My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." - Jim Valvano
I had a ton of emails to deal with and a talk to prepare, so I pulled an all-nighter last night...... assisted by the Detroit-Minnesota baseball game.
My Tigers got a 5-2 win and took the series from the Twins 2 games to 1. The Twins were tough to beat when they played in the Dome, but the Tigers own them at Target Field. My Tigers are playing some pretty good baseball and are now starting to put a little distance between themselves and others in the AL Central.
|Kansas City||33||34||.493||5||17-16||16-18||267||248||+19||Won 1||8-2||30.6|
|Chicago Sox||28||38||.424||9.5||16-14||12-24||237||273||-36||Lost 4||4-6||2.9|
Today is the last full-day of the 4-day program for 18 priests from the mainland. They take-off tomorrow for New York and a few days at Maryknoll. They will then go to Chicago and attend a three week program at DePaul University.
Cardinal Tong will be here for mass at 4:00 pm and then a BBQ on the back lawn. We are hoping for some nice weather!!
Wang Wei left a little while ago for Shenzhen and her flight back to Jilin. It was good having her here again and she did a great job with her presentation to the Chinese Leadership Initiative on Saturday morning. A few of the priests mentioned how helpful it was. Wang Wei has to get back for the final two weeks of the semester at Beihua. She'll be busy with a few tasks before the big Summer English Program at Jilin Medical College gets underway. We have 14 teachers coming to help us this summer!
Nurse Li is sporting new glasses these days (and looking quite good in them). She has now been officially assigned to the Pediatric ICU unit at Jilin University Hospital. I really like these iphone self-photos.
Today's gospel and some comments:
You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42
If today’s reading were put into practice, all war would cease immediately; and not only war but every kind of conflict, even minor domestic squabbles. It is highly improbable, to say the least, that that will ever happen.
François Mauriac, the great French all-round man of letters, wrote that society always remains criminal – even while many saints live within it. “Society cannot be excused because in every age there has been a Vincent de Paul or a Francis of Assisi to remind them of it – not so much by their words as by their lives of sacrifice. But the course of history has not been influenced by the saints. They have acted upon hearts and souls; but history has remained criminal.” It can hardly be right to make such a clear distinction (amounting in this case to a separation) between the individual and society: individuals are part of society. But still there is something in what Mauriac said. Many people absorb every influence around them without question, but others are shaped by their reaction to those same influences. The same conditions produce couch potatoes and prophets.
Society will never be improved by everyone telling everyone else to improve. A wise friend said to me once, “Let’s not waste our energy criticising what is wrong; let’s just do our own work to the best of our ability. If it’s any good it will displace what is bad.” This must be true not only of work but of everything.