My Thoughts

Yesterday ended too soon. Daylight is shrinking though where it has shrunk is anybody’s guess. Later comes sooner than later which saves the worm an early demise. Early to bed makes the day shorter, early to rise gets the worm, though it sure seems odd to lop off one end then tack it to the other. This my friends is what happens when the day starts off late and ends far later.

I’m not sure where Tuesday went or why I missed it but c’est la vie, whatever that means. I never learned to parlez vous Francais, sprechen sie Deutsch, or habla Espanol. So, sue me, I just Bing’d them. I got behind and no matter the faster I went I kept falling farther and further behinder. I had plenty of thoughts rattling around in the hollow space between my ears, but the clock was dead set against me. Before I could blink the clock struck twelve and my eyeballs fell on tomorrow which of course, according to strict quotidian orthodoxy, immediately turned into today.     

Heard an analogy that explains a lot. Imagine this. An enterprising entrepreneur—just call him Hi, with more gold than Croesus, a private citizen with more gilt than guilt, purchases every street, highway, byway, alley, and sidewalk in your town. When you stand on the sidewalk that runs outside your house and try to speak your peace, Hi says “No, no, you no can do, I own the sidewalk upon which you stand. Speech I like I will allow, speech I do not I will not, you understand. I will not, cannot let you speak. On my street and on my highway, whether byway or an alley, never ever on my sidewalk even though outside your house.” If you ask, “Then where can I say what is on my mind? For I have the right to speak in this fair land. Freedom of Speech is my right, you understand?” Hi will agree with great aplomb, “You have the right to speak but only from inside your house.” He owns the avenues everywhere, don’t you see? He is just a private citizen, not the government. He has the right to set the rules on the proper use of his property. If you do not like them, he will tell you do not travel his streets, highways, byways, alleys or sidewalks. Stay inside and listen to yourself speak free as a bird to no one in particular.

Something to think about, confined within the confines of your small abode; if you think loud enough you might even hear yourself think. Wake up America.

Just my thoughts for a Wednesday, for what it is worth.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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