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29 October 2003
Don't Forget To Vote
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. are not allowed to endorse (or make fun of) political candidates. We also are limited in the amount of support we can give to things like propositions or PACs. One thing that we can do, however, is encourage you to vote! Democracy only works when the people being governed take an active role in the process. Voting is one of the easiest ways of doing so. Get informed, get involved and don't forget to vote on the Election Day. Sister thanks you.
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16 November 2002
some thoughts on this morn
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
— Jesus

“One can only face in others what one can face in oneself.”
— James Baldwin

“God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.”
— The Midrash

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17 August 2002
I want more
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.
Phillips Brooks

Lately, life has been very challenging. It has been a struggle balancing all of the different elements that go into being who I am. Each different facet demands its own share of my energy and there are times when I simply do not feel that I have enough for it all. But I am blessed in that I can truly say that I love my life and, even though it can be tiring, I am having a good time doing it all.
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24 July 2002
Today I make a vow of tenderness. Of kindness. Of charity. Of patience. Of forgiveness. And of being human and present and real to all who cross my path today. Today I make a vow to pause before I express myself in a manner that might be arrogant, distasteful, disrespectful or unkind. Today I vow to make myself be as human and empathetic to others as I hope that they would be for me. Today I vow to restrain my crankiness and not allow my emotions to reign over or take precedent over the emotions of another. Today I vow that I will do all that I can to be good. I vow not to aspire to the supernatural or holy, but to be human, in the most basic and significantly honest way possible. Today I vow to breathe deeply of the goodness capable in humankind and to release all residiual stains and scars and crimes that otherwise chip at my soul and my being. Today I vow to be as good as I can be and nothing more. And certainly nothing less.

As much as I'd like to take credit for this vow myself, I must give credit to the radiant Min Jung, whose abundant joy and charming smile won the hearts of several of my Sisters at Pink Saturday.
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17 April 2002
Am I my brother's keeper?

Efforts to contain a syphilis surge among gay men in California and elsewhere have been stymied by a failure among many gay leaders to portray outbreaks as possible precursors to a rise in HIV, health experts and some AIDS activists say. "The leadership out of the gay community on this issue has essentially been absent," said Dr. Judy Wasserheit, who directed the sexually transmitted disease prevention program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for almost a decade before leaving last summer. "If we wait until we actually see those [HIV] increases in the community, it's too late."

This comes from an article in the LA Times that was sent to us by Sister Bea. The article raises some interesting questions about our society and how we view sex. Questions like: Who is responsible for my sexual choices? Who is responsible for the consequences of those choices? If I educate and inform the public about safer sex, but then choose to engage in risky activities does that invalidate my message?

Perhaps more relevant to the Order: Is one of the hazards of educating the public a tendency to become self-righteous, or is it just that self-righteous people are drawn to "public service"?
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