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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Homily – 1 Corinthians 26 - 31 ©

2nd Reading – The Epistle – 2017.01.29

The Weak and the Foolish

Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

The Art of Persuasions

Speak to the lowly, the outcast, the marginalized. Tell them they are great.

Tell the unloved they are loved. The lonely they are desired.

Tell the sick that they will be well, and the poor that they will be rich.

Speak to what is lacking; state unequivocally that it will be whole.

Reverse everything, it is the art of persuasion.

If you speak to strength as a weakness, you can convince the weak that they are strong.

Give the people something outside of themselves to believe in.

Let it lead them, something that they cannot see, or touch, or hear, as such it will be irrefutable, unassailable, and captivating.

The person who cannot boat of what is food or beautiful in themselves, will boast of their participation in the good and beauty of another, and defend it to the bitter end.

This is the art of persuasion.

The Apostle understood it.

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Emergence In Fifty-five Words Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Three, Loss and Discovery, Collected Chapters

Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 022, January 22nd, 2017

Chapter One: Watching

Jim said goodbye and left. He was methodical in his bearing; as always. He never looked back.

Kathy followed him with her eyes, when he turned the corner, with her thoughts, which were disturbing. She was never able to read Jim, but today the membrane of consciousness that shielded him form her, it was translucent.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 023, January 23rd, 2017

Chapter Two: Connected

Kathy was with him, locked onto him, looking through his eyes for the first time as he drove away.

She could bond this way with anyone, at any time.

Of all the people she had ever met, Jim alone was a mystery to her. While she was connected to him, she felt his deep despair.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 024, January 24th, 2017

Chapter Three: Portents

Jim projected a profound sense of doom, of danger. It lingered in the vacuum that was left when he departed. The strength of it filled Kathy with unease, as if an event were about to happen that would stop everything.

She looked around and saw the world covered in ashes, with everyone choking for air.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 025, January 25th, 2017

Chapter Four: Unrequited

Jim left a pen behind. He always left something; as if they were little presents just for her.

Kathy stared at the pen, imagining it with all the other things of his she collected, reassembling them in her mind into an image of him; a golem made piece by piece from things he had discarded.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 026, January 26th, 2017

Chapter Five: Impressions

Kathy could not shake the feeling that Jim had wanted to tell her something.

It was oppressive.

Hours passed, and that feeling lingered, it was like a stone laid across her chest, pushing the air out of her. The despair was so strong in him, it was like a vacuum, and she could not breathe.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 027, January 27th, 2017

Chapter Six: Finding

Kathy stayed at her table. She sat by herself, alone in the crowd, concentrating on Jim. She sensed a fragility in him she never had before, had never imagined was possible. With that, she felt it was an omen, a portent, indicating that life as she knew, all life on Earth was about to change.

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Day 028, January 28th, 2018

Chapter Seven: True

Throughout her life, Kathy felt as if the “weight of the world was on her.” She felt it in a unique way, due to the intimate, some had described as “psychic,” connection she had with people near her.

She felt she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real, how complete, how all-encompassing those feelings were.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Three, Loss and Discovery
Collected Chapters

01 Watching
02 Connected
03 Portents
04 Unrequited
05 Impressions
06 Finding
07 True

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Governing Power

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

This week in politics:

The United States Senate votes to repeal and not replace key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, at a point in time that enrollment is at record high levels.

Donald Trump issues executive orders banning immigration and refugee status to people from: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia,, Sudan, Syria, Yemen (unless they are Christians, in which case they receive expedited consideration.

The United States has not experienced a terrorist assault from a citizens of these countries.

Countries whose citizens have attacked the united States; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey they are not on the list.

Donald Trump has nosiness interests in those countries.

Donald Trump issues an executive order initiating preliminary work on the T-Rump Wall.

The House of Representatives offers to fund the T-Rump Wall to the tune of 15 Billion dollars.

Donald Trump tells the President of Mexico via Twitter, to cancel his planned visit to the United States of he is not interested in talking about how Mexico will pay for the wall.

The President of Mexico cancels his planned visit.

Trump threatens a 20% tariff on all Mexican goods to pay for the wall, but that billed would be paid for by the purchaser (consumers in the United States), not the Mexican government.

Donald Trump issues an executive order putting in place a gag order restricting doctors serving in United States foreign missions from discussing abortion services with their patients.

Mike Pence speaks to a gathering of anti-choice activists in Washington D.C..

The House of Representatives introduces legislation guaranteeing the rights of personhood to a fertilized ovum, which, if enacted, would outlaw most forms of birth control, inclusing the pill, and IUDs.

The House of Representatives closes its investigation into the lead poisoning of Flynt Michigan’s water supply.

Russia decriminalizes domestic violence.

Donald Trump issues executive orders implementing a federal hiring freeze, restricting official communications, and access to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, The United States Parks Service.

Donald Trump calls for a national investigation into voter fraud, asserting that 3 million votes were cast for his opponent by non-citizens. He offers no proof for his claim.

Donald Trump suggests that there should be criminal penalties for protesting.

The State of North Dakota considers a law decriminalizing the act of hitting a protester with your vehicle.

The beginning of the end…