Unfortunately, brothers and sisters, we are the product of a spiritualized, individualistic education. We were taught: Try to save your soul and don’t worry about the rest. We told the suffering: Be patient, heaven will follow, hang on. No, that’s not right, that’s not salvation! The salvation that Christ brings is salvation from every bondage that oppresses human beings.
Source: The Violence of Love
From the age of six to fourteen I took violin lessons but had no luck with my teachers, for whom music did not transcend mechanical practicing. I really began to learn only after I had fallen in love with Mozart’s sonatas. The attempt to reproduce their singular grace compelled me to improve my technique. I believe, on the whole, that love is a better teacher than sense of duty.
|This poem-prayer is by the Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann (b. 1933), and is called “Post-Election Day,” from his book Prayers for a Privileged People (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008).