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Friday, January 18 2002

Last words on words

It's ironic that this last week before our anniversary of daily publishing on Monday has been the most difficult week of all, through the failings of our Internet service provider, MSN. It seems that for a few days every month MSN gets squirreley, meaning it doesn't work or works poorly or one of the features is injured. This time it was the email at first, and then for two days it was connectivity entirely. Both my son Mike and I, who have separate phone lines but on the same exchange, and two separate MSN accounts, had the same problems.

At any rate, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. That's a logismos of its own. The problems with MSN and the accompanying depression about this have made me fail to get a Jonal entry done for Friday. Monday's the anniversary of this feature, but that's Judy Rose's turn to shine here, so this is my last opportunity to mark it. But rather than deliver a last shot on logismoi I'll take the easy way and say a few words about the changes on the front page, and I'll use a lengthy quote from Abbott Maximos (introduced earlier this week) about the logismoi in our inspiration corner for today.

Tweaking, always tweaking. I've been fiddling with the popup menus during my downtime this week, and am still pleased with this enhancement of the front page. Yesterday (just before MSN became inaccessible entirely for the rest of the night and all day Thursday) I added a whole new category on the menus, "Courtesy Links." They make it easy to access George Warholic's rich lode of Blacklick Valley information, the County Transit home page, the Tribune-Democrat, WJAC and Nanty Glo Journal, Ebensburg, and Colver pages. And today we've added an education popup that links to the Blacklick Valley district, high school, and elementary pages; Bishop Carroll; UPJ, CCCC, St. Francis, IUP and Penn State.

As always, the pages are for your use. Let me know if anything doesn't work well, or could be improved, or look better. I may not agree, but I'll learn something from anything you can share. And let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see here.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

More reasons to be thankful (think logismoi)

Don't cry because it's over: smile because it happened.

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors...but they all have to learn to live in the same box.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

A young monk had intense sexual temptation and rushed to his elder for confession. "Father," he told him, "I am plagued by the logismoi of debauchery and I don't know what to do."

The elder was a man of God but lacked experience. He had no understanding of what it means to be under the influence of intense sexual temptations. He reprimanded the young monk, telling him that having such logismoi went contrary to his monastic vows. Despondent, the monk decided to give up monasticism. He thought himself unworthy and left.

On his way to the city, he encountered another elder, a wise elder who was also spiritually gifted. Through clairvoyance, this elder realized immediately what had happened. "Where are you going, brother," he asked casually.

The young monk related the incident that made him decide to give up his monastic life after being a monk for eight years. The elder's response was comforting. "I have been a monk for seventy years and I still suffer from such logismoi, Go back to your hermitage, my son, and God will help you. I will pray for you."

The young monk returned to his monastery and was freed from the warfare of the logismoi. But that elder did something in addition. He looked up, raised his hands, and prayed: "Please, God, redirect these temptations toward the elder of this young monk."

The logismoi of sexual lust left the disciple and went straight into the mind of his elder. Soon after, the wise elder saw the inexperienced elder rushing off on his way to the city. "Where are you going, Father?" he asked in an innocuous-sounding tone.

"Oh, don't ask me, don't ask me," the other replied. "I am leaving for the city. I am pestered with sexuqal temptations. They are suffocating me. I am not worthy of being a monk."

"Go back to your hermitage, Father," the other replied. "It is God who sent you these logismoi so that you may grow in humility and not say things to young monks that could lead them to despair."

—Abbott Maximos, contemporary, Panagia Monastery, Cypress
Cited by Kyriacos C. Markides in The Mountain of Silence

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