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Monday, February 26 2001


Apparently, I failed to mail Sunday's entry on Saturday night, which would explain the lack of input on what the next topic should be (as requested there), so I'll defer starting a new topic today (Monday), to give you a chance to put in any dibs you might want to share. Again, my apologies for Saturday night's forgetfulness. I was working on the site on Saturday night and did more changes to it than in a long time. In lieu of a new ongoing topic, I'll say something about the most important of those changes in today's space.

The index for these Jonal pages has been beefed up in preparation for our third month of publication starting later this week. Now, when you click "January" or "February" on the index column (or on "March" a little later) you'll see a calendar for all the days in the respective month on which new entries were published (or on which publication is planned). Hover your cursor over any date and you'll see the topic discussed on that date (for example, "roller skating," "music"). That should help, a lot, in following the threads or catching up (for newcomers), or reviewing them to share with others. Click the month again and the index collapses back to its original configuration. It was tricky to make work and I'm pleased to have learned a lot in getting to this point.

I also created the latest letter page, for Tim McCullough's letter and the page displaying two photos from 1957 and c. 1962.

So I'll repeat yesterday's request: do you have a preference for a next topic? Click here for more details.

Another request.... Today is the first day of the lenton fast in the Eastern church, and Wednesday is the beginning of lent in those Western churches that observe the fast. Starting with today's inspirational section and for the next 39 days plus Holy Week, I hope to use mostly lent-appropriate thoughts, such as prayers, Scripture verses, and sayings having to do with repentance and spiritual growth. I have a short supply of these to begin with, but welcome more from any of you who'd like to send them. Keep an eye out for such material in your church bulletins, in other emails you receive, and other readings, and send them on, please.

As for jokes, I believe I have enough of a backlog to make it through the whole year, and get more every day. However, those of you who are actively following these daily mailings take precedence over other sources, so if you have a "funny" to share, please forward it. In both cases, please send them to me personally rather than to the whole list (there's no point in reprinting it in the Jonal if everyone on the list has already received it!). Use this address.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

The compassionate child

After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, "When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money."

"Well, thank you," the pastor replied, "but why?"

"Because my daddy says you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had."

Sent by Mike Harrison

Lenten homily

The value of fasting consists not in abstinence only from food, but in a relinquishment of sinful practices, since he who limits his fasting only to an abstinence from meat is he who especially disparages it. Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him! If you see a friend enjoying honor, do not envy him. For let not the mouth only fast, but also the eye, and the ear, and the feet, and the hands, and all the members of our bodies. Let the hands fast by being pure from avarice. Let the feet fast by ceasing from running to forbidden spectacles. Let the eyes fast by being taught never to fix themselves rudely upon handsome countenances. For looking is the food of the eyes, but if it be unlawful or forbidden, it mars the fast and overturns the safety of the soul; but if it be lawful and safe, it adorns fasting. For it would be an instance of the highest absurdity to abstain from meats and from unlawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to feed on what is forbidden. Do you not eat flesh? Do not feed on licentiousness by means of the eyes. Let the ear fast also. The fasting of the ear is not to receive evil speaking and calumnies. "You shall not receive an idle report," it says. Let also the mouth fast from foul words. For what does it profit if we abstain from birds and fish, and yet bite and devour our brethren?

St. John Chrysostom, fourth century

Sent by Thomas Ross Valentine
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