Saturday, December 15, 2018

Santa 2018



Ho! Ho! Ho!

Pax et bonum

Santa's Dilemma


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Santa’s dilemma:
Follow his doctor’s orders,
Or eat those cookies.

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Beto leads a Presidential poll?


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According to a recent poll, Beto O'Rourke is the leading contender for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination in 2020. Who knows if he will even be on the radar a year from now?

But maybe he just might play to that party's base ...

Pax et bonum

Monday, December 10, 2018

St. Francis at Greccio

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With ox and ass and manger and hay
St. Francis recalled that holy day.
And before that Greccio scene was done
The Father again provided his Son.




Pax et bonum

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Robert F. Kennedy - Day of Affirmation Speech [A Tiny Ripple of Hope]








He was one of the heroes of my youth. His campaign for President in 1968 was the first political campaign in which I took an interest - and his shooting the day after my 13th birthday is the moment I mark as the end of my childhood.




Pax et bonum

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ancestry led me astray!


Four years ago I did one of those Ancestry DNA tests.

The results that came back were:

Ireland - 56 %
Scandinavia - 16 %
Great Britain - 10 %
Iberian Peninsula - 8 %
Western Europe - 5 %
A few odd traces - 3 %

Then Irish was no surprise - but the Scandinavian (which I described as "Viking") and the Iberian (Hispanic) were. I was pleased. It was kind of neat being a Viking and partly Hispanic.

But today I received an unexpected (and unasked-for) e-mail from Ancestry announcing that they had refined and updated my results.

Ireland is now Ireland/Scotland/Wales, and that increased slightly to 58 %.
Scandinavia is now Sweden, and dropped to just 4 %.
Great Britain suddenly jumped from 10 % to 36 %.
Iberian Peninsula went from 8 % to 0.
Western Europe is now Germanic Europe, and dropped from 5 % to 2 %.
The odd traces are no longer  there.

No longer Hispanic. And Viking is still there, but at a much reduced level.

Bummer. I liked the odd mix of the first results.

And how could something jump from 10 % to 36 %?? How could one listing that was 8 % simply disappear?

Moreover, this sudden change has me wondering how accurate this new one is. Will I get another e-mail down the road with radically different results? Will I suddenly find out I'm part Bulgarian? Or Swiss? Or Sardinian?

I need a glass of sack.

But maybe I'll just settle for some mead. Or a stout.

Pax et bonum

Friday, November 23, 2018

Franciscans are called to obedience


"Obedience is not merely a necessity of organization. It possesses two grace-full purposes. First, obedience provides a means of self-denial and self-giving. Poverty strives for freedom from greed. Chastity seeks perfect reasonableness in the sacred area of sex. Obedience seeks freedom from all stubbornness, selfishness, self-centeredness. Obedience calls one to exercise self-discipline, to cooperate and obey according to the Rule and Constitutions. This effort will have one great result: release from self-seeking and pride." (p. 85) - To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide For Secular Franciscans (The Path of Franciscan Spirituality) by Leonard Foley O.F.M., Jovian Weigel O.F.M., and Patti Normile OFS

Pax et bonum