Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from November, 2014

How Far Would You Go For Love?

Last Friday I enjoyed a double feature at the Alamo Drafthouse: John Wick (an old school revenge shooter type movie) and Interstellar the latest Christopher Nolan movie starring Matthew McConaughey. There is a ton of buzz around the movie, and I'll leave the "does it live up to the hype?" argument to others. 

There are two huge quotes from McConaughey's character that had huge impacts on me:

"We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt."
"We were born here, but never meant to die here."
The first quote is a feeling I share, regret of the loss of the manned space flight programs. Yes, they were expensive and dangerous, but when we stop exploring we stop evolving. Just this morning a probe landed on a comet, and that is an exciting achievement, but it's not the same as astronauts going to the moon or Mars. The second quote is the mission statement of the movie. Earth…

All Saints Day: A Litany to Honor Women

(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

All Saints Day, observed November 1, is a day to celebrate the lives of the departed faithful. That being said, All Saints is also about God's sanctifying grace, giving us the hope of being transformed into saints in this life. The mothers of Plaza de Mayo and Alice Walker are still living; their witness echoes that of the other women listed here.

---
We walk in the company of the women who have gone before, mothers of the faith both named and unnamed, testifying with ferocity and faith to the Spirit of wisdom and healing. They are the judges, the prophets, the martyrs, the warriors, the poets, lovers and saints who are near to us in the shadow of awareness, in the crevices of memory, in the landscape of our dreams.

We walk in the company of Deborah, who judged the Israelites with authority and strength.

We walk in the company of Esther, who used her position as queen to ensure the welfare of her people.

We walk in the comp…