I wrote these words on this date 10 years ago at the village of Knock, Mayo, Ireland. I’m unsure 120 months later what moved me to make the assertion, but I hold it true still:
I say to you. Never more do anything because you are told it must be done. Even if the teller be one whom you rightly esteem. Even if the deed be steeped in venerable tradition. Do anything you do (and say all you say) because consideration, prayer, and the depths of conscience have convinced you this is right to do or to say. To act for any lesser reason is to be less than fully true to the child of God you are, and to the God whose child you are. Word.
My Mom, standing by Galway Bay at Salthill 10 years ago at dawn this morning. I’ve been glad since that I took this photo. I can see her strength, determination, and joy in beginning the new day. Suaimhneas síoraí mo mháthair daor.
The Public Good
Arizona has chosen its first Democratic Governor since 2006, defeating an election-denier of smooth tongue. This news is welcome on the morning of the day a certain Florida resident (not the last?) apparently intends to announce for the presidency, reportedly over the objections of many advisors. One thing you have to say about him: he’s consistent.
On the brink?
Missiles identified as made in Russia fell on Nato-member Poland today as Russia retaliated the Ukrainian celebration at the liberation of the city of Kherson.
Depending on ongoing investigation and Nato meetings on these events to take place tomorrow, this could be a moment of dangerous escalation in the conflict.
This can happen because humanity has never come to effective terms with the nature of violence and the terror of war.
As disciples of Christ, let us pray tonight.
Let us pray.
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among
them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
~ the Book of Common Prayer