Sometimes, by the time I get around to writing about something, it's already old news. Its amazing these days, how a big event could take place and literally a week later, no one is talking about it. So, what's the stupid old news I want to provide a random thought about? The Oscars. Yes, stupid and old. The night they were on, I was sitting in a booth in an Italian restaurant waiting for my veggie pizza and there it was, on the big screen right in front of me. For a moment, I had a macabre fascination, like rubber-necking when you pass a car accident. You just can't help yourself, even though you know you might see something you don't want to. When I finally came to my senses, I moved to the other side of the booth and felt a great sense of relief, like I had just been dangling off the edge of a cliff and someone rescued me. After all, why would I be interested in watching a bunch of creepy people giving themselves awards? They don't have the great sacrament of Penance. All they can do to assuage their guilt is praise themselves. When we don't worship God anymore, we make men our gods. Do they know how foolish they look? Grown women posing in their princess dresses like 4-year-olds, our modern-day clowns and jesters (freak show might be more like it) preaching to us about politics, a collection of drug-addicts and adulterers, people who can't even run their own lives, telling us what we should think. Theater....of the absurd.....
This is what the world does to us....its like a many-tentacled evil octopus (yes, I just said that-go easy on me-I'm trying to get through this day without Advil)....attacking us from all angles, even when we are innocently waiting for a pizza, reaching around our throats. We must use our heavenly sword to cut the tentacles, free ourselves....the fact is, we are indeed dangling off a cliff....and below is hellfire. If it were an actual cliff, would you go right up to the edge? Or would you stay far from the edge? We must remind ourselves, in this increasingly pagan, atheistic culture, of the spiritual dangers all around us. What is the true answer? I believe the answer is radical: a new culture. But that's another post for another day!
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How do I know there is a God? Coffee. Its the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. When I take those first few sips of that divine liquid, hot and fresh....yes, I know there must be a God. If you're not a coffee drinker....no idea what you're missing!
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And another morning contemplation: There is a sparkling white marble staircase that leads straight to Heaven. Each and every day, we as faithful Roman Catholics, ascend one step higher...now that's exciting! Better than coffee and better than....the Oscars!