February 16, 2008 – Late Night with the Webmaster

We have all had “one of those days”, and today was my turn to have “one of those days”.  You know the type of day when you wake up in the morning and you have your day neatly planned out in your mind, only to see your entire plan unravel.  It has become kind of my Saturday tradition to update the web site and make an entry into my blog, but because this day turned into “one of those days”, these tasks are being completed at a much later hour than normal.  My computer station is in my bedroom, and as I peer over at my bed and think how good it looks, I continue to trudge on and pound the keyboard (OK, the dramatics are over).

Actually, my “one of those days” is certainly minor compared to many people.  Our weather was not great this past week, but at least we did not have the ice storm folks just to the south of us had, and we still had our electricity and our other ammenities.  And of course, there was another mindless shooting on a university campus.  Much of the talk on the news was in trying to figure out the “motive” for the shootings.  Even if a so-called reason is found, it would still not come close to explaining why this person felt he needed to take human lives before taking his own.

Incidents such as this are a reminder to us that mental illness is very real, and should be treated as seriously as any other illness.  Pope Benedict XVI has asked us to focus our prayer intentions on this issue during the month of February, asking us to pray “that the mentally handicapped may not be marginalised, but respected and lovingly helped to live in a way worthy of their physical and social condition.”

As we focus on prayer during this Lent, I invite you to visit our prayer intentions page at www.maryhoc.org (click on the prayer intentions tab).  There are intentions that people have sent to me to be prayed for, and there are also a couple of links to web pages that focus on prayer.  I also encourage you to submit your own prayer intentions at this page so they can be prayed for.

Speaking of those needing prayer, my St. Louis Cardinals have begun spring training (ouch, cheap shot)!  Stranger things have happened, but in looking at the team, a lot of things will have to fall into place for this season to be successful, but that is why they play the games.  This is actually one of my favorite sports times of year – spring training is starting and college basketball is really getting interesting.  Spring can’t be far away (can it?).

It is now late, late night with the webmaster, and the bed to my right is looking even better.  Thanks again for reading my blog and for supporting our website.  Peace to all. (YAWN).

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