Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Grief and madness and light

Almost lost amid the grief of this day, the US Supreme Court has narrowly ruled against the idea of a constitutional right to the most horrific of all abortion procedures.

Are we a culture dependent on violence to break the monotony of materialism? Have violent films, video games, and the abundance of guns merged into some sort of moral superstorm?

I wonder.

This latest mass shooting has set a new record for the number of victims. Chilling is the thought that gunmen on the edge of madness might be taking note of such records.

At least this very dark day brings some ray of light. Human life in the womb now enjoys the possibility of an increased measure of legal protection. The violence outside the womb remains unaddressed.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Why Don't We Care About The War?

The country's inability to focus on the war in Iraq borders on an obscene failure of character. At this writing, the nation's fleeting attention span is being spent on the racist/sexist comments of a foul radio celebrity.

Meanwhile.......................

Tours of duty in Iraq are being extended to 15 months.

The American dead number over 3,000.

The American wounded number over 20,000.

Noone can give us an accuarate count of the Iraqi dead.

Vice President Cheney continues to tell people that Sadam helped Bin Laden plan 9-11.

Weapons of mass destruction have never been found.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Our Multiracial Future

It's not the end of racism, of course, but the extraordinary rise of mixed race marraiges (being reported today) is a sign of hope that the future of America will not be divided into racial camps. One of the best characteristics about today's young people is their willingness to date and marry across racial lines. The babies born of these unions may help us heal old, old wounds.

As one of my parishoners once told me, "it's hard to hate your grandchildren."

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Monday 2007

Easter was especially sweet this year. The small church for which I am "interim priest" was simply radiant with its shrine to the Infant Jesus flanked by an abundance of lillies and visited by prayerfully old women and wide-eyed children (some looking for chocolate eggs).

We began with the new fire in the pilgrim's courtyard on the north side of the church. It was a chilly night but the Oklahoma wind was Quaker calm. The flame took hold quickly and was soon spread to the fifty or so humble candles held by the church's most fervent sons and daughters. A pool of flickering light in a darkened world. I thought of the fire in the courtyard of the High Priest's house. I half expected someone to ask us, surely you people are his disciples?

Yes, we know the man.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Bar Exam Results

By the grace of God, I passed the bar exam. I will be sworn in as a lawyer on April 27th.

A priest-lawyer. I like the sound of that.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Passion Sunday 2007

This is what I want you to see: a volitile city crowded with restless pilgrims whose fervor is notoriously unpredictable. See an aristocratic Roman governor disdainful of all things Jewish. I want you to see grasping priests and shrewd politicians huddle in anxious conspriacy. I want you to see weak and terrified disciples running across a darkening landscape. You must see the gathering storm.

And, at the center of it all, see this: one righteous man standing alone. He is the source of light for this painting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards: American Hero

Cheers for Elizabeth Edwards for reminding us that cancer patients are not obligated to meekly crawl into bed in gloomy anticipation of a final breath. Some suspect ambition is a motiviating factor for Edwards' decision to carry on. Maybe, but, so what? Ambition to live every every moment of this life is heroic.