Friday Five (Vol. 46)

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Quote of the Week:

“People need to be men and women of conviction, dedicated to finding and defending the truth no matter what the consequences.” ~ Helene Asker

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Before using the quote above I was going to write today about my taking a hiatus though the election lest I be tempted to go on a rant or have my mood affected by those who do. I’ve considered that before of course, but it’s impossible for me to keep my mouth shut. Not just about politics or current events, but about life in general. As I recently wrote while blogging about my recent retreat, a Christian man (or woman):

  • Is aware that this life is a great drama.
  • Is able to use all of his talents to overcome the obstacles in front of him through the unification of his strengths.
  • Is able to commit. Instead of being in a constant state of preparation, take action.
  • Once committed, won’t hold back to collect more facts but will take action, spending himself towards the cause.
  • Will be confident in his undertaking. Not pompous. Confident.
  • Will never whine about circumstances or worry about ridicule.

To that end I’ll be sticking around awhile. I’ve discovered a ton of things I wish to touch upon, things that I put off getting back to while I wrote about that retreat.

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I’ll also stick around because of something I found the other day written by Meredith Gould over at Ignatianspirituality.com. It is an excellent reminder for all of us who profess to be Christians especially during this time in history when we at times appear more divided as a nation than ever.

Christ Has No Online Presence but Yours

Christ has no online presence but yours,
No blog, no Facebook page but yours,
Yours are the tweets through which love touches this world,
Yours are the posts through which the Gospel is shared,
Yours are the updates through which hope is revealed.
Christ has no online presence but yours,
No blog, no Facebook page but yours.

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Along those lines:

“For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonored, and yet in their very dishonor are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honor; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.” ~ Epistle of Diognetus, early 2nd century

The early 2nd century! There are some good lessons and reminders here from Diognetus if we take a look.

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Sorry for the lateness, and the brevity (though some of you are grateful I imagine!). We’re a little over one week into the Year of Faith and I’m right on track with my reading plan and other activities. And I’ve an inbox full of ideas, snippets and such that I plan to share with y’all. So yes, I’ll be around as soon as I recover from the recent weeks of heavier than usual blogging. In the meantime please remember to pray for your families, friends and loved ones; for me, your humble blogger; and for this great country of ours.

Stay frosty.

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