Today is December 16,2011 –And one of the readings for today comes from Isaiah “…these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Is 56:7) Christopher Hitchens has passed. The self-proclaimed anti-theist is gone. I will honestly miss his writing, provocative as it was it certainly was never boring. He spoke with conviction and a solid faith in his own reasoning that never swayed. Even in his criticism (as a devil’s advocate for the Vatican) of Mother Teresa, he honestly tried to prove his truth without tearing down the other. Now that, my friends, is true debate and dialogue. In my opinion he was dead wrong, but that didn’t diminish my admiration for him and his ability to make me think about stuff I took for granted. He even made me laugh at times. De Chardin, the Jesuit philosopher and scientist once said that “Joy is the infallible presence of God.” Christopher (the Christ-bearer) go in peace!
Would that we would have others righteous enough to bring to the “holy mountain” for discussion and debate. All it takes is honesty and belief in a conviction. We are all searching for what is true and good and right. We are all on a journey of discovery. We are all in this together. And all sacrifices will be acceptable on the altar.
and so it goes…