Ka-Boom!

We are beginning to move forward, we cannot stop it. We can live in the past and wring our hands and live in the doom and gloom of the moment but we are still moving forward whether we like it or not. That’s a good thing. When I spend time wallowing or even longing for the past I wind up walking forwards backwards. I don’t know about you but I have real trouble even walking forwards without stumbling. It’s a bitch being old! Hey you know what the root of nostalgia is? It’s pain.  So much longing that it hurts. Anyway, that’s my English word for the day. It will come up again because of my short term memory problems. What? Did I say something?

Fun Fact for today: The Jesuit explorer,Henri Nouvel, SJ was the first European to have visited the Saginaw River Valley in mid-Michigan. He spent most of his time wandering around Canada. He studied the Native American language so he could talk to…well…the natives. He is not as well known as the guy he replaced, Jacques Marquette, SJ. He didn’t even have a university named after him(although there is a high school). He died in what is now known as Green Bay, Wisconsin, you know, the place where the meat packers play football. Oh yeah, it’s also the feast of St. Francis Xavier, another Jesuit with a bunch of schools named after him. One day, I will tell you the story of seeing Xavier’s actual arm at the Gesu in Rome. Cool story…but I digress…

The reading for today comes from Luke (21:25-26)

25 ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves;

26 men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Well goodness me Luke is no fun at a party. What a Debbie Downer. But the quote really does ask us to look inward so we can look outward. Looking inward to ask the basic questions about our lives. “What is really important?” “Do I sweat the small things and miss the big things?” Do I even know what the important things in my life really are? Time for quiet reflection. The universe will take care of itself, I need to take care of me and how I am living daily with you. Regrets are one thing, living the regret every day so I miss the really really good stuff is not living. So, according to Luke we have two choices, one is to worry about the end of the world by bending over and kissing our collective asses “good-bye” or stand straight, look ahead and around and live today with each other like it’s our last. What good things can I do today? What goodness can I recognize today…and, I guess there’s a third one…turn off Fox News…

and so it goes…