Posted by: readerjohn | September 12, 2011

Tasty Tidbits 9/12/11

  1. Doubts about credulity.
  2. That Ponzi scheme.
  3. Frontier Flight 623.
  4. Celebrating a serious artistic achievement.
  5. Tolerance or love?
  6. The day everything really changed.

1

A New York Times editorial, on a topic I’ve visited repeatedly in the past few days, adds nothing except a nice rhetorical touch: “voters should have serious doubts about a man who seems to have none.”

2

The Wall Street Journal faults both Romney and Perry for not helping Social Security reform, though in Perry’s case the problem is “hot” rhetoric that may turn off voters more than the substance he’s trying to communicate.

3

On Frontier Flight 623, two passengers were observed “spending an extraordinarily long time in the lavatory,” causing F-16s to scramble and other anti-terrorist reactions.

Two passengers in one tiny jet aircraft bathroom? I can think of a lot likelier activities than bomb-making. Whatever became of the “sacred precincts of the marital bathroom”?

4

I am a middle-aged professor of political philosophy with a decidedly traditionalist scholarly disposition, and I have a confession to make.  I am convinced that the music of Bruce Springsteen represents a serious artistic achievement.

Gregory Butler at Front Porch Republic. I’m more a Bruce Cockburn fan, but since I’m not all that familiar with Springsteen, I can’t argue with Butler. The point to me is that even in a barbaric age, some people will “get it” and make art about it.

5

How do I tolerate thee? Let me count the ways.
I tolerate thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, …
I tolerate thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but tolerate thee better after death.

Mary Theroux, at The Beacon, reminds us of the Christian call to something more demanding than tolerance.

6

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, a thoughtful young Priest currently in Emmaus, PA, published his unusually topical homily from yesterday, reminding his parish of the day everything really changed, and of a war that’s gone on longer than our presence in Afghanistan.

I’m not quite sure how that connected to either the Gospel or Epistle reading appointed for yesterday, which is why I call the homily “unusually topical.”

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Bon appetit!


Responses

  1. No mention of 9/11 wormed its way into our homily, either, so I too wonder its connection to the Gospel reading. Even so, this passage from Fr. Andrew’s homily is a keeper:

    “Orthodox Christianity is about coming face to face with death, grappling with death, and wrestling it to the ground. It is not about accommodation to this world. Those who prefer to be accommodated to this world will always be utterly devastated by moments like 9/11, because they cut so sharply into the comfortable complacency of a consumerist culture. For them, it is true that nothing will ever be the same. But those who will not surrender, those who will not be defeated by death or by the world that death holds in its thrall, those who have put on Christ and struggle to put on Christ every day—they cannot be destroyed.”

  2. Sept. 11, 2011, is the Sunday before the Cross, and so the Gospel reading (John 3:13-17) points to the Cross (“as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”). And of course the homily is about the Cross.

    Where did you guys study homiletics, anyway? :)

    • I never formally studied homiletics, but I’ve roasted many a preacher in the car on the way home after Church. Does that count?


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