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USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up.” “It had a big meaning to it for all of us,” he said. “They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back.”
The ship’s motto? “Never Forget”
I am reading this book that tracks the history of a certain denomination. Each chapter starts with a quote. Many are from Anthony Storr Feet of Clay.
They have made quite an impression on me. I think his book would be very thought provoking.
I first read
“One man’s faith is anoth man’s delusion….”
By itself is stands alone with a message.
In full context it adds additional elements and overtones, but the following paragraph is likely enough:
“Whether a belief is considered to be a delusion or not depends partly upon the intensity with which it is defended, and partly upon the numbers of people subscribing to it.”
Last night this excerpt was at the beginning of a chapter and it really struck a cord with me:
“Critical examination of the lives and beliefts of gurus demonstrates that our psychiatric labels and our conceptions of what is or is not mental illness are woefully inadequate. How, for example, does one distinguish an unorthodox or bizarre faith from delusion?…
Gurus are isolated people, dependent upon their disciples, with no possibility of being disciplined by a Church or criticized by contemporaries. They are above the law. The guru usurps the place of God. Whether gurus have suffered from manic-depressive illness, schizophrenia, or any other form of recognized, diagnosable mental illness is interesting but ultimately unimportant. What distinguishes gurus from moreorthodox teaachers is not their manic-depressive mood swings, not their though disorders, not their delusional beliefs, nor their hallucinatory visions, not their mystical states of ectasy: it is their narcissism.”
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I have been following the issue of women priest since 1976. Yes, 31 years. I am 37, do the math.
It was one of many factors that lead me to leave what was the Episcopal church.
I recently received this article from one of my Priest friends. Newsweek article.
He sent me this excellent response in reply.
Enjoy, happy Thursday!
I guess the Pope is colorblind like me.
Do something for yourself and for your country this weekend.
It is true. I see it everyday.