Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Less Nasty and Mean

 It's time to ask the weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge questions.  Come on's a friendly space. Answer the questions on your own blog, then hop back to From This Side of the Pond to add your link to the party. 

1. How do you define peace? 

"....I wish to place on record that I am in unrepayable debt to Francis of Assisi, for when I pray his prayer [Make me an instrument of Thy peace], or even remember it, my melancholy is dispelled, my self-pity comes to an end, my faith is restored, because of this majestic conception of what the work of a disciple should be.

"So majestic is this conception that one dare no longer be sorry for oneself. This world ceases to be one's enemy and becomes the place where one lives and works and serves. Life is no longer nasty, mean, brutish, and short, but becomes the time that one needs to make it less nasty and mean, not only for others, but indeed also for oneself." (Alan Paton, Instrument of Thy Peace)

2. November 3rd is Election Day in the US of A, but did you know it's also National Sandwich Day? Let's vote, shall we? egg salad or tuna salad? chicken salad or grilled chicken on a bun? peanut butter and jelly or a bagel with cream cheese? turkey and swiss or ham and cheddar? grilled cheese or pimento cheese? roast beef-corned beef-or make mine veggie? 

Peanut butter is always good, and grilled cheese is classic. But if I were going all out I'd order a sub with mozzarella and black olives.

3. When did you last say (or feel) 'no rest for the weary'

I usually prefer the Mitford version: "No rest for the wicked, and the righteous don't need none."

4. This time last year, where were you?

Here, most likely. The fourth of November was a Monday, so I was probably getting started on the week's work in my last university course. (I was learning online before everybody was learning online.) 

5. Share a favorite song, verse, or quote featuring the word 'peace'. 

"People who are anxious, confused, and looking for answers are quick to search for solutions in the pages of books or on the Internet, looking for that 'killer app' that will make everything right again. The Rule [of St. Benedict] tells us: No, it's not like that. You can achieve the peace and order you seek only by making a place within your heart and within your daily life for the grace of God to take root." (Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option)

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond


ellen b. said...

I enjoyed the quote you shared. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

Joyce said...

Thanks for joining the hodgepodge this week. It's been so nice reading the quotes shared regarding peace. I think we all need a mental reset after this exhausting and contentious election cycle.