"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.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The Tuscon Memorial Service: "A Celebration of Life"...
"The lack of etiquette and decorum... Oh my dear! Who invited the riff-raff in?"
Actually, I was impressed with the President's address at the memorial in Tuscon, and I was buoyed by the enthusiasm of the crowd. I paid no attention to the political signs and t-shirts - these days everyone promotes something. (How about some coffee with that Ham?) Anyway, I stopped watching midway, satisfied the President was there, attempting to rally the country and honoring the dead, while affirming the wounded. Like I said, I was impressed, but I had some painting to do and I tire of political rhetoric on how we should all just get along.
The critics are out en masse today - that's just fine - that's contemporary American life. Yet before 'they' go too far ripping apart the event for lack of decorum and sobriety, let them examine the way we do funerals in this country these days - even in Catholic churches. It's no longer a funeral rite, but a celebration of life. The dead aren't dead - they 'passed Go' and went straight to heaven - while the sick and wounded always fight to live - because life is worth celebrating and cheering and everyone is a hero and a champion in the Super Bowl of life.
Fact is, most secular Americans take these events personally and seriously, and they observe and participate in them the only way they know how. Give people a break in times like these.