Today is my one day off. I have swum, grocery shopped, done laundry, prepared lunch, and put my feet up to read. …and then I came across an article which described a new 6-story apart complex being developed in the North Hyde Park area of Tampa. Some of the apartments will be 400 sq. ft.! Yikes, that is still larger than my room on the submarine which I shared with 2 other officers, but that is still tiny. The article mentioned that they were going to equip the micro-apartments with robotic furniture from OriLiving, a startup tech company with roots in the design and urban design schools of MIT. The founder, Hassier Larea, has a very interesting video on equipping the micro-apartment. I wonder what they could have done for submarines!
Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by the first anti-pope Novatian of Carthage. The great controversy that arose was as a result of the Decian persecution. In the wake of the persecution the question faced by the Church was whether or not the Church could pardon and receive back into the Church those who had apostatized in the face of martyrdom.
In next Sunday’s Gospel, we will encounter the disciples wondering about who among them will be the greatest in the Kingdom – and Jesus’ response to their chatter: Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:35-37)