"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are (1977)

When I lived in Boston, a priest hearing my confession once suggested this song for me to meditate upon as my penance. I've always liked Billy Joel.


  1. If placed in the proper context, I can see why the priest asked you to meditate upon this song. A bit unorthodox, but nonetheless valid and worthwhile advice [Loved (by He) incomprehensibly, despite our failings, betrayals, and sinfulness].

    This priest had his heart in the right place.

    BTW, I too am a Billy Joel fan. He was just here in Las Vegas (about three weeks ago).

  2. In retrospect I think it is humorous - at the time it was very meaningful. And God bless him - I would have walked on burning coals if that was the penance he wanted to give me. I am eternally grateful to any priest who administered the sacrament to me - no matter what.

    It must be great living in Vegas!


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