Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A Day of Prayer for Katrina's Victims

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco called for today to be a day of prayer for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They opened up today's press conference with a set of prayers from the Archbishop of New Orleans Hughes and other spiritual leaders from the area. It was a very moving thing to see.

This is is today's Bible verse from a Bible calendar I received over the summer is a very insightful and true statement for what the Lord will require of all us in the coming months of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. It goes as follows:

All that you have commanded we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. -- Joshua 1:16 NASB.

May God bless those affected by Katrina, those who are helping to bring things back to a sort of normalcy, and those who have perished because of this awful natural disaster. May God changes the hearts of those inconsiderate and greedy looters that their dangerous activities may cease so that peace and order can be returned to the ravaged communities. May God be with all today and every day. Amen.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

This is THE ONE. It's it, and there's no doubt about it now. I've been vigilantly watching it on the local CBS affiliate in New Orleans WWL-TV since I've learned of the doomsday track aimed at New Orleans Saturday evening. Surprisingly, I failed to keep my eye on the storm since it's beginnings because of my vacation and move back to College Station. My family and friends have since moved out of harm's way, thankfully, and now all we can do is watch now and pray.

160 MPH sustained winds and at one time stronger than Camille...may God have mercy on those still in the city there. A once-in-a-lifetime storm, thank God.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Death and Times of an Old and New PC

Well, it's happened. My old e-Machines PC has died. I found it out a week after having those perils of it shutting off cold. What actually happened was that I had overheated the motherboard so much that it fried (not literally, though). So, as a result I got a new Dell PC, which I'm using at this time.

Securing that PC was not an easy task in the least. I research for what the best deal, and it appeared to be Dell's lower range computers. I found a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz Dell Dimension 3000 for a decent price with a free flat panel upgrade, which was a nice plus there for moving into and out of my dorm this year. I got it ordered that Wednesday night, and went to bed thinking that all was well. It arrived that Friday afternoon, and I went to check to make sure all was there as promised. It wasn't. Dell in their cheapness put in 2 256 MB SDRAM DIMM's, even though they promised (both on the web site and when I called in and checked) they would ship the system with a single 512 MB SDRAM DIMM. I was furious. I attempted all Saturday evening trying to get some sort of customer service online with Dell's pathetic and inoperable customer service chat program. Aggravating!

I called into Dell customer service that Monday and wasted 4 hours trying to get the order corrected. I would finish one call and come back later to realize they weren't telling me the same thing each time. By that afternoon I was infuriated with their "Linda's" and "Abraham's" from Delhi (India) trying to tell me they couldn't do any more, and then fail to get me a UPS pickup for their mistake. I waited for week for their pickup to come, until I called back in and complained and had them reset a DHL pickup and wasted more of my time. Luckily I already had received the promised 512 MB SDRAM DIMM. I'm still waiting for a promised $64.99 credit to the charged credit card. Dell customer service is horrible, but remember PERSISTENCE IS KEY!

At least I now have a decent computer, as I ordered. Hopefully I won't have to call back in to Dell's atrocious customer service again and waste more of my time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

St. Therese of Lisieux's Prayers

St. Therese the Little Flower, aka St. Therese of Lisieux, aka St. Therese of the Child Jesus, is not the same person as St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa of Avila lived in the 1500's and did many great things. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order who re-introduced a more rigorous prayer and fasting in the communities she was associated with. St. Therese of Lisieux, also a Carmelite, lived in the late 1800's and did no huge things. She reveled in doing very small things and to the very best of her ability and offering them to Jesus as her sacrifice. She wrote about her "Little Way" of holiness in her diary, which her convent published after shed died of tuberculosis before reaching the age of 24.

Find out more on St Therese of Lisieux at the Society of the Little Flower, the largest organization in the world promoting devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux. The commune of Lisieux itself is in Normandy, France.

Below are two prayers attributed to St. Therese of Lisieux, and I thought it would be nice to share since it is so exceptionally simple and pertinent:

St. Therese of Lisieux & Her Prayer to Know God's Will:

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by you,
always follow your plans, and perfectly accomplish Your holy will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever you may require of me.
Help me to respond to the slightest prompting of Your grace,
so that I may be your trustworthy instrument.
May Your will be done in time and eternity,
by me, in me, and through me.


Another one that was sent to me by e-mail that I am not positive on the origin but is readily attributed to St. Therese of Lisieux:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you.