Puzzlements in Pope Francis on being holy whoever you are

Not his early recommendations for living according to the duties of one’s state in life. I love that part. Not enough is said about it, in my opinion. It’s your vocation. Follow it.

I am reminded of a talk my father heard, almost certainly at a lunch-time meeting of the Downtown Chicago Serra Club, as long ago as the late 1940s. “Everybody’s got a vocation” was the message. He came home that night full of that idea. It was a day when vocation meant religious life, period. He was hearing something that warmed his heart.

And Francis’ reminder that none of us is perfect, which says nothing about fulfilling our vocation in life, is also something we might hear more of.

But then he gets to some needless, I would say harmful, negativity about religious life, as in this:

26.   It is not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service. Everything can be accepted and integrated into our life in this world, and become a part of our path to holiness. We are called to be contemplatives even in the midst of action, and to grow in holiness by responsibly and generously carrying out our proper mission. [Italics mine]

Contemplation in action is a worthy goal, “generously carrying out our proper mission.” But why the shot at contemplatives in monasteries and convents? What’s the point of that? “Not healthy,” he says. Who else says it? He comes out of left field with that one.

For one thing, there’s at least as much flight involved in poorly considered and badly motivated action as in the badly motivated contemplative, cloistered life.

Some need more, not less contemplation, largely as daily reminders of what we are about. “Disdaining service”? Hardly. Rather, keeping oneself on track.

— more more more on puzzlements in Gaudete et Exsultate. —

Worried you’re not politically correct? Here’s a Seinfeld test for you

The Seinfeld of old, that is. If you dare find any of these episodes funny, just reading about them, then you are a racist, insensitive scum and should be ashamed of yourself.

Viewers of “Seinfeld” reruns today — and those who watched each new episode as it came out — are in a unique position. The show, which premiered in 1989 and ran through 1998, contains some storylines that many people in 2018 would consider highly controversial and/or politically incorrect.

Go ahead, I dare you.

via Slideshow: 17 ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes That Could Never Air Today

Classic case of wish being father to the thought — the impending end of the Trump presidency

Without a notion of how that would happen.

Democrats and some concerned Republicans have been warning for months that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be a point of no return for President Donald Trump.

That speculative frontier advanced even further over the weekend, after the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson declared that the Trump presidency has now entered its “end stages,” following a raid on the office and hotel room of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

What these predictions rather conspicuously lack is any attempt to explain precisely the series of events that would be Trump’s formal undoing.

Poor souls wandering without a clue, gentlemen songsters off on a spree.

. . . poor little lambs
Who have lost our way.

Bah, bah, bah.

via Please stop predicting the end of Trump’s presidency.