At the threshold of reform/ Merry Christmas!

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From: John Murtari (
Date: Tue Dec 25 2007 - 17:52:51 EST

Good People & People of Faith,

I'd like to extend to everyone my best wishes for a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

Many of us won't see our kids this Christmas and may not even be able
to contact them (and wow can that be depressing!). In some cases our
'ex' has gone out of their way to make arranging a schedule difficult
or impossible (enough to make anyone mad).

Thats how we "feel" -- and in the words of a great counselor, when
asked by someone how they were suppose to feel about something -- "you
are suppose to feel, the way you feel."

But as people of FAITH, let us harness those feelings for good. They
may be old cliches, but remember to "turn the other cheek", and "two
wrongs don't make a right." As people of HOPE, let us truly celebrate
Christmas (the season of hope) and bring joy to whoever is around us.

An 'amazing' story from years ago
ABC's network news ran a story about a women who had spent TWO YEARS
living in a redwood tree she wanted to save (along with the
forest). Eventually she climbed down and when she got to the ground
she was in tears and hugging the tree.

Have you thought about all the "activist movements" -- animal rights,
workers rights, anti-fur, pro-environment. This person sacrificed two
years of her life for "trees" (and didn't really win anything as a
result), but she walks away knowing she tried. What should we be
willing to sacrifice for our very own children?  

We always seem to get so frustrated because politicians won't act --
won't do what we want -- won't believe us.  Perhaps, first we need to
act with more belief ourselves?  Didn't that little baby born about
2000 years ago show us that?

Hanging on to Hatred?
There is some truth that sometimes you have to let go of hatred before
you can be effective for change.  Here is an old time reading from a
book of Wisdom.  Even if we don't believe, does it ring true?  Can we
still think of an 'ex', social worker, or judge -- as neighbor?

Sirach 27:30
Wrath and anger are hateful things,
but the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance
for he remembers their sins in detail.

Forgive your neighbor's injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the Lord?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive your sins?

Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults.
I'll celebrate this Christmas with so much passion and focus and joy.
Just the ability to be with my child and friends and family!  Why?
Because by the middle of January I'll most likely be sitting in a jail
cell -- not sure of when I'm getting out.  Why? Because I plan to take
some chalk and write "I LOVE YOU" to my son on the ground outside the
Syracuse Federal Building.  Will it get Sen. Clinton's attention,
perhaps, but almost a certainty if more Moms & Dads join me.

Reform is within our grasp. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to

                                       John Murtari
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