"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." ~Flannery O'Connor

Monday, March 12, 2007

Something to be grateful for...

Moments of clarity are all too rare and all too necessary. I am grateful for them when I get them. In high school and college, I had a hard time explaining to myself why I found my Jesuit mentors so confusing; but now I've had moment of clarity about that. The confusion is still with us, but temporal distance and a hard-won modicum of maturity enable me to see through it and be grateful.

Diogenes reacts with perfect clarity to an Ash Wednesday Sermon this year by a Jesuit spiritual director:

Thank you, Father. If I've caught your gist, I am to pray to my heavenly Mother—obedient to the voice within—in gratitude for my sins, asking God to help me forgive God for making me the way I am.

Isn't there a technical term for spiritual counsel of this kind?

Read the sermon, if you've got the belly for it. Or should I say the belly-laugh? I can't think of a funny technical term, but maybe you can.
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