February 15, 2013

7 Quickish Takes



Ran giddily around the running track for a half-hour, which Larry Czonka'd me, i.e. zonked me. Didn't think it would take me out like that. Maybe I ran faster than usual due to remembering that Sunday spent out on the balcony reading ocean and book.

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Went to "amateur night" mass Wednesday where the crowds are thick with ash-lovers. Touched by the priest telling me, personally, those familiar words: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” A chilling prophecy, to the extent one can call a certainty a prophecy.

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Was riveted by news reports of the poor Carnival Triumph, the boat that docked next to us in Cozumel on Saturday. What a miasma of misery! Apparently it's hot on board with little food or working bathroom facilities, any one of those conditions would be unpleasant let alone all three. There are folks eating onion and pickle sandwiches, sleeping on the deck, and dodging fecal matter in the hallways. Hits awfully close to home given the timing of our own cruise. As great and fabulous as our cruise was it's a wake-up call to how fragile the whole thing is, how easily the gossamer surface can become a “shanty town”.

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Odd to be in “sensual mode” on a boat full of nearly naked people and then come home to Lent.

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Kind of interesting to read the Catechism today and see a reference to St. Paul in Romans 10 saying, to paraphrase, “who will they hear without someone preaching to them?” and I thought how that was interesting given that he “heard” without anyone preaching to him, unless you count the direct encounter with Christ. But then he did say he became an apostle "abnormally" given that encounter.

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Kudos to our Spiritual Life Committee for mailing out Fr. Barron's Lenten meditations this year, a breath of fresh orthodox air after the usual liberal Catholic/conservative Protestant offering.

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Counting calories seem to work, at least so far. We do tend to observe more closely that which we measure.

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