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Since we cannot do anything toward the kitchen project until we hear from Mike Smith, who will install the new door, Bill and I are going to Salisbury on Thursday “rail fanning.” We’ll watch and photograph trains.  Hopefully lots, with all kinds of “foreign power.”  We’re going to Hackett Street in the morning, then on to Clyde’s Place, where there’s plenty of shade, after lunch.  Hopefully, we’ll even see Clyde, one of the “locals.”  We’ll be back tomorrow evening.  The time depends on how many trains we see.  We plan to have fun.  Probably we’ll be tired, when we get back.

It seems Elvira Arellano, a prominent advocate for illegal aliens and an illegal alien herself, has taken refuge in Adalberto United Methodist Church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in
Chicago.  Arellano had been ordered to report to the Department of Homeland Security by 9 a.m. Tuesday, but chose instead to take refuge in the church with her seven year old son, who is a US citizen.  The notion that lawbreakers can be protected in a house of worship dates to the ancient Greeks.  Read the entire story here.

When we enter into solitude to be with God alone, we quickly discover how dependent we are. Without the many distractions of our daily lives, we feel anxious and tense. When nobody speaks to us, calls on us, or needs our help, we start feeling like nobodies. Then we begin wondering whether we are useful, valuable, and significant. Our tendency is to leave this fearful solitude quickly and get busy again to reassure ourselves that we are “somebodies.” But that is a temptation, because what makes us somebodies is not other people’s responses to us but God’s eternal love for us.

To claim the truth of ourselves we have to cling to our God in solitude as to the One who makes us who we are.

August 2006