Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.
--Ephesians 4: 29
From seminarian Tim Smith:
"Hey just biked 50 miles in the beauty of SouthEast Minnesota rolling hills and did a Holy Hour at this Amazing Shrine.
On the Way Home I Started Jamming to this sweet song. Know of My prayers."
From Ron Wall of Calgary, Alberta who is preparing to move with his wife Diane and possibly his son Austin to St. Louis, MO: the visas just came through.
Introducing Huke Green.
From correspondent Kevin Funnell:
From Bernadette Murphy: a blog called Little Seal by Emily Rapp about Emily's and her husband's 18-month-old son Ronan who's dying from Tay-Sachs disease. Reflections on culture, death, philosophy, theology, occasional stabs of joy, and the unhelpful things people sometimes say when your kid is sick.
EFFIE STREET, LOS ANGELES
Lovely. As a 3rd generation Finn who grew up with stories of great uncles who died during the Winter War, I thank you. It's all about "sisu."
"Sisu" is a word that most consider difficult to translate but I heard it a lot growing up in regard to that Winter War when the Russians attacked Finland. It generally means "never give up.... stick to it..... bold determination....perseverance in the face of adversity...." but as it says on my t-shirt (acquired in Astoria, OR, a great destination for many immigrating Finns) -- "SISU -- It's a Finn Thing." Of course, in more commonplace terms, I also heard it when I was in high school, struggling with algebra, and ready to give up in disgust.
Here's a link to a Time article in 1940: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,763161,00.html
In college, my cultural anthropology professor claimed that sisu arose from Finland’s history and it's geographical location. Surrounded by bigger neighbors who tended toward bullying behaviors, Finns needed that certain "je ne sais quoi" to cope. She was also the person who informed me that linguistically Finland is the only northern European country with a language all its own -- it's an agglutinating tongue and does not have Germanic roots.
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LUCILE AVENUE, LOS ANGELES
A link to an article in The American Catholic re the surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945.
From the speech of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on that day:
Men since the beginning of time have sought peace…. Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural development of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.
Take away the uniforms, the show weapons, the top hats, the white gloves, the historic pens, and the flags and you have two battle-weary human beings who probably just wanted to sit down, shoot the breeze, and eat a meal together.
From poet Rita A. Simmonds:
These sealed sunflowers
stand to the sermon of the sun,
attentive they lean,
silent as seed.
are the poor,
This earth will be theirs;
their eyes will see.
their heads still green.
for the sun
on faces unseen.
VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1888