Sunday, November 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent

In medieval England, November First marked the beginning of the Christmas (or at least Christmas preparation) season. Who knew the contemporary U.S. took a leaf from the Middle Age's book in any way? Traditionally, though, the western Christian churches mark the four weeks leading up to December Twenty-fifth as Advent, a time of special reflection and preparation for the coming of the Christ Child

This Advent, we have more than usual reason to search our hearts and do our best to be the good we want to see in the world. Whether we are Christian or not, let's take the coming weeks to reflect and gather our strength to embrace the Light and be ready to spread it, standing in solidarity and love with those all around the world who are fighting evil and darkness with peace and nonviolence.

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First Sunday of Advent (The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales)

21 comments:

  1. Courageous water defenders and those who stand with them are first. I'm sorry to say, Pres. Obama is last. A commentator I read said his failure to act in this matter will tarnish his legacy. It already has done in my m mind. Pity. I had come to admire him.

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    1. I wouldn't want or expect President Obama dictate the outcome of the dispute, but he certainly has means to hand of defusing the situation. Based on his actions as a senator I figured he would be more of a go-along-to-get-along fellow that I should prefer in the Oval Office.

      Alan

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  2. I especially appreciate that second paragraph out front, Cat. 🕯 Thanks.

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    1. I hope you won't mind that I borrowed your paragraph (properly credited, of course) to embellish my current Profile pic on FB. Perfect timing, Cat! 🕯

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    2. Not at all. I'm honored.

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  3. A YouTube video of RFK Jr. discussing in detail what Standing Rock are up against and what they are asking.

    Robert Kennedy Jr, "Trump Has A $2 Million Stake in the Dakota Pipeline"
    - Click

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  4. There was an article attributed to the NYT in this morning's newspaper explaining what the HRC campaign means by "joining" the recount effort. They will not contribute any money (I suppose they won't sponsor any taco trucks either, but that wasn't explicitly ruled out); but they will send some of their lawyers around to (at least some of) the recount venues to see that things are done right. That's kind of like me saying I will participate in a football game by sitting in the bleachers, as far as I can see. Or might we denigrate them as peanut gallery participants?

    --Alan

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  5. ‘A recipe for scandal’: Trump conflicts of interest point to constitutional crisis [Click] "Experts say president-elect does not understand the law and must sell businesses to avoid electoral college disaster. He seems loath to do so."

    --Alan

    P.S.: The recount funding updater doesn't seem to be moving much if at all. I wonder if contributions have stalled, or there is a computer problem. Well, we will see. Maybe I will send them a small amount more as a nest egg.

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    1. Trump *can't* sell his businesses. And I mean it is literally impossible to complete any such sale in a matter of weeks or months.The usual solution in such situations is to put everything into a "blind trust," run by an independent group that tells the officeholder nothing about what is going on. But because Trump's holdings are mostly real estate rather than stocks, he would still pretty much know where they are located.
      Trump has said he will turn over business operations to his children. That does save him having to make day-to-day business decisions and thus frees up time to concentrate on the presidency, but it does nothing to solve the conflict of interest problem.

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  6. Look closer: What a background can reveal. [Click] A gently reminding think piece for the morning.

    --Alan

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    1. Touching and thought provoking. Thanks, Alan.

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  8. There's a little girl up in Michigan, twelve or thirteen years old, named Autumn Peltier(sp?) who wants everyone to flash mob and block major highways from noon to 1:00 EST on December Fifth in solidarity with Standing Rock and other water-related actions and problems.

    Just putting the idear out there for folks to consider. Personally, I don't hold with blocking roads. People or animals might die by being delayed for an hour from reaching the hospital, and not all motorists have heat in their cars. So, this is not an action I favor or will publicize on FB. But I thought you guys might not hear about it otherwise

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    1. I agree with you, Cat. There are safer places to do flash mobs, and needlessly angering people doesn't help anything - and could hurt.

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    2. As the lady said ( I didn't catch her name), it is important to listen to youth and make sure they feel included, but thirteen-year-olds don't usually have the best ideas. I really feel that promoting this one is irresponsible. At the same time, if I say so I'll probably draw a lot of flak.

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  9. The fund for Vanessa, the lady with the serious eye injury currently stands at

    $64,570 of $200k goal
    Raised by 2,110 people in 4 days

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    1. I am of the opinion that he is frankly psychotic.

      Alan

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