Bad news up front?
The Record-Eagle publishes front page “news” about the adverse effects of hydraulic fracturing, describing the technique as a drilling operation (not) and claiming the pumping causes earthquakes, contaminates fresh groundwater and damages the environment. Yet an article in the July 20 edition shows these issues to be false. The data is support by the Department of Energy.
My question is front page bad news, back page good news? Fair?
Value of a ‘hidden’ life
I appreciated the July 16 Forum composed by the prioress of the Carmelite Monastery. It was a beautiful piece.
Nevertheless, the headline, “A cloistered life isn’t one that is hidden,” which may be all many readers noticed, was misleading. The cloistered life, as Mother Mary expressed so well, is, by its very nature, a hidden life.
It is in the dark solitude of hidden life that God does His greatest work, from the moment of conception to that moment in which we all hope to be born into eternal life. A mother’s womb, monasteries, hospitals, prisons, concentration camps, asylums, extended care facilities are all holy ground, places where one, in different ways, gets alone with God.
Yet, as Mother Mary stated, “Our secular culture denies the value of many human lives.” In solitude, if only in the solitude of one’s heart, in prayer, and yes, in suffering is the eternal value of the hidden life made known.
Finally, as if by divine appointment, July 16 was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and would have been Mother Teresa Margaret’s 79th anniversary of final vows.
Take time to think
There are many voices inside each of us. Normally those voices work together in harmony and allow us to make the right decisions. However, we live in an increasingly faster-paced world and sometimes we make poor decisions because we are overwhelmed.
Not to worry. There is no time to grieve about a poor choice. Within a matter of minutes, another whole series of problems that we don’t own stands in front of us and we feel pressured to throw in our two cents worth.
One hundred years ago our decision processes were limited to things that affected us directly. Now, we can choose from a menu of other people’s problems instead of fixing the things that are wrong in own corner of the world. For example, the new Prince of England got a name without our help, didn’t he?
Be careful about the things that you allow into your mind. Turn off the TV, put a limit on your kid’s video games and go for a walk. Create an environment that provides time to think. Make sure that conscience is one of the dominant voices speaking to you every day.
William E. Scott