I go to a Jesuit church with 4 priests. They keep saying God really really loves me but the more I hear it the less I believe it, kind of like a self-esteem program in grade school. Anyway, now one has a column in the local paper. Can’t link to it because it hasn’t been updated yet, but here is the main part.
“What if we could dip a measuring stick down into the collective reservoir of the human spirit and check the level of the authenticity of the spirit for our age? No the level of idological fervor, the invincibility of dogmatism, the intensity of partisan politics, the volume of violence, the ferocity of aimless dissipation or the creativity of trivial distraction. No, the world’s collective level of cooperation with that which is best within us…They say ther is a spirit to every age. Leeet’s get back to checking that dipstick that measures the level of cooperation with the Spirit within our spirits that is the source of that which is best within us. Ah yes, just as I feared! The spirit of our age is one in which it gets easier and easier to settle for less and less”
This is a lot like his homilies. He is very emphatic and goes on at length but I’m never quite sure what he is saying. He did tell us before the election not to vote on the basis of greed. I wondered, did he mean greed to not pay more taxes, or greed to want more benefits, say, so I could quit my job and still have health insurance and not lose my assets due to illness? I didn’t ask because I was afraid it would come off sort of rhetorical, and imply that he was incomprehensible. But they all seem that way to me, much as I respect & love them.
Is this a Jesuit thing?