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Congratulations to Gene Robinson who yesterday celebrated the eighth anniversary of becoming bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. And congratulations to the Holy Spirit for inspiring such an excellent choice. When I started blogging Gene was a celebrity, always in the news for being "the first openly gay bishop." Nowadays you hardly ever hear about him. He has become ordinary. Thanks be to God! Slowly, slowly catchy monkey we will overcome.

Posted by Rob at A GARDENERS DIARY:

I would like to thank everyone for sending Tommy best wishes. I can report that there has been no more sickness since the other night. I have reduced the amount of medicine that he has just in case what is left in the bottom of the bottle is a bit strong and so causing him to be sick. (See yesterday's prayer list)



Egypt's ruling generals have announced the pardon of 334 Egyptian civilians who were sentenced in military tribunals since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.



Pakistan’s government announced Wednesday it would normalize trade with its giant rival and neighbour India, a sign of better ties between two nuclear-armed nations whose tense relations have long poisoned South Asia.



Posted by Jay at BAILEY'S BUDDY:

I think I am fighting a head cold.. or something. Perhaps that is why I am not sleeping right. I am also fighting scabs on my face again. This time on the lower part. I am putting the cream on my cheeks to make sure I do not get skin cancer. So I do not want to be seen in public right now.



For the better part of 7 years, I have been in a relationship with a sweet, wonderful and loving young man. As all relationships do, we have had ups and downs over the years and we grew apart over the past year and a half while he took care of his Dad back east. When he returned, we decided that he should live on his own so he could grow and mature as an individual. This further precipitated our growing apart. About two weeks ago, we got together and spent the day. During that time, we talked a lot about each of us as well as 'us' and we both decided it was best that we should look towards NOT getting back together as a couple, but find folks who are more in tune with where we are and are going. In truth, it was more of an acknowledgment of the facts on the ground than anything else.



Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families:

Pfc. Sarina N. Butcher, 19, of Checotah, Okla.
Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, 41, of Abilene, Texas
Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas
Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning, 31, of Milpitas, Calif.
Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Spc. Christopher D. Gailey, 26, of Ochelata, Okla
Sgt. Edward S. Grace, 39, of South Dartmouth, Mass.
Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, N.J.
Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Newman, 26, of Shelby, N.C.
Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

Pray also for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners, and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for an end to this endless war.


From AFP:

One fifth of Bangkok is now under water as Thailand's worst floods in half a century spread through the capital, prompting warnings for affected residents to evacuate. Many people, however, have ignored the advice, choosing to stay in their inundated homes despite risks including electrocution and disease as well as shortages of food and drinking water.


Sanna, the capital city, and Taez in southern Yemen went through a couple of days of quiet which was broken by an armed conflict this morning that caused at least 12 deaths and left 40 injured. Witnesses say that a confrontation between government troops and militia supporting protesting demonstrators erupted into armed conflict.

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THE PRAYER LIST: 3RD. NOVEMBER 2011 — 11 Comments

  1. From: The Writer’s Almanac:

    A little dog named Laika was launched into space aboard Sputnik 2 on this date in 1957. The mission for Sputnik 2 was to determine if a living animal could survive being launched into orbit. Laika was a stray that had been picked up from the Moscow streets, a 13-pound mutt with perky ears, a curly tail, and uncertain ancestry. She probably had a little spitz or terrier in her family tree, maybe a Siberian husky or even a beagle here and there. She was three years old, a good-natured dog that came to have several nicknames: Lemon, Little Curly, and Little Bug. Her name, Laika, means “barker” and was a generic term applied to all spitz-type dogs. The American press called her “Muttnik.” The Soviet space program deliberately chose strays for their missions because it was felt that they had proven themselves to be hardy, having already survived deprivation, extremes in temperature, and stress.

    Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth. She was harnessed inside a snug, padded cabin with some ability to move, but not much. The capsule was climate-controlled, and she had access to food and water, and there were electrodes monitoring her vital signs, but everyone knew the capsule was not designed to return to Earth in one piece. Knowing that Laika had little time to live, one of the scientists took her home to play with his children a few days before the launch.

    For many years, reports of her death were inconsistent; one report said that she lived for six days, until her oxygen ran out. The Soviet government insisted she had been euthanized via a pre-planned poisoned food portion prior to that, to make her death more humane. In 1999, it was revealed that vital signs ceased to be transmitted about five to seven hours after the launch, possibly because the booster rocket failed to separate from the capsule, causing the thermal control system to malfunction and the cabin to become unbearably hot.

    In 1998, after the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the scientists spoke of his regret for Laika. He said: “Work with animals is a source of suffering to all of us. We treat them like babies who cannot speak. The more time passes, the more I’m sorry about it. We shouldn’t have done it … We did not learn enough from this mission to justify the death of the dog.”

    Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

  2. You know, with our permission, I think next year I will move the annual blessing of animals to St. Laika’s Day and use this liturgy, MP. It is, as they say, satisfactory.

    In fact, I’m tempted to ditch my afternoon plans and put up a big sign in front of the church and stand out there on the plaza and bless animals that walk by, and there are a ton of them!

    Bless you, MP.

  3. Feel free to set up some big speakers outside your church and just play my service, Lois. That will leave you with two hands free to bless every living thing that passes by.

  4. May I suggest a month-long “Season of Creatures” between St Francis’ Day & St Laika’s Day?

    On that note: Yay, Tommy! {Pets the good boy}

    “He has become ordinary”: +Gene is an extraordinary Ordinary! 🙂

    Prayers ascending for all in need…

    [Off to download St Laika’s Day Mass]