There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
‹George Washington›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
27May
2012
Sun
18:14
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Pentecost

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Pentecost B 2012 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

Welcome to Pentecost, the Feast of Booths, the Church’s birthday, the day appointed by the Christ when He said to His 11, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) It was on that first Pentecost, when Jews from all over the world were gathered in Jerusalem for the feast, and Jesus’ disciples—His apostles—were gathered together in once place, probably that same upper room from Maundy Thursday, and as Jesus had told them would happen,

[S]uddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2-4)
6May
2012
Sun
17:02
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Fifth Sunday after Easter

John 15:1-8

Wordle Easter 5B 2012
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

She goes off to a solitary place and lets out a blood-curdling scream. He goes off to the range and empties a handgun’s clip in no time flat into the paper target. She kicks her husband and the kids out of the house and sets herself to making the kitchen and dining room spic and span. He goes out to his shop and makes 15 bird houses out of every last bit of scrap wood he has. They go to the studio where she throws some clay on a wheel and makes a vase, while he throws paint on a canvas and calls it art. These are but a few of the ways people find to vent—both destructively and productively. Venting is very cathartic.