Tuesday, October 04, 2005

It's ma birthday, it's ma birthday

Yeah, that's right. It's my birthday. And I'm pleased to note that the entire Jewish community of New York City has decided to take the day off to commemorate the occasion. I didn't know you cared!

L'shanah tovah to you too!

Not to mention today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Like the Buddha, Francis was noble-born and made a name for himself as a young dilettante, then renounced his frivolous ways and the trappings of wealth in favor of serving the poor. I've always felt a special affinity for St. Francis, despite my own renunciation of Catholicism (capital "C") in favor of trying a more catholic (small "c") approach to life. Through his example, St. Francis reminds us that we are called to bring about justice and peace in the world, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression and to protect our fragile planet.

In my lazy Catholic upbringing, the Prayer of St. Francis always resounded with me as being one of the most universal. And in all my current studies, I have to say, the Prayer of St. Francis is the most Buddhist Catholic prayer ever written.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Dalai Lama couldn't have said it better.


At 10/04/2005 2:18 PM, Blogger Anocsanamun said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!! I'll buy you a strawberry banana cake from fortunato brothers.


At 10/05/2005 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we are going to have to come up with a title to go with your picture that we need to add to the "family" album.

(sorry, folks, inside joke)

Hmmm... howzabout:


OMG, I just snotted out a spurt-laff all by myself, here, and now my monitor is all sparkly... hate when that happens!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY young lady!


At 10/05/2005 1:37 PM, Blogger Jane Doe said...

To Irene: Yummmmm! Sounds great! And thanks for the b-day wishes!

To YKW: Ah, me and my BDGs! (Big Dumb Galoots). I'm just a sucker for 'em.


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