July 15, 2010

Various & Sundry

Akin asks (<- alliteration intended): Did Obama Lie? (More interesting to me is what Stupak is thinking now, he whose name lends itself to unfortunate variations.)

Obama telegraphed his lack of veracity before the election, so it's not as though we can plead ignorance. On the plus side, he seems to be doing a good job relieving hope & changers of their quasi-religious belief in him.

I never thought I'd say, "vote for Lindsay Lohan" but I think it fits for this O'Reilly poll.

Funniest thing I'd read on the LeBron James controversy (and please, sensitive ears skip this) was when one reader suggested his comment "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach" be the newest euphemism for masturbation. (Sorry you had to read that but then I did warn you.)

I'd forgotten that Andrew Greeley suffered a terrible brain injury, from which he is still recovering. May God be gentle with him.

I can't help liking him, for reasons I can't quite put a finger on but in part surely are due to his Irish charm and candor. His beliefs are hard to stomach, and he gave several thousand dollars to the Obama campaign. Greeley is nothing if not brave, Martin Luther brave, and sometimes I have a sneaking admiration for those positivists like him who are willing to take such chances with their salvation.

His final column, or what could be his final column, was published just days before the presidential election. (His accident occurred just three days after that election.) It's political in nature, and has a good dollop of that famous Irish pessimism: "Despite the polls, I don't think [he can be elected]."

Sort of odd that two of the better known clerics in the U.S., Fr. Greeley and Fr. Groeschel, both published authors and PhDs in scientific fields (or at least as scientific as psychology and sociology get), would both experience brain trauma in accidents involving motor vehicles.

Fr. Greeley's accident appears to have been worse.

Daily quote, from "Assaulted by Joy":
Being weak is part of the deal when we follow Christ...Cynicism doesn't allow much room for that. It covers up the broken heart we're afraid to let anyone heal.

I think God teaches us about our strengths and gifts through struggles. I think he teaches us gratitude and peace during happy times. But I think joy stands outside the process altogether. Something bigger than suffering or happiness calls us. We need more than a mission statement and goals that match our gifts. Amidst all our striving we need the quiet, steady peace that comes from being attached to something other than our own fortunes. Joy comes from being attached to something other than yourself. Someone, actually...I became a cynic because I didn't believe in that connection. Through my family, God is knocking the cynicism out of me...Love doesn't go away, especially God's love.

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