Sorry its taken me such a long time to post again. I've been working a lot. Many of my friends here in JC either can't find jobs, have terrible jobs, can't get enough hours at their current jobs... so, I'm becoming more thankful for mine everyday! Rita's is really popular here, and I've become reconnected with several old friends and teachers because of it. Also, I'm enjoying my work at Second Harvest Food Bank. My brother, Will, and I mainly do custodial stuff, like sweeping and polishing. It gets boring sometimes, but they need the help. The time also gives Will and me a chance to talk.
Kylie, I will keep Dollie in my prayers. Also, my great aunt Grace died over the weekend, and she has been in my thoughts. She had heart problems for several years. Although it was a very peaceful and "good" death, she will be greatly missed by my family.
As for Blue Like Jazz.. I loved it! I'm currently rereading sections of it. Quotes that stuck with me from Chapters 1-3 include:
And so from the beginning, the chasm that separated me from God was as deep as wealth and as wide as fashion. This, to me, expresses the extreme material desires that one may feel when lacking a personal relationship with God. Although we're all guilty of wanting things we don't have/need, I think that people who don't develop their spirituality subconsciously try to compensate that "hole" in their life by focusing on wealth.
The genius of the American system is not freedom; the genius of the American system is checks and balances. Nobody gets all the power. Everyone is watching everybody else. It is as if the founding fathers knew, intrinsically, that the soul of man, unwatched, is perverse. This whole conversation between Tony and Don is very thought-provoking to me. It makes me think about just and unjust laws. When I break a law (i.e. texting while driving or something ridiculous), it is because I think I am doing the right thing. In my view, the law is unjust; however, perhaps I'm just blind to an aspect of my depravity... and my thoughts spin off from there. Have I mentioned that I want to be a judge one day? Haha.
Nothing is going to change in the Congo until you and I figure out what is wrong with the person in the mirror. Yes.
Hope you all are having a great week!