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Monday, January 31, 2011

Snowmageddon 2011

Well, I am getting ready to go to school again. This is my 2nd
session of English Composition, I am glad that they haven't cancelled
it tonight because I am taking this three hour class one night a
week and I really don't want to have to try to do that kind of

Hopefully I get home decently well tonight because I am going to have
to get up early in the morning. Yes, we have the potential for snow
moving in over the next 36 hours is a certainty and could be anywhere
from 2 to 8 inches with lots of wind. This will be lots of fun but I
hope we don't have that much snow tomorrow as I do have Theatre class
as well.

Alright, all is well, time to get a few more things done around the
house and hopefully I will get a few of my journal pages typed in and
rearranged into nice pretty blog posts. Working on some on confession
and Mary to fit in with the First Communion class I am teaching on
Wednesday nights.

Matthew S.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflecting on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 2011

Selection from Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 2011-01-24 Mon 08:45    READINGS BIBLE REFLECTION

1st Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 1:10-17

[Portion in brackets, verse 14-17, is not part of the Sunday Mass

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all speak the same thing and that there be no schisms among
you: but that you be perfect in the same mind and in the same
judgment. For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by
them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among
you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of
Paul; and I am of Apollo; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ
divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the
name of Paul? [I give God thanks, that I baptized none of you but
Crispus and Caius: Lest any should say that you were baptized in my
name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanus. Besides, I know
not whether I baptized any other.] For Christ sent me not to baptize,
but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of
Christ should be made void."

Some first thoughts on this reading

The first thing that strikes me is about the divisions in the
Christian Community. All of the protestant communions that keep
dividing and sub-dividing. Not to say people can't have disagreements
about the best way to do certain things but not about others. The
principles of faith and morals aren't negotiable. If you are going to
be Christian and follow Christ he has certain things that are right
and true and that's just the way it is.

Second thought

I like how it is said that Paul is sent to preach and not in wisdom of
speech because that would take away meaning of the cross of Christ.
Speech and logic aren't what makes Christianity meaningful. One of
the things I have learned is that no matter the logic (and it is
present and exists as a consolation for the mind) it doesn't give the
suffer meaning. The cross of Christ that we are called to take up and
carry isn't something we can do based upon logic but in coming to know
Christ and His love for us in the cross. Knowing that love, in the
sense that spouses know each other, and expressing back love to

Third thought

The most important schism that I need to work to avoid is two-fold.
First, I must conform myself to Christ in His Church present here on
earth. Second, I must lead my family in unity. My wife, myself and
my children must act together. Not to say that we are never going to
have conflicts but we must learn to resolve them. We must learn to
work together better as family or we can never learn to work together
as a Christian community. It is a grave scandal when we have schism
and disunity. As a father this must be done in how I act and what I
do and not in logically convincing anyone.

Matthew S.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Starting to Blog again

Well, now that I am writing more and I have a decent way set up to be able to blog, it's time I do more of it. I have lots more thoughts going through my head these days and a distraction free writing environment, well at least on the computer screen. If any of you are interested I am using Emacs (a very simple but VERY powerful text editor). It may not have all the bells and whistles that other things have but I honestly need to focus on the writing part of life and it helps with that. I can always pretty things up later. It also allows me to take notes really well, organize to-do lists and write some basic programs. I use org-mode from Carsten Dominic for the orginizing features and functions. I have it running under cygwin (a unix like command line geeky environment) for the simplicity, geek factor and full screen covering up windows ability. I also am using dropbox to store all of my files, it backs it up to the cloud and auto places the files on another PC kept at home. This way, if the laptop breaks, I still have all of my school/agenda files. If you are interested in learning more about dropbox, let me know and I will send you a link (I get 250 mb of additional free storage per refferal). Matthew S.