Apr 082014

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by Anura Guruge

Anura Guruge Good Pope John XXIII book for canonization.Related posts:
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— Jan. 26, 2013.

Anura Guruge Good Pope John XXIII book for April 27 canonization.

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Well, Amazon gives all of Kindle authors five free days per book to use as we like. But, they are very strict about it. 5 days and only 5 days. can’t have more.

I don’t have a problem giving my books out for free. I don’t make any money from my books (maybe because I price them at costs and then try to give them away for free). The joy, to me, is in the writing. The other day, kind of knowing that it may be an exercise in sheer futility, I tried to give up writing. After about 6 hours I broke out in a cold sweat and had heart palpitations. I had to write. So, I am working another ‘101’ book. They are all fun. This fun I am trying to have even more fun than usual. “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia”.

Though I write about it with gusto, I really don’t celebrate Sinhalese New Year and have not for nearly 20 years. Sadly, I celebrate the Chinese New Year more than do the Sinhalese. I really don’t know Sri Lankans around here and the few I kind of know in Massachusetts, quite rightly, treat me like a pariah. I don’t blame them.

Anyway, the Kindle eBook of the Good Pope, two weeks prior to his much deserved canonization, will be free. Doubt whether anyone in Sri Lanka will bother to get it — though there is a fairly healthy Catholic population over there, including our very own cardinal, the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘. I really didn’t have any dealings with the Ceylon Catholic church per se when I was growing up. It was a very inclusive, polyreligious society and I, of course, interacted with Catholics and visited Catholic schools. Might even have gone to a church or two. I have heard that the Catholic church, in Ceylon, tried to kidnap me twice c. 1964. But, I think they were threats rather than real attempts because I don’t ever remember any incidents. Yes, I do recall being asked to report to the Principals office one day — out of the blue. A ‘peon’ from the office came to get me. I went into the Principal’s office. He asked me if I was ‘OK’. I said yes, since nothing had happened other than me being summoned by him. I gathered, afterwards, that I had been summoned because a threat had been received. Yes, I do remember the occasional police escort. Well, if they tried to kidnap me they didn’t do a very good job.

A Sri Lankan woman offers prayers as a pAll of that is history.

New Year will be next Monday. ‘Old Year‘ will the day before — April 13, 2014. I am doing my first (of four) “John XXIII” presentations that day — at the Taylor Community in Laconia (N.H.). From what I remember you are supposed to take a bath on ‘Old Year’ in preparation for the New Year. So I will have to remember that. Though I don’t do baths I will try and take a shower — something I usually try to do, if I have time, ahead of a presentation.

Happy New Year.

Apr 012014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, it was announced that the Pope, Francis (#267), creating six new Apostolic Delegates, all of them previously appointed ‘Prelates of Honor to His Holiness‘, to act as roving, global ambassadors without borders to try and eradicate the Deadly Sins — within the next fifty years. He wants this to be a part of his legacy.

Msnr. Desmond Daly, Tampa, FL. Assigned 'envy'.

Msnr. Desmond Daly, Tampa, FL. Assigned ‘envy’.

It would also appear that this is related to comments made by the pope, earlier in the year, to the effect that he does not want his many, honorary ‘Prelates of Honor to His Holiness‘, to essentially have a free ride — i.e., have a fancy title that doesn’t involve any duties or obligations. Lets face it, even cardinals have to every once in awhile get together an elect a pope.

It was not specified whether there was a term-limit for these appointments, and whether as was the case when they had a Camerlengo for the College of Cardinals, all of the ‘Prelates’ (and there are a ton of them) would be cycled through these posts on a periodic basis.

So far only one U.S. ‘Prelate’ has been designated an Apostolic Delegate to a Deadly Sin. It is ex-Tampa, Msnr. Desmond Daly, who took early retirement. He will be the Apostolic Delegate to Envy. That seems apropos. He looks like he might know something about that Sin — if only secondhand.

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