Saturday, March 31, 2007

Famine in my heart

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord
God, that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for
water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
And they shall wander from sea to sea,
and from the north even to the east, they
shall run to and fro to seek the word of the
Lord, and shall not find it.

That's from the book of Amos. Annie Dillard quotes it in Tickets for a Prayer Wheel. I like Annie Dillard in the abstract but not quite in the reality of her words. But she chooses good quotes to preface her poems.

Ever have a day where you decide not to go to daily Mass, because you just don't want to face either the people in the pews or the Lord on the Altar? I'm having one of those days. Just so I realize how luxurious it is to be rich and privileged enough to enjoy such a day, here are two depictions of physical famine. The photograph is of famine in the Ukraine; the statue is a monument depicting the great famine in Ireland.


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