Monthly Archives: December 2012
As politicians on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue perform the strip tease regarding the avoiding Fiscal Cliff, it is worth stepping back to chuckle and simultaneously smirk at what brought us here.
In late November, protesters who could have been typecast out of the Occupy Wall Street sit-ins, albeit better bathed and sans clothes, decided to demonstrate in Speaker John Boehner’s office regarding cuts from the sequestration
When commenting on the Capitol Hill streaking spectacle, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) quipped at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon about the difference between being “naked” and “nekkid”. Obviously from the messages on their backs, they were up to something…
A similar case can be made about approaching the fiscal cliffs and budgetary sequestration
Typical of his governing style, President Obama had a hands off approach to budget negotiations when he went on his Hawaiian holiday. When the President showily returned to the District of Calamity for budget talks, he gathered politicos for a photo op, offered nothing new and dictated how Congress should legislate by demanding an up and down vote, which might not even carry the upper chambers majority caucus.
Speaker Boehner called back House Members on Sunday afternoon in case there was a legislative compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have tried to craft a last minute compromise. It would not be surprising if the proverbial can gets kicked another month down the road…
So expect lawmakers to realize that they are “nekkid” and find a fig leaf. The problem is that such a fig leaf of a plan essentially covers nothing and may get everyone banished from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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|Madonna of Port Lligat, Marquette University|
During an excellent Christmas Eve homily from a Redemptorist priest, we were challenged to reconsider the miracle of the Incarnation, both from our own vantage points and reflecting on the mystery through great art.
As for a contemporary take on the Nativity, I must commend a Portuguese advertising agency for coming up with an anachronistic retelling of the Greatest Story:
Another approach to better appreciate the miracle of the Word becoming flesh is through depictions in great art. Hence the Madonna of Port Lligat (1949) by Salvador Dali from the Marquette University Haggerty Museum of Art. Fr. Jim Wallace, C.Ss.R., also commended a short poem by the American poetess Denice Leterov: “On the Mystery of the Incarnation”
It’s when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
That’s a lot to chew on while savoring some tryptophan inspired shut eye.
A “Happy Christmas” to all and to all a good night.