See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, August 19, 2011

World Youth Day...



In Somalia.
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More photos.

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  1. Yeah. I get the sentiment. But the poor are always with us. Having a celebration of faith isn't going to feed these children anymore than it will create more.


    Don't protest the breaking of the alabaster jar and the spilling of the oil ....

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  2. When Jesus said, "I was hungry and you fed me," it wasn't a sentiment. 5 minutes worth of exegesis will clearly break open the meaning of "the poor will always be with us."

    Good post, Terry. If they were wrapped in a uterus people would be bawling their eyes out.

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  3. Kat - I'm not at all - but thanks for calling me a Judas - and I mean that sincerely. Truth is, I am simply struck by the irony of how things are - reality bites. It is like when a parent or loved one dies and you note that the world keeps going on and doesn't notice - I'm not denigrating WYD.

    I'm not sure why everyone immediately responds or interprets stuff like this in a negative light?

    I watched network news last night and couldn't get the images out of my mind.

    Party on.

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  4. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Still praying for the end of the famine, but PLEASE REDOUBLE YOUR EFFORTS during these last couple days of WYD.

    Ask for an out pouring of grace, holiness, gifts of the Holy Ghost(Spirit), of the virtues, reconciliations, deepening of understanding and love for the faith and the Church and her mission in the world, vocations, healings...

    Clark

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  5. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Oh - Voris mentioned yesterday that Coca Cola paid for most of WYD.

    Thoughts?

    Clark

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  6. God made us joyful for a reason. Should we never be happy because some where some one is grieving? C'mon!

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  7. Silly, of course we should be joyful.

    That said, we also have a responsibility to these people.

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  8. I never said we didn't have a responsibility.

    I just think drawing the comparison between the WYD events and the images posted is pointless, without commentary. If Terry wants to emphasize the irony, then SAY that.

    It's a good tactic though, admittedly one I use from time to time. Say nothing and let the viewer draw their own conclusions to the author's meaning ... which may very well be nothing at all but the creation of comments. As done successfully here.

    But I think it would be disingenuous of Terry to think it wouldn't be interpreted any other way.

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  9. +JMJ+

    I once knew a young (Catholic) man whose prayer before meals always included the line, "And let us remember those who have no food."

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  10. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Meow.

    Saucer of milk for one.

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  11. Anonymous12:46 PM

    The Pharisees attacked Christ for feasting and Terry seems to expect people to do something beyond their natural abilities for the poor, based on an AP photo seeks a response and his own vague sense of resentment of World Youth Day.

    Mmmm...

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  12. Anonymous12:48 PM

    The Pharisees attacked Christ for feasting and Terry seems to expect people to do something beyond their natural abilities for the poor, based on an AP photo while seeking to excite some emotional response, coupled with his own vague sense of resentment of World Youth Day.

    Mmmm...

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  13. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Stop blogging, sell your computer and send them your money.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demagogy

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  14. Hi Cyril or is it... ;)

    I am a pharisee, to be sure. God reward you.

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  15. A wise man named Qohelth, "the Teacher," once was inspired to write...

    He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot flnd out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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  16. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Thank you Terry, This reminded me to pray for these children. I will take it with me to adoration this afternoon especially.

    Andrew

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  17. Anonymous1:43 PM

    "If they were wrapped in a uterus people would be bawling their eyes out."

    Thom, SFO,
    This sounds terribly bitter and sarcastic.

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  18. Bitter? Perhaps. I would say cynical, jaded, and disappointed.

    Is it true? Absolutely it is.

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  22. Anonymous3:01 PM

    "I smell a tranny @ 1:41"
    "No 2:01 he's just a lonely CD."

    I don't know what this is about. I commented on this post because it made me realize that in the midst of all that is going on, I need to pray for these people. I forgot about praying for the poor and hungry.

    Terry, I read your blog often and I make comments like this not to look pious or get attention, but to let you know that some posts make a diffence. I believe in the power of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I don't even know what these anonymous posters are calling me, but what evere it is it doesn't sound too good.

    Andrew

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  25. Don't worry about them, Andrew. Odds are they're unemployed and laid up on a computer at the library or retired, friendless, and alone in their apartment houses amusing themselves.

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  26. Just be happy you can make their days a little brighter, even at your expense.

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  31. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Thanks for the shoutout

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  33. The greater tragedy in Somalia is that Al-Shabaab reportedly withholds food aid from Christians or those suspected of Christianity. Others deny that there's a famine and claim that it's a ruse to get people to convert to Christianity.

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  34. I have to say that I did not see this post in the negative light that it seems to have been taken.

    When I saw the headline and the picture, I was moved to remember the suffering children in drought stricken areas in my Mass intention along with the youth in Madrid with the Pope.

    I think there is room to remember both. After all, the Holy See's own website has been keeping the famine front and center.

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