“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 12/40), Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC:
Noisy … A neighbor to this church is power washing something, no, he is using a circular saw. As I said it is very noisy. But it is always noisy at this labyrinth because it is right next to Tyvola Road. And somewhere nearby are train tracks because I hear very loud train horns. And it is also noisy because the path is made of pebbles. Crunch, crunch, crunch.
Winter … There is no sign of spring today, and at this labyrinth, there are dead fall leaves on the lawn. And the sky is overcast.
I wonder if grass would have been cheaper. I really need to create an advice column on what makes for a perfect labyrinth. One thing for sure is that the path needs to be even so that you don’t lose your balance when walking and and the area needs to be buffered from auditory and visual distractions. SIlence is nice. One basic requirement would be that you could walk barefoot. If you can’t, then there is a problem.
Research Lazarus and Bethany …
Jesus: A Pilgrimage: Chapter 18 – Bethany
Fr. Martin makes another point about this story. He wonders, “Why does Jesus shout?” “John’s Gospel says that Jesus spoke in a phonē megalē, a great voice.” We are used to hearing that God speaks to us quietly and that we need silence to hear Him, but Jesus shouts to Lazarus to “come forth”. Fr. Martin says, “Sometimes, however, God needs to speak more loudly” and that “God may need to get our attention… so that the dead parts of us can hear”. For Fr. Martin, “Lazarus’s tomb became the place to leave behind whatever I no longer needed, whatever kept me from new life”. Jesus last words in the story of Lazarus are “unbind him and let him go”. Jesus wants us to be unbound, and freed from our sins and our past. Our sins bring us to a spiritual death and Jesus wants to bring us back, he wants us to be fully alive. Fr. Martin says “Unbind him, and let him go is an invitation to all of us who are freed from old patterns and unhealthy behaviors. Untie him and let him be who he is meant to be.” To become the person we are meant to be we may have to overcome our “stuckness” and our fear of change. At the end of the chapter Fr. Martin tells us “I asked God to take away everything that kept me from becoming the person God wanted me to be. And I asked God for new life.” Then he left the tomb.
Dutch, George Orwell’s Birthday, Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras, BuzzFeed News: this is from 2013, but worth a chuckle!
On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website.
“George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”
French Phrases Hidden in English Words, Mental Floss
Even if you speak French you may never have noticed them.
CARTOON, Harper Lee, Scott Stantis, Yellowhammer News:
Longtime Alabama resident Scott Stantis is widely viewed as one of the best — if not the best — editorial cartoonists in the country. At one point he was the staff cartoonist for The Birmingham News. And although he’s now at The Chicago Tribune, which is one of the most high profile jobs in his field, Stantis still flies back to Alabama to get his driver’s license renewed. As long as he keeps coming back home — and cranking out cartoons like the one above — we’ll keep claiming him. Stantis’ latest masterpiece is a tribute to Alabama author Harper Lee, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 89.