<US>God's Children; WE'RE BACK!

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <usualsuspects@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 07:29:11 -0500

 .=:  U S U A L    S U S P E C T S  :=.
      from Father Pat Umberger      

"Round up the usual suspects"  ~"Casablanca," the movie

 B A C K    U P    A N D    R U N N I N G

Our Usual Suspects Group is back up and running after severe list server
problems and a web host and software developer pointing fingers at each
other for weeks. Finally, I moved our lists to Freelists.org.  Special
thanks to John Madden for agreeing to host our lists.  Freelists hosts only
technology-related lists, so we'll increase our highlighting of technology a
bit, too.  If you have ideas, pleas send them to me! Service with Freelists
should be better and faster . so I should be able to increase the number of
posts to this group.  It was very hard when it was taking up to 24 hours to
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A forward from member Anita, from San Diego ...

    G O D ' S    C H I L D R E N

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the
thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.  And the first
thing he said was, "Don't."

"Don't what ?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit?  We have forbidden fruit?  Hey, Eve ....  we have
forbidden fruit !"

"No way !"

"Yes, way !"

"Do NOT eat the fruit !" said God.

"Why ?"

"Because I am your Father and I said so !" God replied, (wondering why he
hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants).

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and was He

"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit ?" God, as our first parent, asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?" said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it !" Adam said,

"Did not !"

"Did too !"


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve
should have children of their own.  Thus, the pattern was set and it has
never changed!  But there is reassurance in this story.  If we have
persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't
taken it, we don't need to be hard on ourselves.  If God had trouble raising
children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for us?


May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe,

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10


U S U A L    S U S P E C T S

These are called ?Usual Suspects? posts.  In the movie ?Casablanca? when there 
was a problem the police chief said, ?Round up the usual suspects.?  When 
forwarding inspiring e-mails I found I was sending them to the same people over 
and over again.  The ?Casablanca? quote came to mind and the mail-list took on 
the name ?Usual Suspects.?

The <US>Usual Suspects Group began as a separate e-mail list with..  A post or 
two are sent each week, consisting of inspirational and humorous Stories and 
anecdotes forwarded to me by our members.

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anybody. They come from different theologies and points of view that aren't 
necessarily Father Pat's, Catholic, or that of Father Pat's Diocese or the 
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