As seems to happen about once a quarter, posting will have to be light over the next few weeks due to a pants load of work that has to be taken care of. Truthfully, I almost feel guilty complaining about too much work in the current environment, but hey, everybody has to have something to whine about, right…
You know, forget complaining about a vampire’s diet, what Charlene should really be angry about in this clip is being stuck with that horrid Flock Of Seagulls haircut for eternity. Oh well, we all have our crosses to bear don’t we? And some of them are a whole lot worse than heavy workloads or bad hairdos.
During this year’s Way of the Cross at the Roman Coliseum, Pope Benedict XVI offered a prayer of reflection on the bearing of crosses and the mental anguish they can bring. “In your final hour is our life’s hour of testing, in all its harshness and brutality; it is the hour of the passion of your Church and of all humanity. It is the hour of darkness: when “the foundations of the earth tremble” and man, “a tiny part of your creation”, groans and suffers with it; an hour when the various masks of falsehood mock the truth and the allure of success stifles the deep call to honesty; when utter lack of meaning and values brings good training to nought and the disordered heart disfigures the innocence of the small and weak; an hour when man strays from the way leading to the Father and no longer recognizes in you the bright face of his own humanity. This hour brings the temptation to flee, the sense of bewilderment and anguish, as the worm of doubt eats away at the mind and the curtain of darkness falls on the heart. And you, Lord, who read the open book of our frail hearts, ask us this evening, as once you asked the Twelve: “Do you also wish to leave me?” No, Lord, we cannot and would not leave you, for you alone “have the words of eternal life”, you alone are “the word of truth” and your cross alone is the “key that opens to us the secrets of truth and life”. “We will follow you wherever you go!” Following you is itself our act of worship, as from the horizon of the not yet, a ray of joy caresses the already of our journey.”
So if you’re currently lugging a cross around, hang in there. And if you need a bit of extra prayer sent your way, be sure to drop us an email, that’s one of the reasons we’re here. But if you just need to drop by the ol’ blog every now and then for a bit of silliness, that’s more than okay too. As G.K. Chesterton once noted. “He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.”
However, if you’re still walking around with a bad haircut from the 80s… I got nothing for you.