Monday, March 22, 2010

Quotable Quote

When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights,let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. 
Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. 
- Martin Luther King Jr

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Breast-Plate Prayer of St. Patrick

 I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever,
By power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan River;
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spic├Ęd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the Cherubim;
The sweet 'Well done' in judgment hour;
The service of the Seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death-wound and the burning
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Falling Whistles Interns

Today a couple of us had the opportunity to have lunch with some remarkable young women traveling from L.A. to OKC via ABQ. They are interns at a non-profit called "Falling Whistles" and are on their way to join other groups from around the country to support the activists staked out in front of Senator Coburn’s office.

"Senator Coburn has put a block on the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. The bill authorizes $40 million to post-conflict recovery efforts in Northern Uganda and directs President Obama to come up with a peace and recovery plan for war-ravaged Northern Uganda.

The number count varies, but people from all over the country are gathered in OKC, sleeping outside in the freezing cold to request a meeting with the Senator to state their case."

These young women, ranging in age from 18-23 have a great energy and passion about them and it was exciting to get a chance to get to know them. One of them is a kid I've known and loved her entire life, and I could not be prouder to see her spending her time this way!!

Please pray for the 7 of them as they travel 1400 miles in a van, then sleep outside for the next 3 nights in an effort to bring more awareness to what is happening to children in Congo and Uganda.

You can learn more about what's going on here:
Falling Whistles

Quotable Quotes

“I dont believe in charity.
I believe in solidarity.
Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating.
It goes from the top to the bottom.
Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other.
I have a lot to learn from other people.”

-Eduardo Galeano.

ht: Falling Whistles