omaha
-seeing my cats when I got home
The bad parts of the trip:
-running from one end of DIA to the other to make our connection without being able to stop in the bathroom because we couldn’t find our gate
-the sinus infection/bronchitis I’ve been fighting for two weeks (
will be seeing my PA about that tomorrow saw my spiffy cool PA who gave me drugs — all is right with the world)
-the idiotic drunken frat boys on our flight from Ontario to SJC
-finding out that my parents’ cat Mouse went out two weeks ago and never returned (translation: he went off by himself somewhere to die)
-having to say good-bye to my parents at SJC on Friday
-having to say good-bye to my in-laws in Claremont on Friday
-the highway system in Las Vegas
-the drivers in Las Vegas
-the casino where we ate (the buffet was great but we had to walk around the casino floor to get there — lots of noise, smoke, and hypnotized people gambling away their grocery money)
-the street numbers in Salt Lake City (it’s made to confuse non-Mormons)
-the fact that they were doing roadwork on every highway in SLC in the direction that we were headed
-the Moonie who accosted us at the Applebee’s in Cheyenne
-the idiots trying to road-race me on I-80 going through central Nebraska
-gas prices (insert “nasty comment about Dubya being linked to the oil companies” here)
-the shower stall-sized bathrooms in our motels in MSP, SLC, and Cheyenne
-not being able to find Finian when we got home (he was hiding under the curtains)
-the realization of how far I really am from where I grew up and the disorientation I felt on the road after being “home” but being away from where I live (more on this later)