Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
journey in Europe
(because I haven't seen any falcons)
ENTRY 1608 | SATURDAY,
. . . we do not want you to be ignorant of the affliction we
experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed
that we despaired of life itself, Why, we felt that we had received
the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves
but on God who raises the dead; he delivered us from so deadly
a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope
that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer,
so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing
granted us in answer to many prayers.
second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 1:8-11,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in the Republic of Malta
huge bell above (it is also seen in the new logo atop this page) is
rung every noonday in Valletta as a memorial to the seige of Malta
in World War II. A crown colony of Great Britain at the time, and
the nearest neighbor to Mussolini-ruled Italy, Malta became a staging
ground for some of the most ferocious encounters in the war.
To my surprise
I was able to get a whole blog done yesterday in the shopping mall,
which has inspired me to redouble my effort now that I've found a
reliable place to work online. I'm experimenting with getting the
"boilerplate" items in place the evening before. "Boilerplate"
is an oldtime newspaper term for items the newspapers always had at
hand to throw in a space that was leftover in a page, or to promote
a cause dear to the heart of the publisher and/or editor. In this
case, I can work ahead on such "boilerplate" as the "life-in"
photo, the worldview meme, the chuckle and quote.
several people that Malta is the closest I've ever been to the "Holy
Land." It's literally true, in miles, but more important in my
view than the physical distance is the similarity of this land to
the "look and feel" of Israel and environs as seen in pictures.
This is a desert land, with views out to the sea from high points
at turns everywhere; the buildings appear to be made primarily from
hewn sandstone; they have flat roofs like the ones in your Sunday
school pictures of houses in Israel in your childhood.
But in addition
to the "Holy Land" resonance, it also resounds with old
Europe in ways I've never experienced for more than a few days at
a time (well, with the exception of Belfast, which is not quite "old
Europe"). Streets with names like "Main Street" (in
translation) not 10 minutes' walk from from where I'm living, could
be streets in Rome, or Paris, or Vienna, so narrow there's room for
a sidewalk on only one side, and that sidewalk not wide enough for
two people to pass without one having to step off the curb.
I rejoice about coming here. It isn't all roses, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime
adventure, with new discoveries around corners everywhere. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
UK woman wishes she had aborted her now-47-year-old son with Downs
a Christian and yet you sin? Here's an Orthodox way of dealing with
nurse who lost daughter to suicide responds to campaign for assisted
it comes to people in poverty, churches say it's not 'just money' «
worldview - practicing nonjudgmentalism
(This department alternates with Writing
element of practicing the nonjudgmentalism that is an essential of
Jesus' teaching, is learning the lesson in today's meme. But comparing
our circumstance, our performance, our attainments whether material
or internal/personaleven spiritual success, as we perceive itare
so utterly "human"so "natural"that
learning to curb that tendency is one of the hardest lessons we are
asked to learn. The social media are rife with memes that miss the
point, some of which even defy the very idea of refraining from comparing
ourselves with others.
Cut them loose,
some of these sayafter, of course, you have carefully judged
them"assessed" them and have concluded they're of
no value in your life at this point
or are a drag on your "speed" or your "style."
Another tack on the same scenario is the "I cried about my lack
of shoes until I met a person with no feet," adage. Nodon't
judge yourself based on the lack or the hardship of any other person,
and certainly not based on what you have that they lack. Judge your
neighbor only as an image-bearer of the Creator, an appropriate target
for compassion, genuine fellow-feeling, and do whatever you can to
alleviate his woe or raise her lot in life, and their outlooks on
is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what
we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Lincoln (1809 - 1865) «
fear nothing, but cast all of your care upon Him, and He will take
care of you. Believe without doubting, and God will help you according
to His mercy.
Barsanuphius the Great «
thought: Paul has three important lessons in today's brief
epistle passage. 1. When you are under a sentence of death
or even if it just feels like that, it should drive us to
the mercies and grace of God. 2.
The God who has helped us in the past is the one who will
help us now and for the future, whatever it holds. 3. Prayer
helps. Your prayer for me helps me, mine for you helps you,
and the prayers of the church bless the world. «
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. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «
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