Who are the members of your motley crew?

To all readers:  Thank you for your patience with me in getting things posted.  I had to purchase a new computer as my old laptop was Windows XP which is no longer supported.  That system became increasingly slow over time as Microsoft withdrew support.  So the new laptop  worked great for a week or so until a supposed Adobe upgrade icon popped up on my screen.  This can happen shortly after you open a PDF document in Adobe.  It was a fake update icon and when I clicked on it thinking it was the real deal, a bunch of junk waltzed onto my new computer despite the security software.  I was able to remove most of the junk programs except for a little dandy named Trovi which literally possessed my web browser and would not let it load any web pages other than where it wanted to go.  Several phone calls later to the security software people and to the place where I bought the system, I think it is working OK.  A word of advice: true Adobe updates only come through when you first start up your system.  If they come through randomly, don’t touch them.  Your security software sometimes cannot isolate these little devils that will literally possess your computer….and prayers not the opposite helped.  I found the following article to be a great reflection.  The author is a retired bishop who has written other books.  I had not come across his work before but think I will take a look at his books…..Reyanna

By Robert Morneau, July 1, 2014, National Catholic Reporter On-line

Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales reminds us of our identity as pilgrims. We are all on a journey. And a motley crew we are: saints and sinners, clowns and CEOs, the beautiful and the ugly. We do well to remember William James’ assertion: “The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison inmates, and death finally runs the robustest of us down.”

Who are some of the confidantes in your motley crew, the companions on your particular pilgrimage? Who are the ones offering guidance as you journey toward Canterbury or Camelot or God’s kingdom, and what wisdom do they share? Answering these questions might bring forth gratitude, perhaps even reform.

I have been on the road now for 75 years. Time and time again, I am joined for a mile or two by a politician, a poet, a prophet, a philosopher, a psalmist. Time and time again, I’ve dialogued about the big and little questions of life.

Recently I “traveled” with Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-61), that great international civil servant who served as secretary-general of the United Nations for eight years. Here is what he had to say (via Roger Lipsey’s Hammarskjöld: A Life): “Each day the first day. Each day a life. Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back.” (To continue reading, click here.)

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