Friday, July 17, 2015

Blogging Around

In Praise of Sadness: The Healing Insight of "Inside Out"

“Inside Out” stands in opposition to an entire culture that tells people that happiness is the highest, best and sometimes only permissible emotion, and that sadness is an obstacle to being happy, and that we should concentrate all of our emotional and cultural energy on trying to eradicate sadness so that everyone can be happy. 
A good piece for those who have seen Inside Out. It's by Matt Zoller Seitz, my favorite reviewer at

When the Pope is Viewed Only Through a Political Lens

Standing on a stage beneath a yellow metal roof, Francis used the wedding feast of Cana – in which by the biblical account Jesus ultimately turned water from ablution jars into wine – as a metaphor in which the wine symbolizes happiness, love and abundance.

“This lack of ‘wine’ can also be due to unemployment, illness and difficult situations which our families may experience,” he said.
That's part of the New York Times' summary of Pope Francis's homily about the wedding at Cana and families in Ecuador. Reading the homily itself, one has a hard time seeing the summary above as accurate. Do take the time to read it. It made me remember what a treasure our families are and, of course, the marriages from which they spring.

GetReligion discusses the way journalists tend to report on Pope Francis versus what he's really doing, which is ... well ... poping.
Pope Francis is preaching. The faith elements are part of the content, not words that create an irrelevant frame for the real news, which by definition has to be about politics.

This conflicts, as I said the other day, with the"mainstream journalism Grand Unified Theory" stating that "no matter what the pope cites as his reasons for visiting a land or region, he is actually there for political reasons. He is there in an attempt to impact the lives of real people through political ideas or actions (as opposed to through sacraments, biblical truth, etc.)."

SIL missionaries, jungle Indians unexpectedly steer a Jewish reporter toward home

Ira Rifkin advises journalists who want to write about religion in a pluralistic society to get comfortable with people who believe very differently from them. His illustration is a personal story that is touching and inspirational. I'd quote some here but I don't want to ruin it. Just dart over to GetReligion and read it for yourself.

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