"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, November 13, 2010
Frequent fliers and those who move to the UK frequently pick up a slight British accent. It happened to Madonna and Gwyneth. I find it charming myself. I actually write with a British accent sometimes... you just can't tell.
Over the years I've noted how students who have studied abroad, or spent a lot of time with Mother Teresa and people from India have a little foreign lilt to their voice.
I had a religious priest-friend who pretty much imitated Missionary of Charity speak all the time - a slight British/Indo accent. When I was younger, I adopted it myself for awhile. Everyone knew I must have just come from Europe and must be pretty well educated and maybe even holy. I pretended not to notice their admiration and kept repeating, "Jesus meek and humble...." in order to stave off becoming full of pride.
Once while I was doing the first reading for Mass at a friar's first profession outside of Boston, I used that voice - raising my eyes on occasion, I caught a glimpse of a priest friend I knew watching me. It was almost as if I could read his thought, "Who the hell are you performing for?"
He knew I was a phony.