There's ever the thrill of finding out what lands next on my Google Reader, and today's gem was a bit by Friar Minor about the epiphany:
"Maybe I notice this every year and forget, or maybe I never caught it before, but it's interesting that Leo the Great, in the Office of Readings today, recommends for our imitation not the magi but the star. 'The obedience of the star calls us to imitate its humble service: to be servants, as best we can, of the grace that invites all men to find Christ.'"I rather liked that because it soothes the old ache of seeing creation as cold and impersonal, as an evolution-inspired thing. Seeing the created world as God-made lets us not have to wait for supernatural events in order to praise the Lord. The beauty of the sun and trees - those things I can actually SEE - shows me that there is something beyond me, a greatness. It's the rare time that my senses actually work for me instead of against me.
Am re-reading "Love in the Ruins" by Walker Percy, which included this rather direct dialogue: "You know what's wrong with you? You don't love God, you love p-ssy!" Yes, pretty darn direct. The world in a nutshell: worshiping the wrong thing.
So finished up the Judy Collins saga. She followed a Heather King arc, though without the Christianity: drank for 20 years, miserable, blackouts, depressed, found rehab, it "took" and she's been sober with respect to both drink and romance, the latter which had been a revolving bed affair. One does get a sense of just how powerful knowledge can be, since she was never told - and had no idea - that it wasn't that she drank because she was depressed, but she was depressed because she drank. After more than a decade of "therapists" who recommended free love in order to help solve the underlying issues that they said provoked her drinking, it was revolutionary to consider the reverse. Turns out some people are just of an addictive bent and thus get bent. Her life did seem to change on a dime with sobriety, beginning with her love life: she met her husband shortly thereafter and they've been together since '78.