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Thursday, March 02, 2006

'Make It a Brokeback Mountain Lent'





We had a very moving service last night at the Jesuit Urban Center to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. For those of you unfamiliar with the JUC, it is a Catholic community celebrating in the Immaculate Conception Church on Harrison Avenue, one of the 'Famine' churches constructed in the wake of the mass exodus of Irish during the Famine. The Jesuits are alleged to represent the intellectual branch of the Catholic Church and are known for their progressive social ministry. Even in these modern times, many Jesuits have been martyred, especially in South America where they labor amnong the poor.

The congregation at our church is probably about 90% gay men. Anyway the pastor, a good friend of mine, J.A. Loftus, gave an extraordinary homily last night about the challenge of personal renewal and becoming all that one was meant to be, drawing parallels between this Lenten call and the type of life one inherits when one does not listen to this call, as evidenced by the two main characters in Brokeback. I'll get a copy of the talk and post it here in the near future.

The service was preceded by a concert of contemplative music featuring the work of J.S. Bach.

It's already up to a whopping 30 degrees this morning, which is warmer than it's been at this time in several weeks. A bit of snow is one the way-- and now Fionn is up and letting me know that it's time for the morning walk. Have a great day everyone.

Oh, by the by, the picture of Fionn really has nothing to do with this post-- but I couldn't resist! Just waking up on the bed and being all cozy-- what a beauty! Like Biscuit before him, one can almost tell the time of day but wathcing Fionn's changing position on the bed-- gotta love that sun!

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