Archives For March 2017

“Is your heart right?” These words reverberate through human history from the lost cries of the ancient prophets to the wrinkled pages of St. Augustine, from the tender prayer of St. John of the Cross to the fiery preaching of Billy Graham.  Is your heart right?

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Schools, over years and years, educate our minds, but where is the school of the heart? “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” We know it to be true, but we avoid it like poison. Is your heart right?

We toss and turn in the furnace of anxiety. Worry seeps into our bloodstream, and the blood clots. Death. Despair. War. Brokenness. The newspapers. It is too much. Our only relief comes with sleep, and even then it comes with tumult and the promise of morning sorrow. “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.” In the other there is a promise of hope, a covenant. Love fulfills, but we run from it as if it were death. Is your heart right?

We learn about matter before we learn about love, and matter traps us. It has no heart. It obeys the immutable laws. It just is. It knows not love, not compassion. It is not restless. It does’t know another. It cannot choose. Woe to the man who sees himself as matter in motion. He will neither know the beauty of love nor the pain of fear. He will find stasis, he will find enlightenment, but he will not find love. Is your heart right?

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Love soars on eagles’ wings and contemplates it all from above. The throws of love sear the memory with blowtorches of desire, and the scars never fade. There is no need for faith or hope when love takes the reins, for love is the only virtue that abides. Is your heart right?

Salvation cannot come to the person who gives up on love. Such a man has committed spiritual suicide. He breathes without breath. He walks, but in circles. The man who loves, however, rides his bicycle into the horizon until he reaches the sun. He dies without reaching his goal, but his death points directly to his undying heart.

Is your heart right?

Best wishes,
David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.

“God looks for opportunities to show affection, almost always with the subtlety of an attentive lover.”

Taylor Swift "Speak Now World Tour" In New York City - November 22, 2011

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Recently, the UK’s Catholic Herald published my article on the theology of pop music. It is essentially a reflection on the need for the Church to reclaim eros, the love of desire that propels us to full union with our beloved.

The piece focuses on the music of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez.

Check it out here:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/march-24th-2017/taylor-swifts-psalms-show-me-how-to-love-god/

Best wishes,
David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.

Conviction scares people.

 

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(David by Frederick Leighton, my photo)

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The Crucifixion of Reality

A poem

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I care.

“Nothing really matters.”

“I don’t care.”

“It is all relative.”

Everything matters.

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God is real.

“God is dead.”

“There is nothing.”

“Death is the end.”

Nothing is lost.

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I know the truth.

“There is no truth.”

“Everyone has some truth.”

“I feel the truth.”

The truth.

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No. It is not so.

“What a bigot.”

“Arrogant.”

“Lacking empathy.”

Logic.

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Please forgive me.

“What a drama queen.”

“That’s unnecessary.”

“You did nothing wrong.”

I sinned.

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I pray.

“Send me your thoughts.”

“Good vibes.”

“Don’t pray. Act.”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Best wishes from your brother and servant in the Lord,
David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.

“After a couple-year hiatus, Lorde has returned to take a second look inside. Now, instead of treating the sweet disease of fame, she has turned to examine the fresh wounds of jaded love and tattered friendships.”

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In my latest piece for The Jesuit Post, I review two songs from Lorde’s new album Melodrama. Take a look and let me know what you think:

https://thejesuitpost.org/2017/03/why-lordes-riveting-green-light-and-liability-will-make-you-feel-alive/

Best wishes,

David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.