Tuesday, January 11, 2022

So here we are, the second full week of the new year and what do we have?  All the stuff we thought we’d left behind in 2021.  I don’t know about you, but I am so incredibly frustrated that this new year did not bring new concern, new worries, new things to talk about, write about.  It’s just the same old, same old.

Honestly now, what has changed?  Not much.  We’re still worried about Covid – just a different brand.  We’re still (hopefully) not buying items made in China –you know, the shirts and other consumer items.  We’re still asking ourselves when this pandemic talk will stop.

Even though we’re not even into halfway in the winter, we’re wanting spring to come, for the numbers of infected with the virus to drop, and to feel safe again.  During this time of impatience, we must wonder how our parents made it through a time of war. Perhaps because there was a sense of purpose then, which seems to be lacking now.

Prayer for the Day


Floundering about, we strive to find direction in our lives,
   And we do not know where to turn, O God;
Lacking purpose, we struggle to make sense of our lives,
    For so much seems without meaning, O Lord.
Help us to center our minds and hearts in you, Holy One,
    For you are the only One who can rescue us.
In the name of him who points the way,
    Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.


Thoughts for the Day
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
        - Fyodor Dostoevsky, from The Brothers Karamazov (1821-1881)


When you touch the pain of the world as real, there is a solidarity, an engagement with the Gospel, a living faith that blossoms forth.
         - Sister Simone Campbell, organizer of Nuns on the Bus


Tell us he former things, what they are, so we may consider them,
   And that we may know their outcome, or declare to us the things to come.
    Isaiah 41: 22