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May you have a good appetite.

October 28, 2010

Chris and I made an impromptu stop in the ‘burg’s Chinatown for lunch the other day.  That was my “fortune.”

I really don’t think it should count. It’s more a wish for a good meal….Eat up! Tuck in! Enjoy your Szechuan String Beans!

But it reminded me of one of my favorite St. Paul quotes: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philipians 4:8)

Bon appetit!

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“When three’s a crowd, adding one will thin it out.”

October 16, 2010

That was my fortune following an enjoyable lunch at Ping’s yesterday with Chris, Caryl and Lori.

I’ve been thinking about the upcoming elections, trying to become energized to participate in our great experiment in democracy, and this fortune reminds me of why it is important to vote.  The balance of power in our government – executive, judicial, legislative – only works when you add a fourth – the people.

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. ~ John Stuart Mill

At First, I Thought it was You

October 4, 2010

…but it was me, all along.

There were two mirrors in the room where my Thursday morning tai chi class was held last week. No matter where I looked, there I was. But I never watch myself in the mirror when doing tai chi because it feels like I am fighting against myself – (and then there are those spacial and body image issues that we can explore another time )– but then I thought, whenever we are fighting, aren’t we fighting ourselves? Even on a global stage, aren’t we  fighting our inability or unwillingness to see something from someone else’s point of view?

Are there things worth fighting for? Mothe and I had a good-natured discussion on this during our regularly scheduled Saturday morning phone call. We have been having a lot of “good-natured discussions” lately.  I think my mom suspects that chemo-brain has turned me into a wild liberal. She might be right. But, although I continue to avoid national and international news, I have been thinking about war and peace a lot lately, and wondering what we are called to do when we see injustice in this world.

Are we required to fight to preserve our way of life, to protect innocent lives elsewhere?  Sarah has said that she thinks that Augustine and Aquinas were just crafty enough to develop a “just war theory” that in effect says that there is no such thing as a just war.  Huh!

But maybe, rather than fighting to get across our point of view, we are called to radically live out our beliefs, and let them stand on their own merits. What would it look like if we were to love God with our whole hearts, our whole minds and our whole selves and  our neighbors as ourselves? What would it look like if all of us who believe in the dignity and preciousness of human life were to do all that we could to create “a world where we can dedicate our resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction” (Benazir Bhutto), “a world where human life is always loved and defended and every form of violence banished” (John Paul II)?

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”  ~Edmund Hillary