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Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM PDT

Maundy Diary

by R T Saunders

Thursday

I am not sure what happened tonight.  Things were going so well.

He came into the City just a few days ago and we were all so up!  I mean, everyone was up!   You could feel the excitement.

We were pretty near the Passover so we rented this room just to be sure we could get some private space.  It wasn’t fancy, in fact it was a bit dirty, so I grabbed a broom and  a rag and tried to clean things up a bit.  We paid a few coins more for the table and some chairs. No one was quite sure if Mary or the others were coming so we got a few extra seats.

As it was, it was just the twelve of us, and the Master of course. It started off really well; the guys traded stories about the entry into the City, and some of the crazy people grabbing at us.  I mean I got poked in the eye, all that crap that they were waving.  They even pulled branches off the trees to toss in our way!  That’s why I hate crowds! Although in the end it was all good.

We all figured it was a long week, so we’d have a good, holy Passover and crash out.  We had the room for a few days.  There were some big weeks coming and even Peter had to tell his wife he wouldn’t be home.  She didn’t like that at all!  The single guys have a little less going on, but we could use a little down time too.  

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Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 04:00 AM PST

Reflections on a Sunday in Lent

by R T Saunders

Each of us is on our own spiritual journey, despite the promptings of the institutional Church; responsible for our own seeking a way down the path, with our own compass, We are always seeking new ways to bring sense to being “here”, to experience the transcendent and the Divine presence in life around us. But setting out on your own is a spiritually lonely journey. The spiritual path was meant for partners. Jesus walked with others. He joined seekers on the road to Emmaus, explained the workings of the Kingdom, then sat and broke bread. Sharing a meal brings us together, leads us to engage, to be open.  Being together on that spiritual path, sharing our stories on the road, can be “Church”.

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT

The Kingdom Belongs To...

by R T Saunders

BREAKING NEWS:
New Fragments of Ancient Scripture Found; Authentic Says Hierarchy, Requires Faith

Rome – October 4, 2012 – The Feast of St. Francis - Officials within the Vatican have confirmed the recent discovery of fragments of early scripture hidden deep in the archives of the Vatican Library that reportedly support Church teaching on a variety of current cultural and moral issues, and social teachings.
In a statement issued today, The Vatican Under Secretary for Social Control confirmed the discovery saying, “This is an important finding, one in which the teaching of The Church, and of our brother Christian Churches throughout the world, is confirmed.”

The Vatican would not confirm how the scripture fragments were discovered or where they were authenticated and translated. In announcing this discovery, The Vatican provided a translated narrative of the ancient fragments.

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Thu May 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM PDT

The Fedora Kid

by R T Saunders

The Fedora Kid
by  R. T. Saunders

She walks into the weekly support group meeting.  A young girl.  I assume she’s a girl, or female identified, since this is a male to female transgender support group.  Her long shoulder length, unkempt brown hair, dark, dark glasses obscuring what must be pretty eyes, and rumpled corduroy jacket set her apart from those who make a studied effort to establish a female persona.  She wears a  black man’s fedora, stylish, very Madonna-esgue in its fashion sense

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:37 AM PDT

Spy Wednesday

by R T Saunders

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Today, the Wednesday before the beginning of Christian Holy  Week, is known as “Spy Wednesday”,  the day  that Judas Iscariot put into motion the workings of the plot against Jesus, the betrayal of friendship and leadership for pieces of sliver, thus beginning the journey to Easter.  Judas!  The name forever connected to breaking the trust.

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Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST

Do We Hate Each Other THAT Much?

by R T Saunders

In the last week, Hon. Richard Cebul, Chief United States District Judge (Montana), wrote a letter to President Obama apologizing for a racially charged joke sent from his court email account. In his apology Judge Cebul wrote,

“I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded. I accept full responsibility; I have no one to blame but myself.”  Politico http://politi.co/...
Given what appears to be a sincere apology, as well Judge Cebul's letter to the Chief Judge of the Ninth District asking that an inquiry be opened regarding his “misconduct”, one wonders if this issue will disappear into the hall of fame of lettered “wardrobe malfunctions.”   This however, appears not to be the case, as Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, in an appearance on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC on Friday, stated that an apology is not sufficient and that only resignation will be a satisfactory outcome
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