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Two priests, an actor and life. No punchline.
May 19, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
Sometimes I see things in the unrelated. Usually it takes three things getting their dots connected before I have to put words to electronics.
So, today, instead of discussing the Venezuelan toilet paper shortage and its implications for the future of U.S. policy (there's always Monday for that one), bear with me on three unrelated things.
The first is the loss of an elderly cousin, with the homily delivered by her brother Saturday morning at her funeral Mass. Not only did he capture the sprit and gentleness of his sister, but my cousin the monsignor also tied her life and death, indeed all of ours, together. And he did it in such a way that, if everyone really, really considered it, there would be peace forever. We all did, according to science, he said, originate from one place, them something happened and boom, the ever-expanding universe, the physical world, began. Christians figure God flipped the switch amd BANG! to ober paraphrase here. The point is, we really are all the same. Oh, and the most memorable philosophical line he gave, one that I envision with his face and the words on a T-shirt: "Life is not a puzzle to be solved but a mystery to be lived." Keep it in mind when things get confusing.
Second was the smile on my pastor's face today as he celebrated Mass on the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Despite all the changes in the Catholic church, including scandals, the very Mass itself being rewritten three times or so during his lifetime, five popes, five bishops and being moved to Toronto at an age when most folks are thinking about retirement, he remains a joyous example of faith and what that belief who started the BANG! can do.
Third is the ending to "The Office." OK. Really unrelated, right? No review here other than to say as a fan, it was well done, well performed and well written. But it was the final words of the Ed Helms character Andy that I think fits into this whole circle of life and its meaning thing. He said he wished there was a way to know we were in the "good old days" before they were gone.
A little of that knowledge might have kept me from walking away from this newsroom, and all of you, for 19 months. For sure it would lead anyone to appreciate more all the positive stuff there is to our existence in this ever-expanding universe, if we only chose to find the joy amid all the other stuff.
The lessons of life and joy and knowing where we all come from will always lead us back home.
Thanks, fathers. And Ed Helms.
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