Monthly Archives: April 2007

Owning a Domain is a Pain ….

I own a domain.  I have it hosted with a company I shall not name (yet).  I have had three domains hosted by this company.  Two were for parishes (my former parish and my current parish).

My former parish apparently decided not to have a web-presence after I moved on and allowed the hosting agreement (and presumably the domain registration to lapse).

My current parish finally found a member who volunteered to be the webmaster and he decided to use WordPress as the content management application … but getting that up and running on the host server turned out to be something a problem and we started having difficulty with the domain being down, coming back up, going down again, over and over again.

So we have decided to move it to a local server …. OK, fine.  No problem.

But after we made that decision, the hosting company where my personal domain remains decided to make WordPress (and several other content management applications) available for use, so I opted to stay there and use WordPress on my domain (not this blog, another site I am trying to get up and running).  So I asked the hosting company to do what was necessary to make that happen.

Guess what?

My personal domain is not up, and down, and up, and down.  Website is there … website isn’t there.  Email is accessible … email isn’t accessible.  It’s a pain in the veritable you know what.

I may decide to move that domain.

In the meantime, I have this blog.

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Closing Down a Democratic Society

The end of another blogger’s commentary on the current state of American freedoms:

Right now, only a handful of patriots are trying to hold back the tide of tyranny for the rest of us – staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who faced death threats for representing the detainees yet persisted all the way to the Supreme Court; activists at the American Civil Liberties Union; and prominent conservatives trying to roll back the corrosive new laws, under the banner of a new group called the American Freedom Agenda. This small, disparate collection of people needs everybody’s help, including that of Europeans and others internationally who are willing to put pressure on the administration because they can see what a US unrestrained by real democracy at home can mean for the rest of the world.

We need to look at history and face the “what ifs”. For if we keep going down this road, the “end of America” could come for each of us in a different way, at a different moment; each of us might have a different moment when we feel forced to look back and think: that is how it was before – and this is the way it is now.

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands … is the definition of tyranny,” wrote James Madison. We still have the choice to stop going down this road; we can stand our ground and fight for our nation, and take up the banner the founders asked us to carry.

Read the rest of this essay here.

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Sermon for Easter 4

Acts 9:36-43 and St. John 10:22-30

“I have told you, and you do not believe.” With these words, Jesus answered those who stood with him in the Temple Portico and asked, “Are you the Messiah? If you are, tell us plainly.”

“You do not believe,” Jesus tells them, “because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice.”

Our son, Patrick, is about to graduate from college and it is his intention to enter seminary and seek ordination to the priesthood. In order to do that, of course, he needs the blessing of his bishop and so he is going through a process the church calls “discernment”. This is actually a process every Christian is called to put into practice on a daily basis, and today’s lessons can be the starting point for learning how to do that.

The first reading set forth in the Lectionary is the story of St. Peter’s visit with Dorcas who is raised from the dead by the power of God. We are told that her name is Tabitha or, in Greek, Dorcas. I always wondered why this woman would have a different name in Greek than in Aramaic or Hebrew, so in my preparation for this morning, I did a little etymological sleuthing and learned that both “Tabitha” (in Hebrew) and “Dorcas” (in Greek) mean “wild goat.”

Read the rest of this sermon here: Sermon for Easter 4 (April 29, 2007)

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