Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
journey in Europe
(because I haven't seen any falcons)
ENTRY 1614 | FRIDAY,
I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those
at Laodicea, and for all who have not seen my face, that their
hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love,
to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge
of God's mystery, of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may
delude you with beguiling speech. For though I am absent in
body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good
order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. As therefore
you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and
built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were
taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
letter to the Colossians, chapter 2:1-7 ,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in the Republic of Malta
Above is a
photo taken Wednesday in the St. Paul's grotto in Rabat, believed
to have been the underground dwelling in which St. Paul, a prisoner
on his way to Rome to plead his case before Caesar's court (as a Roman
citizen, this was a right he chose to exercise rather than to allow
the Jerusalem Jewish leaders to try him). The grotto is so close-quarters
that it can't be all taken in in one photo, and though the statue
is out of place in terms of historical interest, the grotto is a place
of worship. I chose this photo because despite the statue, it shows
the type of quarters a Roman prisoner was held in. After his arrival
in Rome, Paul had a period of "house arrest" in which he
was bound to his quarters but not chained or confined to a cell, so
it's assumed his situation here was similar. During this period, according
to the local church's tradition, Paul established Malta's first Christian
congregation. Below is a photo of the church that has been built over
the grotto, seen from the piazza or village center of Rabat..
Below is a
look at the St. Paul's Catacombs, adjacent to the grotto. The underground
burial tunnels were discovered when archaeological exploration of
the historic site was conducted in the middle ages.
I continued my quest for the mysterious gorge with the cliff caves
and elaborate buildings in several places (discussed here a few blogs
back) by visiting Malta's only National Park. That was not the site
of the gorge, nor was it anything nearly as worth seeing. The park,
directly across the highway from the United States Embassy, seems
to be displaying all the variety of tree species grown in Malta, along
with being the home of the national stadium, and little else. The
quest for the missing gorge will have to be taken up anon.
work on this part of the blogs on the patio in front of the MUR combination
restaurant/mini-mart/bar, because I find being in the midst of noisy
students is just the right amount of distraction to keep me going
and focused. But tonight a Halloween party is about to get underway
on the patio and the facilities behind it, and that's a little too
much distraction. In fact, I can hear the thump thump of the music
bassline in my closed room, so it must be about twice the normal decibel
that the students chose to have their MUR party a day before actual
Halloween because that's a Friday night and, as in most university
cities, there's a special section of the city that draws the disco
generation on Friday and Saturday nights, and that's likely where
the real Halloween partying will take place, tomorrow. My take
is that Maltans are not much into Halloween, though the toy and stationery
stores try to make a few Euros from it, but this is the international
crowdthe "any reason for a party" generation and the
dating generationso they're more into it. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
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World Report: Are we losing the apologetics war with Islam?
Kilpatrick in Crisis: What would a reformed Islam look like?
in the age of evolution: the pillars remain unshaken by science
a person, not a problem
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meme (in Halloween colors) speaks for itself.
have to wonder whether he actually said
that (or posed for that picture). «
In our days,
everybody suffers from one of three things: cancer, mental illness,
Paisios of Mount Athos
(Quoted on Fb by Hiermonk John Anderson) «
doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose
love of truth exceeded their love of power.
thought: Paul cautions the Colossians in today's epistle
passage that it is possible to be beguiled or misled by persuasive
speech from the mouths of seeming trustworthy, believable
speakers. Don't believe anything contrary to what I've told
you, he warns. «
on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are
blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if
some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «
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