My Mom told me about this happening at the school I graduated from and now I see it is on the national news wire-
School System Chief Bans Pastoral Visits over Lunch
Jim Brown, Agape
Here's my shot at documenting what I'd call the miraculous.
My Mother in Law's phone was reported out on Monday of last week. She could not call out and no one could call in. On last Tuesday about 2:20 PM she was bending over to put on her shoes so she could go out and get her paper and her hipbone snapped. She wriggled onto her good side, crawled across the floor and tried calling since she lives alone- it's all she could think to do. The phone WORKED and she reached my Brother in Law who called the ambulance from his cell phone.
You have probably received it in your inbox- a glowing review of The Passion purportedly by commentator Paul Harvey. If you forwarded it- gotcha! It is an urban legend- in fact it is currently the most searched item at snopes.com. Here is a link to the original, legit review.
Caught the Diane Sawyer interview with Mel Gibson last night. I was impressed. To paraphrase what friend Larry said, if I can agree with any Christian brother on 95 percent of what he says especially when I agree with him 105 percent on some things he says, that is a good thing.
ABCNews also has a poll that says most evangelicals do not blame the Jews for the death of Christ- But I have known of some hatemongers who are just looney/weird/mean enough to cheer a pogrom so I understand the fear...
I look forward to seeing how the mystical aspects of the mass are threaded into the film. Catholics do not have the market cornered on symbol and mystery and the power to engage the mind on levels the spoken word cannot approach.
Three quotes from Merton
"Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time." -- Thomas Merton
"Come, in my labor find a resting place And in my sorrows lay your head, Or rather take my life and blood And buy yourself a better bed- Or take my breath and take my death And buy yourself a better rest." --Thomas Merton
"The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt." -- Thomas Merton
Found a very interesting blog by a young lady who shows herself to be both thoughtful and contemplative (there is a difference, you know). She has been reading Merton and has better tastes in music than I, so I will read here again.
Why are the blogs crying over CT's webzine section that premiered this issue? What is the big deal?
From the personal weblog of Anthony Foster @http://anthonyfoster.com/blog/