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Going around and coming around on a special day

A Merry Christmas to all.   Not a bad time to talk about religion.  It’d be a better time to talk about beliefs.  At times there is a disconnect between the two.  Hearts and minds isn’t just about a military program.

The other night I watched Luther.  (PBS-BBC) and I am a Lutheran with 9 years of parochial school and I found the movie gave me more about who and what created the reformation than the 9 years (Kindergarten thru 8th)  of religious teaching did.  It a good flick for anyone to take in.  Sometimes he got it right and other times he missed the point.  He didn’t do secular well — an ecumenical failing.

John and Helen were good friends.  Catholic.  On evening when I stopped by, they were heading to church for some holy day and invited me.  The time before my visit to a mass was in the old Latin liturgy.  This one was guitars and English.  Hey, it was the 70’s.  Now I’d been told that they were nothing like us and here the liturgy was word for word.  I knew every response.  Son of a gun!

We really can be nitpickers can’t we?  Although, on the religious front he had his point as the movie makes clear.

Their new Pope is an interesting change.  He may shake the joint up more than Luther.  He sure isn’t like Leo X; he seems to be a more insightful version of Luther.   Now I won’t say he is a Communist, they’re Godless you know; but he does seem darn close with a sturdy Socialist bent.  No problem there — it’s what makes the law of averages viable.

His latest rant is on the Roman Curia and their minions — Luther’s old rant.   Face it.  Rome has more Cardinals than Saint Louis.   Anyhow, good luck Your Holiness.

I do like Luther’s idea that man can speak directly to God.  I was never one to expect an answer but it is a comfort I hope you share today.

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  1. December 25th, 2014 at 09:57 | #1

    I’m fairly non-religious, but was raised protestant. The mother of a friend died and the service was at a Catholic Church. I didn’t know what to expect, but have to admit, I felt right at home

  2. December 26th, 2014 at 10:19 | #2

    I am Roman Catholic and have been my entire life. And yes – I still go to church every Sunday.

    In the grand scheme of things, uniting the Catholic and Lutheran churches could have happened some time ago if the field of play was anything but religion.

    In the end, like many people, my comfort zone is people who are like me. The values with which I have grown up with have always served me well.

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