Learn to Take the Good and the Bad in Stride

People sure do take a lot of things for granted. I know that I’m not the first person to make this realization either, but it amazes me sometimes. I have heard people actually complaining about gifts they received this year on Christmas. Is that a joke?! Somebody took the time to shop specifically for you, and you aren’t happy with what they chose to give you. There is nothing more rude in my opinion. People even take for granted the fact that they had a home to celebrate the holidays in, or a family to celebrate them with. I started thinking about this because of a blog post that I came across.

The blog post is titled, “Are We on Earth For Our Enjoyment?”, and it talks about the reasons we exist. The author talks about the Blessed Zélie Martin and one of her letters. In the letter she wrote, “… it’s certain and proven by experience that happiness is not on earth… No, happiness can’t be found here below, In His wisdom, God wanted it this way to make us remember that the world is not our true home”. I don’t think people realize this anymore, and that was the same point the author of the post was trying to make. People expect happiness all the time, when in reality that is unfair to expect. Life is certainly meant to have its joyful moments, but you have to learn to take the good and the bad in stride.

The Museum of Biblical Art

A little embarrassing to admit, but I have never before heard of The Museum of Biblical Art, despite living (at most) an hour out of the city for my entire life.  But thanks so some perusing on Time Out New York, I stumbled upon this great institution, located at 61st and Broadway.

The Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) dedicates itself to “celebrating and interpreting art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship […] The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA) brings to the public an interpretation of art through the lens of biblical religions and an understanding of religion through its artistic manifestations.”

It currently has two exhibitions on display, the first called “A Light to the Nations: America’s Earliest Bibles (1532-1864)” which examines early translations of Bibles into native tongues during early exploration of the Americas.  The MOBiA’s second exhibition is “The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martinez Celaya.”  According to the official exhibition press release, Celaya’s work “presents a series of desolate landscapes in which God may or may not have abandoned mankind […] Martínez Celaya employs autobiography, allusions and references to authors who have been influenced by the Bible–including Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard–to construct a complex personal aesthetic steeped in literature and philosophy.”

Tickets to the MOBiA are priced from $4 to $7, and the museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays.  For more information, visit the MOBiA website here.

David Silva Thanks Our Lady of Mount Carmel for Spanish Cup Triumphs

This article I found on Catholic News Agency was a wonderful one to see. So often we hear athletes today thanking their parents, coaches, and mentors for their triumphs, which is by no means something wrong. However, it is great to see somebody thanking a religious figure for victory. David Silva and his family seem to have a close relationship with Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patron saint of their home.

“Spanish soccer star David Silva, who played on the nation’s winning World Cup team is spending the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel thanking her for the victory last Sunday in South Africa.

The midfielder, who is from the Canary Islands, promised he would participate in the celebrations honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of his hometown of Arguineguin.

Silva’s grandmother told reporters the family has a great devotion to Our Lady and that they were very “nervous” during the World Cup final. So much so, she said, that she could not watch the end.  “I just held on to Our Lady of Mount Carmel … Who would have thought that when this 14 year-old boy who I raised left my home he would achieve this? I am so proud,” she added.

Upon arriving in his home town, Silva told reporters he wanted to join the Marian festivities, as has always been his custom.

At the beginning of July, celebrations in honor of Our Lady began taking place on the islands.  In Silva’s hometown of Arguineguin there is a long procession through the streets, which are covered in rugs made especially for the occasion.” – “Soccer Star Thanks Our Lady of Mount Carmel for Spain’s World Cup Victory”

Pope Benedict Will Talk About Religion and Freedom

“Benedict XVI will address religious freedom in his main message to the world political community. The pope will denounce that in some parts of the world religious freedom does not exist and many people are marginalized, persecuted and punished because of their faith.

China is the main example. Despite the Constitution allowing the practice of five religions, they persecute and arrest those who do not follow the government’s orders in matters of faith. Currently 10 priests and two bishops are incarcerated in this country just for being Catholics.

In Pakistan religious minorities, like Christians, are harshly persecuted through the law of anti- blasphemy. This law regulates offenses against Muhammad and the Koran and punishes those who do not comply with penalties reaching life in prison or death. On numerous occasions this law has been used to punish residents who profess another religion.

In India, the most extremist of Hinduism combat religions that come from the outside such as Christianity. In Europe there is also a lack of religious freedom. In the UK the government prohibits religious manifestations in public, such as carrying the cross and Catholics cannot join the royal family.” – “Pope Will Address Religious Freedom in the World Day of Peace”, Rome Reports

This post interested me for two reasons. First, I am glad to see that the Pope will be addressing religious tolerance. This is something that I think Catholics could really learn a lesson in as well as others. This article tends to concentrate more on discrimination against Catholics and Christians, but it doesn’t get into how Catholics and Christians can be intolerant of other people’s lifestyles. I think the Pope is touching on a subject that can really apply to anybody, who follows any religion anywhere. The second reason this interested me is because I did not know of the struggles Christians are facing in India, Pakistan, and China. Even in England there is prejudice against Catholics. Everybody in the world should really just learn to keep to their faith to themselves. If another person does not believe that same things as you, that is not something that should cause you to hold hatred for them. You should be mature enough to accept that you have differences with them, and that they are free to make their own decisions.