Thursday, February 21, 2013

do it anyway

"there i was in outer space, passing through a
portal that magically closed behind me.  today, i am
attending a private gathering of the silly creatures who are
performing a musical ritual which i find fascinating.
i shall take many notes and report back soon.
love your uncle, traveling Matt fr. jsb."
"you might put your love and trust on the line, it's risky, people love to tear that down
let 'em try, do it anyway
risk it anyway" (Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway, 2012)
what does Mother Teresa and Ben Folds Five have in common?  i had no idea either until i heard this song!  indeed, i love both, but this song ... i hope you are sitting down when you hear it.  another transfiguration moment for me!  i grew up with Fraggle Rock!  i love music.  throw in some theology in there, and BAM!  you just kicked it up a notch.

some days are like that though.  do it anyway.  some months are like that, too!  do it anyway.  my Pope resigned.  my pastor is sick.  and i am falling apart.  i exaggerate, of course!  don't worry, ... too much. :)

i felt bad that i hadn't written in so long.  and it will be a little while longer too, since on the weekend, i will be experiencing my second Ottawa Challenge, Cursillo for the youth!  i had such a great time last fall, and look forward to this weekend too!  indeed, experiencing the joy of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ feeds my body and soul.  peace.

ps.  Mother's Teresa's prayer, Do It Anyway:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
ps.  can't forget the video, eh?


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