It has been a rough week for us all, iMonks. It’s in times like these I long to retreat to a true monastery and shut out the world. Unfortunately, that is a vocation only a very few are called to. For the rest of us, we must walk in places where bombs and fertilizer factories explode. Where madmen mail poison to those they disagree with. Where those we look up to grow old and die. It is in this world Jesus has placed us. It is here where he tells us to not let our hearts be troubled. So let us hold hands, iMonks, as we walk where troubled hearts seem to be the order of the day. Now, shall we ramble?
Yes, it was a very rough week in our nation. I’m not sure we really needed wall-to-wall coverage of the manhunt in Boston yesterday. The bombs that killed and maimed those in Boston were a horrible reminder that there are those who want nothing but to steal, kill and destroy. But should we grant them their desire of worldwide attention? And what of those who died as heroes in West, Texas? Where were the news vans and satellite uplink trucks and beautifully-coiffed talking heads to report on this tragedy? Could it be that news is more important when it happens on the east coast where there are more potential viewers? Could it be that “news” outlets are simply entertainment venues that exist not for the public good but for one rea$on alone? Yes, it could be. And it is.
Just because we all need to have our souls washed right now, please stop and read this story. Then tell me if it wouldn’t be better to hear about the Frosty Westerings of the world more than we hear about those who want to blow things up.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal says he’s fine with creationism being taught in public schools, as long as it is based on “good science.” What? A politician who makes sense? What is this world coming to?
Speaking of good science, it seems the majority of pastors in the United States doubt manmade global warming is real. Yet many of these same pastors promote recycling in their churches. If … then … Oh please, make it all stop. I like the planet we live on. Why can’t we each do our part to keep it nice? Is that asking too much?
Oy. Mindfulness? Lying on your back in a dark room is “mindfulness”? And we wonder why little Johnny can’t make change at McDonald’s when he’s 23. This just had to be done in Ohio …
And just to prove my home state does not have a monopoly on stupid, my adopted state of Oklahoma features state legislators like this one who find it comical to slander an entire ethnic group, and then laugh about it. Oh, and get a load of how he tries to make it right. Rule one when you find yourself in a hole: Stop digging.
Wow. I really, really like Pope Francis. Not only is his teaching in this homily very theologically sound, but just look at that picture. This man seems too humble to be true. Still, how long will it be before we see “God spray” t-shirts in Hot Topic at the mall?
Not everyone is thrilled with our new pope. The group of nuns in the U.S. who were hoping a new pope would take up their cause are disappointed to find he is not willing to bend in what he sees as right. One thing I really like about the Catholic Church is that you don’t get to pick and choose what you like and don’t like about it. You either buy the whole parcel or none at all.
Speaking of nones, the Barna Group has come up with a list of criteria to determine if one is post-Christian or not. What do you think of this list of items? Where do you score? Talk among yourselves.
Homeless Jesus has finally found a home. Why did it take so long? If this had been “Happy Jesus chasing butterflies” would it have taken so long?
Finally, artist Storm Thorgerson died this week. Thorgerson designed some of the most iconic album covers ever, including the cover for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. A sad day indeed.
It was a happy day for these who celebrated another birthday this last week, including Don Adams; Tony Dow; Al Green; Max Weinberg; Rod Steiger; Pete Rose; Ritchie Blackmore; Roy Clark; Charlie Chaplin; Henry Mancini; Kareem-Abdul Jabbar; Jane Leeves; Conan O’Brien; and Ashley Judd.
Max Weinberg has chops. Major chops. But who knew his son does as well? This video is just sick, sick in the most righteous sense of the word. Buckle up for this one, and enjoy.