There Will Be Eucharist

Community will grow if we let it be more natural and spontaneous, because the kingdom of heaven is like yeast. The yeast that comes to us most spontaneously is natural friendship. The grace of God is with us and we just need to let it work. But we are slow to believe this. Of course, sometimes it’s quite hard to believe that grace is with us, because there seems to be something in the system that wants to cage up the Holy Spirit. -Thomas Merton, Springs of Contemplation, (from The Merton Institute)

Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ.  We are what we eat – think on that for awhile. I find it exceedingly difficult myself.

It seems that each time we come to the Table, we are giving up ourselves. Or at least we are asked to… I feel like I do it so infrequently.

That’s why I like this quote; Merton makes something clear when he brings up yeast. It must be left to do its work.

I guess I keep wanting to fiddle with things, control things. Then I read Merton’s words and I recall being at someone’s home when they were making bread. It was the first time I had seen someone make bread and I was fascinated to see that it was left alone for quite some time in order to become what it is.

We become what we eat. That’s yeast, that’s grace. That is Eucharist.

Thanks be to God.

It’s Like, You Know – A Treatise on Being "Aggressively Inarticulate"

I found the video at the end of this post on Doxy’s Facebook page and I was astounded when I watched it. It made me think of my own “lazy language” and how the impact of contemporary culture and the use of social media impacts communication.

One day last year, Lisa and I were on the phone. I recall that we talked about the intersection of cultural decline and the loss of language. This has all been happening and as with many things, by the time we notice it, it is nothing new.

That does not make it any less alarming.

Mind you, language is alive – so it will change. That is not the problem. How language changes speaks volumes about the culture that puts the change into motion.

One of the reasons that this is on my mind is due to a Facebook comment thread on my blog the other day. A former co-worker of mine, a fine person, but one with very different political views than my own, made a remark about the Obama administration. He said (emphasis mine):

Change is only possible when the majority agrees that change is not only needed, but the best course of action. You can’t just shove it down everyone’s throat. No matter how much we all may agree that change is needed, you need the buy in from the majority. If not then this administration is making the same mistakes as their predecessor.

 This notion of how Obama is “shoving” things down our throats continues to astound and amaze me. What does it say about language, perception and propaganda?

Personally, while I am not as hard on Obama as many of my compatriots, I do think that he has made numerous mistakes. (It should be noted that I am listening to John Boehner, always known for his collaborative ways, in the background on NPR. He is talking about how the President needs to listen to people and be more bi-partisan.)

However, just how the conversation about healthcare or bi-partisan politics is framed, seems to be defined by the somehow-more-aggressively-inarticulate. In some bizarre and counter-intuitive way, they are more, dare I say, articulate.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3829682&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.