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Aliens have hearts with good and evil; what is in yours now?_1292

A reflection on Sacred Scripture at:

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a


It was curious to find out that we are celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, March 15, this year, as it usually has been on the nineteenth. Also since St. Patrick's Day falls within Holy Week this year, some dioceses are acknowledging St. Patrick on the fifteenth.


St. Joseph must be getting a chuckle out of this, because this is so typical. St. Joseph is known as the quiet, just man. He was literally given the responsibility of guiding and protecting the Savior of the world; yet we know very little about him. Some artists have tried to depict his docility by creating him as, what seems to this writer, a wimpy looking character. However to be obedient and docile, the characteristics of Joseph, takes the utmost strength of character! Besides, Joseph was a carpenter, a trade that takes tremendous physical strength.


Until this time next year, may St. Joseph guide us after our meaningful Holy Week, and help us to be open to the messages of His foster Son, and our Savior!


- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | email:



I learned at


A wanton waste of projectiles.

- The Art of War speech, 1881


To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, " Our country, right or wrong," and urge on the little war. Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation.

- "Glances at History," 1906



More learn at

but I received summary of below news stories notice from


With the five year anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq fast approaching there should be no doubt that the Iraq War is a moral and strategic disaster for the United States--not to mention the violence it has wrought on the Iraqi people. But what has not yet been fully recognized is that the war has also been an economic disaster.


As Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier document in the new issue of The Nation, "With just the amount of the Iraq budget of 2007, $138 billion, the government could instead have provided Medicaid-level health insurance for all 45 million Americans who are uninsured. What's more, we could have added 30,000 elementary and secondary schoolteachers and built 400 schools in which they could teach. And we could have provided basic home weatherization for about 1.6 million existing homes, reducing energy consumption in these homes by 30 percent."


Meanwhile, over the past week, as Laura Flanders writes, the Winter Soldier hearings, organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, brought the public the occupation as seen by the very young men and women at the bottom of the chain of command whose lives have forever been transformed by what we and the US government asked them to do in our name.


EXPLORE # 324 on Monday, March 31, 2008; # 463 and # 491 on Sunday, 03-30-2008.

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