(2) “the Bible explains the mystery of Christ’s work in a whole ‘kaleidoscope’ of models, metaphors, theories or stories of salvation, each reflecting a different aspect of this very deep and far reaching problem of ‘sin’ in us and in this world” – Steve Burnhope.
For those of us who have struggled with reconciling the theory of penal substitution with a God of love the idea that there is more than one legitimate atonement theory is a sigh of relief.
(3) I thought this was an interesting graph showing the National Debt as a percent of GDP. Not only does it give a better perspective of our national debt than just throwing a dollar figure out there but I thought it was surprising to find out that the National Debt as a percent of GDP has increased mostly under the Republican Party during the last 60 years.
Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
Most of my regrets in life have to do with me saying something that I end up regretting. Holding my tongue doesn’t come naturally to me. Sometimes (not as often as I should) I recognize ahead of time a situation that could lead to these sorts of regret and become more careful about the words I use.
At the beginning of this week I realized that all the passion (from both sides) about the health care bill getting passed had the potential to create a perfect storm that I could get caught up in. So, I am praying Psalm 141:3 this week as I strive to choose my words carefully.
60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns have sent lawmakers a letter urging them to pass the Senate health care bill.
The letter says that “despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions.” The letter goes on to say the legislation will help support pregnant women and “this is the real pro-life stance.”
In an interview aired on CNN, Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a national Catholic social activism lobby, expressed that the bill was clear in that it did NOT allow for federal funding of abortion. You can watch the interview here.
Bart Stupak, the Representative who seems to be going overboard on this issue, responded to the news by saying “When I’m drafting right-to-life language, I don’t call up the nuns,”
WHY NOT, BART? They have more experience working with the poor and the Catholic hospitals than the Bishops do. Why wouldn’t you want to consult them? Is it because they are women? Or is it just nuns, and not all women, that you dismiss so easily?
“To become fully human means learning to turn my gratitude for being alive into some concrete common good. It means growing gentler toward human weakness. It means practicing forgiveness of my and everyone else’s hourly failures to live up to divine standards. It means learning to forget myself on a regular basis in order to attend to the other selves in my vicinity. It means that living so that “I’m only human” does not become an excuse for anything. It means receiving the human condition as blessing and not curse, in all its achingly frail and redemptive reality.” Barbara Brown Taylor