Maybe the “apple” was covered with chocolate?

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Monsignor Charles Pope takes a closer look at the events leading up to The Fall of Man.

IPhone’s Siri won’t refer for abortion: Adopted Steve Jobs’ last word from beyond the grave?

“Siri is doing exactly what it was built to do—provide answers to questions like, “Where can I get an abortion?” using its own algorithms and the online resources it has available to craft answers.”

“Consider the current kerfuffle. This is simplifying things a bit, but the gist of this story is that Siri is getting hung up on a word, “abortion,” because organizations that actually offer abortion services tend not to use the word as much as anti-abortion organizations do. So when Siri goes looking for where to get an “abortion” in the digital wordscape of the Internet, lo and behold, it returns addresses for Crisis Pregnancy Centers rather than Planned Parenthood.” (via Siri is Dumb. There, We Said It. | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.)

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Even a Smart Phone can tell you abortion is wrong!

Apple is being accused of using its new IPhone 4S to promote an anti-abortion agenda. IPhone 4S users in big cities have found that when they ask their IPhone to locate abortion clinics, the phone’s new voice-assistant, Siri, says she can’t find any. Instead, she directs users to “crisis pregnancy” centers, which do not offer abortion services.

When an IPhone user named Kristen asked Siri why she is anti-abortion, the phone responded, “I just am, Kristen.”

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Steve Jobs dead at 56

Jobs’ personal ethos — a natural food lover who embraced Buddhism and New Age philosophy — was closely linked to the public persona he shaped for Apple. Apple itself became a statement against the commoditization of technology — a cynical view, to be sure, from a company whose computers can cost three or more times as much as those of its rivals.

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A Story: ‘Excuse me, are you Jesus?’

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‘Excuse me, are you Jesus?’

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.

In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere.

Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did.

The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, ‘Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?’ She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, ‘I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.’

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, ‘Mister….’ He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, ‘Are you Jesus?’

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: ‘Are you Jesus?’ Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye, even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary, and paid for our damaged fruit.

Submitted by Joan P. 

A Faith Question

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Q: I am trying to understand the Christian faith, is this accurate?
You believe that you must telepathically convince a Jewish zombie who was also his own father that you believe in him in order to lift an ancient evil curse that was placed on an invisible place in your body when a woman who was also another person’s rib was tricked into eating a magical apple by a talking snake?

A:  Just about as accurate as one person trying to convince another, in a whole different part of the world, of a certain point of view, by punching out various sequences on a flat plate that’s covered with alpha-numeric symbols, causing a myriad of colored dots to light up, while simultaneously sending billions of tiny electric impulses down a wire, at the speed of light, through a series of mysterious and unseen, non-human intermediaries, using a mouse.