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January 20th, 2007

Simple yet interesting @ 11:41 pm

rational_twists:
I'm currently feelin: excited excited

I'm sitting in Mass today and our deacon is giving his homily. This is the point where I typically zone out completely, but somehow I was brought back to earth by his mentioning "Boh-no, from the band U2." He went on to say that he was quoted recently as saying (forgive me if this isn't completely accurate), "If you wish to see God, look to the poor." I thought I heard that quote a much longer time ago, but maybe I'm wrong? Time is kind of irrelevant to me lately. And then in the car not even an hour later, Two Hearts Beat As One came on the radio, yay!!

Anybody else ever happen to catch a mere mention of the band in a sermon? What made this even funnier and more amazing is that I'm trying to start coming back to church after a long hiatus, so to come back to something like this made my night. :)
 
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From:hbpen
Date:January 21st, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
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NICE!! :D
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From:hbpen
Date:January 21st, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
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PS If you're coming back to a Christian church, you might be interested in u2christians. Just a thought. :)
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From:rational_twists
Date:January 21st, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, I'll definitely check that out. Thanks! :)
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From:cabaiste84
Date:January 21st, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
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Hehe, very cool. ;)

The pastor of my church is a bit of a U2 fan, and he's quoted from ISHFWILF a few times in his sermons. One visiting pastor we had said in an alter call, "Bono once said, 'I still haven't found what I'm looking for, but we, as Christians, have found exactly that'...which is all well and good, but ISHFWILF to me is all about having faith in God, but still struggling with the doubt and confusion that goes with faith. And I think what Bono is trying to say is that we'll never truly find what we're looking for until the end of our lives, when it's all made clear. Well, that's just my opinion.

Also, one of our associate pastors quoted from Grace in a sermon. And our worship band played SYCMIOYO as an item for our Father's Day service. And we had Beautiful Day played at our latest Christmas service.

There are a few U2 fans in our church, I think. ;)
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From:rational_twists
Date:January 21st, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I might have to join your parish, LOL.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:January 21st, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Bono was paraphrasing, from what I believe was a direct quote from the bible. But I could be wrong.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 21st, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I was watching the Age Of Aids documentary this weekend, maybe this is the Bono quote you guys are thinking of?

"Christ only speaks of judgment once, and oddly enough, it's in regard to the poor. I think it's Matthew 23. It's the famous lines, "I was naked and you clothed me. I was a prisoner and you visited me.' And then they say to Christ, "What are you talking about? You weren't." "I was sick and you came to me." And he says, "No, no, I wasn't. But as much as you do this to the least of these, you do it unto me." And that's a very powerful piece of Scripture."
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From:rockingthemike
Date:January 21st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
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No... I don't think that was it canadanne. Maybe it wasn't a direct quote from the bible, but I do remember someone else saying "all one has to do is look in the faces of the poor to find God" or something along those lines.
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From:rational_twists
Date:January 21st, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
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That's what I thought. I tried googling it and found a number of similar quotes. That's why I thought if Bono had said it, it was a longer time ago than "recently."
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From:rockingthemike
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
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Now, for some reason St. Augustine has been in my head for the past couple hours. Perhaps that's where I remember the quote from?
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From:andberlin
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
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i think it could possibly come from this address bono made at the 54th national prayer breakfast. This could be the quote, but I might be wrong...

Check Judaism. Check Islam. Check pretty much anyone. I mean, God may well be with us in our mansions on the hill. I hope so. He may -- may well be with us in all manner of controversial stuff. Maybe, maybe not. But the one thing we can all agree -- all faiths, all ideologies -- is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.
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From:celspi
Date:January 22nd, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
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Interesting... my parents heard their priest speak about Bono for his homily back in Christmas 2005... made me sad that I missed out.
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From:andberlin
Date:January 22nd, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
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i wouldn't say our pastor has ever incorporated them into a preach (that i can remember), but the principle of my bible college LOVES them and uses the elevation tour dvd every year on orientation day. i confess, i cried when i saw it! haha!

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