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SLATE: The Lawyers Showed Up
And because we still live in a country where the law matters, they won.
(Not completely, of course, but they're fighting back.)

VOX: Thousands of people are protesting Trump’s immigration order at airports across America

~

And here is the Pope, speaking in October:

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

I also found it especially apt that today's gospel was the Beatitudes. (Full readings here)

I want to quote everything, so go read...

OK, just the psalm:

The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.

The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

Ps 146, 6-10
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This year especially (Trump being the most glaring example), it seems as if we are constantly asking ourselves what has happened to the world. Shouldn't we have learned something from the past, shouldn't we be better than this now?

Well, earlier in the summer I was reading a small book with a collection of addresses/speeches given by Dorothy Sayers, mostly at the beginning of the Second World War. This part especially struck a chord with me. For those that would like the current events to be placed within a Christian framework, I have transcribed the relevant passage, and hope it makes sense standing alone.

I have also broken it up a little, as the big block of words was rather awkward to read.

Not behind us, beneath us )
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Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”
Luke 12:13-21
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So, before I go off to the Cherub's sports day, a few nice things to make you smile:

- Undoubtedly the single best thing to happen on 23rd of June: Pearl's first day on location

(It may be that her radiant smile will be one of the only things pulling us through the dark times ahead.)

- Pope: Gays and Others Marginalized Deserve an Apology

- US military 'to lift transgender ban'

- Schoolboys allowed to wear skirts under new 'gender neutral' uniform rules (Move is part of a drive for schools to be more open to children questioning their gender identity)

- Celebrating a year of marriage equality: “Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS) (This is a repost of piece Anne posted a year ago. ♥)
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This is one of my favourite pieces of music, and I look forward to it every year.





From the description:

Published on Mar 29, 2015
Rehearsal video of a version of the Good Friday Reproaches (No251 in the Laudate Hymnal).
This was recorded as part of my practice after mass so the microphone is off. I just like the sound of the church to practice in.

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"God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own — in the over-ripeness of the most splendid and sophisticated Empire the world has ever seen. In a nation famous for its religious genius and under a government renowned for its efficiency, He was executed by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators. His executioners made vulgar jokes about Him, called Him filthy names, taunted Him, smacked him in the face, flogged Him with the cat, and hanged Him on the common gibbet — a bloody, dusty, sweaty, and sordid business.

If you show people that, they are shocked. So they should be. If that does not shock them, nothing can. If the mere representation of it has an air of irreverence, what is to be said about the deed? It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear that story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all."


Dorothy L. Sayers, from the Introduction to The Man Born To Be King.
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I tried to find this hymn yesterday, but it's quite obscure. (It's the version by Peter Jones.) The best I've been able to do is this, which only contains the first verse. However it's so beautiful that I wanted to share:

The Reproaches (“O my people, what have I done to offend you so?”)
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Funeral for transgendered person at pope's church.

(The article gets the pronouns wrong, but apparently the priest got it right during the service.)
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Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis. (Pope doesn’t seem to mind the company.)

ETA: Now there's a video: From BBC News!
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A Big Heart Open to God.

This is very good. I'd pull out quotes, except I'd end up quoting the whole thing. And it 10,000+ words...
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(Was at in-laws all of yesterday. Hence the lateness of this post.)

I also wanted to share this story: Catholic High School Allows Male Couple to Attend Dance.

And the BBC has a lovely Easter slideshow.
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The pope's first press conference - NY Times here, BBC here.

If it continues like this...
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Welcome Pope Francis

(A Jesuit from Argentina, who prefers the bus to a limo and chooses the name Francis... I am hopeful.)
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At about the same time I found LJ, I came across this resource for Lent:

Praying Lent, an Online Ministry of Creighton University

(Catholic, but please don't let that put you off. <3)

I especially liked Beyond Giving Up Chocolate: Going Deeper in Lent.

ETA: DIY SOS is the perfect viewing... The level of generosity and kindness is just amazing. As is the commitment and love of the people they help, who have to carry burdens I can't imagine.

ETA2: Andrew Sullivan's Quote For Ash Wednesday.
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I've yet to write about the Christmas Special. Partly because I've not quite got my head together, and partly because other people have contributed vast and wonderful metas that you should all read. I have assembled a list:

The Memory of Snow: The Snowmen. by [livejournal.com profile] lonewytch

The Frozen Mirror by [livejournal.com profile] janie_aire

Shameless speculation on Clara by [livejournal.com profile] 10littlebullets

Eyes Front, Soldier by [livejournal.com profile] janie_aire

And finally this one (title is spoilery) by [livejournal.com profile] ibishtar which goes into another side of things.

For now I mostly want to pull out this snippet, from the beginning of [livejournal.com profile] janie_aire first essay, because I think it's pretty spot-on, and very much how I see the show:

The first thing to keep in mind is the intent and purpose of Doctor Who at this point in time. I maintain that it's positioning itself as mythology. The functions of mythology are to supply the symbols that represent the collective psyche of a society, to transmit a set of values if not a philosophy pointing the way to a life lived well, and to identify the pitfalls and fantasies that get in the way of our wholeness, if not our happiness -- especially the problems posed by suffering and death.

Most of all, mythology permits a sideways communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Inscribed upon the Temple of Apollo in Delphi of Ancient Greece were two words: Know Thyself. In the current Revival, there is a question to answer: it's more easily recognized as "Doctor who?" but it is, in fact, "Who are you?" So this is what defines the show's current orientation.

Now this (to me) very much ties in with this amazing quote about the symbols used in religion and language:

Notes on Poetry and Religion

Hopefully at some point I'll manage to turn all this into writing, but for now, this is a glimpse into where my head's at. (My header also gives a good indication... *g*)

This.

29 May 2012 08:47 pm
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Otis Moss, III Challenges Fellow Black Clergy On Marriage Equality For Gays And Lesbians.

Money quote:

The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, “Should all Americans have the same civil rights?” This is a radically different question than the one you raised with the ministers, “Does the church have the right to perform or not perform certain religious rites.” There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective.

Read the whole thing, it's beautiful.

This.

29 May 2012 08:47 pm
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Otis Moss, III Challenges Fellow Black Clergy On Marriage Equality For Gays And Lesbians.

Money quote:

The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, “Should all Americans have the same civil rights?” This is a radically different question than the one you raised with the ministers, “Does the church have the right to perform or not perform certain religious rites.” There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective.

Read the whole thing, it's beautiful.

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