It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.
‹Thomas Paine›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
29Aug
2010
Sun
23:57
author: Stingray
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Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-29, Revelation 6:9-11

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Even in death, he prepares the way. This cousin of Jesus who was sent to prepare the way for the Lord, to make straight paths for him, to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near, was put to death and beheaded by Herod. Now, Jesus is making waves where John once was, and accounts of Him are spreading to Herod. Jesus is doing what John had prepared the way for, so Herod thinks that Jesus is John back from the dead.

23Aug
2010
Mon
21:40
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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I'm a Smoker

a good habit, actually

This is good, "clean" cooking I'm talking about. Up to today, I've only smoked pork products—should roasts (Butt or Picnic) and Baby Back Ribs. Up to today, I've only smoked using hickory wood. Today, I tried something different.

22Aug
2010
Sun
18:15
author: Stingray
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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 13:22-30

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"Lord, are there few who are saved?" It's a valid question, but also a question that has led to heresy and false teaching. And, as with just about every heresy, no matter how well-intentioned, the heresies' answers try to apply logic to faith.

15Aug
2010
Sun
23:17
author: Stingray
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St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Luke 1:39-55, Galatians 4:4-7

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

He looks just like His mother...

10Aug
2010
Tue
14:32
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Got Something to Send Us?

might be best to avoid usps

I hate to say it, but if the prices are reasonable by comparison with the USPS, use FedEx or UPS to send us stuff. The post office here is just too much of a hassle.

8Aug
2010
Sun
22:05
author: Stingray
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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:22-40; Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-16

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A cursory reading of today's lessons reveal that they are about faith. There is a theme of taking God solely at His word, of full reliance and trust in God simply because He says a thing is so. So, let us dive into them further.

2Aug
2010
Mon
14:22
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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My Aversion to Bumper Stickers

put on hold, just this once

Anyone who knows me knows I don't like bumper stickers. One of the main reasons is because they stay with the car or are unusable if they don't; so, if you trade in your car, you either leave the bumper sticker on there or you take it off and render it useless. Another reason is because most people never stop at one; you'll see the back of many cars with myriad bumper stickers advocating a political party (and all its candidates), proudly proclaiming that the 4 children inside are honor students at their respective schools, or God knows how many preaching tolerance and coexistence. Blech!