August 9, 2008 – Priorities, Priorities

What glorious weather for the month of August!  I can’t remember being in this time of year and everything still looking so green and fresh.  We’ll enjoy it while it lasts, as I’m sure we’ll still have some hot days ahead before summer ends.

Yesterday as I was looking ahead to the weekend I thought about things that I needed to remember to do.  Here was how my list came out: 1) Saturday afternoon – Cards/Cubs gasme on TV, 2) Sunday night – Cards/Cubs game on TV, 3) Saturday night – Rams preseason game on TV, 4) PGA Tournament golf on TV, 5) in between all of this, catch some of the Olympics, 6) Saturday – write blog and scan bulletin to website, 7) Oh, Mass on Saturday evening, and 8) well, maybe squeeze something else in that is actually constructive!

As I stepped back and examined this “list”, I thought to myself “My gosh, are your priorities screwed up or what!”.  So I think about ways to modify my list.  Well, somewhere in this couch potato marathon I could pray the rosary with Mother Angelica on EWTN (ha ha).  Not that this would be a bad thing, but I think I need to go a little more outside the box.  The truth is that I won’t be watching every minute of the baseball and football games or the golf tournament or the Olympics, and I’ll get some things done.  But I also admit that my priorities do sometimes get out of whack, and that is something that I need to work on (constantly).

I do not just question my own priorities, but every time I watch the news or see another campaign ad, I wonder if we really have our priorities in line.  I read that just for the opening ceremony for the Olympics the cost was $300 million, which is ten times the amount spent 4 years ago.  This is at the same time that many citizens of China are trying to survive on about 2 bucks per day.  The opening ceremony was certainly impressive, but would it really have lessened the Olympic “experience” if it was not quite so extravagent?

Of course, when I think of priorities, I can’t help but turn to our political system and our election process.  We are very fortunate to live in a democratic society with a free election process.  But does it really have to take 1 1/2 to 2 years to elect a President?  And does it require the tens and tens of millions of dollars that are spent to get this accomplished?  After watching all of these ads and speeches, I still don’t think that I am 100% clear on where the candidates stand on the issues.  With all of the means of communication that we have at our disposal (TV, computer, etc.), can’t there be some type of forum where the candidate can just present himself or herself and say “My name is ________________, and this is my view on healthcare, or abortion, etc.  Instead, staggring amounts of money are spent with the purpose of trying to convince us that the other candidate is not worthy of our vote.  Could you imagine if just part of this money was invested in workig for justice?  What a difference it would make!

OK, enough soapbox for one day.  Just to finish up with a couple of St. Mary’s items.  I want to give another plug for the Monday lunch at the K of C Hall.  From 11 to 1 each Monday, all you can eat (including dessert) for just $6.00.  It’s always a good meal, so pick up a friend and stop in.  Bill won’t mind doing a few more dishes.

Finally, with summer drawing to a close, activities in the parish will pick up the pace.  Many items have been added to the monthly calendar on our website.  Go to www.maryhoc.org, and click on the “Monthly Calendar” link at the top of the page.  You will find the calendar for not just August, but for September, October, and beyond.  Check it often as we are always adding new dates.

Time to go get my priorities straight again.  Peace.

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