“. . . he was carried up, and a cloud took him.” Acts 1:9
Gravity, they say, is all about mass. Big attracts Big sucks big pulls big, like death, won’t let go. Still, We worship those who try: “Lucky Lindy,” St. Michael Jordan. Leonardo, bless him, forever plotting how To fly, or assuage the general jowliness of time.
Jesus was taken up, and Mary. St. Teresa of Ávila Had to cling to the rail during prayer to keep from Floating skyward—the Assumption being that things Sometimes fall up. But, come on, which way is Up? That is to say, which way isn’t? If Teresa was
A person of such faith, why didn’t she just let go? Like The man I knew who, after being told he had “maybe Six months,” immediately signed up for swimming Lessons. “Well,” he said, “I just felt that if I could learn How to float, I could learn how to die.”
I want to find the room where my father is sleeping, take his hand and wake him. I will say I am sorry
to have come so late, after all the other children. I will ask about his heart and his dreams,
apologize for disturbing his rest. I want to drive there faster than anybody, but I am not even on the way home.
The masters say all is one but I am five hundred miles away, studying the alphabet of broken trees
and the gorgeous dusk of the beaver marsh. The masters say nothing is separate but I am lost
among the lilies, the needly mosquitoes, the slow tenderness of the fireflies. I will leave tomorrow if need be.
Tonight I will dream of the great healing and the night will be warm with the hum of fireflies,
the chir and splish of the beavers fitting one more stick, one more slap of mud into the mile-long dam.
Study war no more
Mar 18, 2011
Michael Izbicki grew up in a nondenominational church in California. A National Merit Scholarship finalist, he chose to go to the U.S. Naval Academy out of a sense of duty to his country during a time of war. At the naval academy he began to doubt whether the career to which he had committed himself could be squared with the tenets of just war doctrine. He got in trouble when he responded no to this exam question: "If given the order, would you launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?" After a four-year legal battle, the navy discharged him as a conscientious objector. Izbicki may have to reimburse the service for part or all of his education (New York Times, February 22).