Monday, February 21, 2011

under pressure


"and love dares you to care for
the people on the edge of the night
and love dares you to change our way of
caring about ourselves" (Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure, 1981)

as once described by Hildebrand, one must be careful of science fetishism - the thought that science can answer all our problems. science and religion can get along, indeed, they are part of the same axis - where one ends the other begins, however, at all times being intertwined as DNA.

i'm back from my week vacation in the winter desert of Moncton, NB. 2.5 meters of snow have fell, and it is still falling! people were shovelling not the driveways but their roofs because of the weight of the snow! under pressure! ee da de da de (a little scat for ya - something i first learned from Mel Tormé, through Night Court, of course). but i like the idea of the desert - that's where one goes to find oneself. it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. indeed, it was great to see family, but after returning from PE-Island, i was sick for the whole week. i'm still recovering now. good times, de day da ee day da - that's o.k.
"we groan in pain as we await the redemption of our bodies." (Office of Reading Antiphon, Wednesday Week II)
i'm sure scientist have felt this, and religious know this truth as well. however, science focuses only on the body. you wouldn't ask philosophy to answer a scientific question, but why then ask science to answer philosophical questions? Christians, Catholics, know that we are both body and soul - one cannot ignore either! some scientists emphasize one, claiming the other does not exist. some heretical theologians would also emphasize the soul, hoping to forget about the body. one needs to take care of both if one wants to be healthy. why is that so difficult?

last week, because my lack of health was persisting, i decided to go to the doctor. i had no choice, my mom told me to do it! and so, very reluctantly, i called the doctor, made an appointment, showed up, waited, saw him and told him of my woes. while in the waiting room, i prayed the Office of Reading, where i have quoted the first Antiphon that punched me in the face! i realized then and there, that i really do have take care of my body. it was a revelation! i have been emphasizing too much my soul, while neglecting my body. no more! i also realized how some people felt about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

who's want to go to the priest and tell him our sins - they are ugly, and we don't feel good about it. we'd rather be able to take care of ourselves, indeed, we'd like to be independent always. similarly, why would i want to call the doctor? i don't want him to see my runny nose, or my hurts and pains - let me take care of myself already, i'll be fine. it doesn't work like that, does it - in either case! out of humility, i realize i need the help of others. i go to the doctor, so he can help me be healthy in body. i go to the priest, so he can help me be healthy in soul. one is a doctor of the body, another is a doctor of mercy. one is a teacher of healthy living, another is a teacher of truth. being dependant on others is not childish, but a sign of maturity.

peace, de dat de dat da da!

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