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Broken Record

I just ran across this poem in a collection of readings titled " Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits ,"and wanted to pass it on, because I figure if it struck a deep chord in me, it might in others... Broken Record Grandparenting God, You see our sin as symptomatic stutter, self-effacing struggle to ignore the confounding reality of Your willful vulnerability: "I love you because I can't do anything else. I made you, every last part of you: all that's hidden and all that's revealed, all that's muddled and even all that's clear. You are, at the risk of repeating Myself, dear to Me. You are precious in My eyes because... just because you are Mine. That's enough for Me. And it will have to do for you. Wrestle with it until you get tired and then relax and give in. Take a deep breath and enjoy." --Michael Moynahan, SJ

Don't Judge.

The parable we'll hear this Sunday was told to people who were self-righteous and who have contempt for others.   Or to bring it home, the parable we'll hear on Sunday was told to that part in each of us that is self-righteous and tends to be contempteous.   The parable goes like this: Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other one was a tax collector. The Pharisee prayed like this: "God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I tithe." Stop right there and consider something: What this man said was probably true: Pharisees did hold themselves to very high moral standards. This man probably did not extort money from other people. He probably was just in his dealings with others. He probably was faithful to his wife. He probably did fast twice a week. He probably did return his pledge card on time <grin> and

Judging Politicians

Three seemingly unrelated events converged this past week that have gotten me to thinking about politics and judgmental attitudes.   The first event was yesterday's memorial service for Jessie Thackrey , a pillar not only of the faith community of The Falls Church, but a courageous leader and pillar of the community of the City of Falls Church. As many recounted at Jessie's 100th birthday celebrations earlier this year and again yesterday, Jessie had a way of standing her ground and advocating for what she believed in, without alienating or offending or minimizing others. The second event was yesterday's re-opening of the United States government after a 16-day shutdown . Federal offices, public parks, research projects, and community programs resumed their work after more than two weeks of stoppage, a stoppage that has had immediate negative consequences on the morale of public servants and as-yet-to-be-fully-understood negative consequences to a still-fragile