February 20, 2013 -Wed. 1st Week in Lent

One Mind
One Mind

I missed yesterday. Did you miss me? Didn’t think so. So let me catch up. Yesterday was the 540th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus the Polish priest who thought that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around. You see he was a science guy AND a Bible guy. For him it was not either or. He felt it could be both! Amazin’ that back in the 15th Century a person could actually think. He died in 1543. No excommunication or  house arrest like Galileo for Nick. Interesting fun fact.

That was yesterday…today Cardinal de Lubac was born. He was the French theologian who greatly influenced Vatican II. Another thinker, only this time from France…and a Jesuit.  He was another shit disturber of the religious kind. (As most Jesuits are) He was a professor of fundamental theology at the Catholic University in Lyons from 1929 to 1961. Quite a tenure. 32 years, almost as many as I spent teaching high school. He was interrupted by a little thing called the Second World War and because of his work with the French resistance he had to go underground keeping a very low profile. Once the war was over he went back to teaching until 1950 through 1958 when Pius XII forbade him to teach because of his writings on Church diversity and his defense of Theologian (and one of my heroes) Teilhard de Chardin’s teachings on original sin. Patience, patience patience…and all will work out for the best.

In 1960 John XXIII named Fr. de Lubac as a consultant to help prepare for Vatican II. He rose in estimation of just about everyone for his sharp intellect and his insight in recognizing the Church as the community of all people of God. (Pretty radical).

Pope Paul VI sought to make de Lubac a Cardinal of the Church in 1969, but he declined the honor initially. In 1983 he relented and became the first non-bishop to be named Cardinal after Vatican II. Pretty extraordinary for both these guys (Copernicus and de Lubac) to go through being “in” then being “out” then being “in” again as time changes and people become smarter. Have patience and all good things happen.

As Cardinal Henri de Lubac, S.J. said about the Church (and probably our lives as well as Americans)

The Church is a perpetual
construction site

I guess what we can take away from this is that sometimes what good we want to do or something we know is good is sometimes looked on by others as not so good. But with patience and persistence the good will win out in the end. So to with our government. This democracy of ours is constantly under construction but out of the occasional messes, comes good eventually…eventually…speaking of messes are you still watching Fox News? I am still waiting for the good to emerge…

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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