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Santa Teresita agosto 7, 2006

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El fin de semana conversaba con MJ acerca de algunos libros interesantes, ella me comentaba haber leído algo sobre la vida de Santa Teresita de-no-se-donde. A pesar de llevar una vida ejemplar a sus cortos 24 años, Santa Tere vivía mortificada por sus pecados y acudía a confesarse varias veces al día hasta que el cura terminó por decirle “Certifico que no has cometido un pecado mortal” (o algo así), me imagino que con cierto tono de fastidio por tener que atender a alguien tan preocupado por pecados que tal vez sean triviales, quizás hasta le haya dado un vale por 1 semana sin confesiones.

No deja de llamar la atención la tranquilidad con que algunos vivimos: hago lo posible por tratar bien a las personas, ser razonablemente justo y pasarla lo mejor que pueda, y con eso puedo dormir tranquilo (algunas) noches, mientras tanto Santa Tere hacía penitencia hasta por tener malos pensamientos. Si ella estaba en lo correcto, yo voy derechito al purgatorio… y seguro no me voy solo.

Que alguien culpe a Dios julio 28, 2006

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Ya se que es bastante fuera de temporada, pero no quise escribir esto en época de mundial, no por ser original y querer salir del montón sino porque simplemente no tenía ganas de escribir. Veía hace algo más de un mes un programa en Fox Life en el que una reportera novata le preguntaba a un colega algunos datos para entrevistar a los jugadores, el más experimentado comentaba que las respuestas son mas o menos las mismas al agradecer o dedicar algún buen juego: A mi familia, a Dios, mis compañeros, etc.

Me pareció gracioso que muchos atletas profesionales le atribuyen sus victorias a Dios pero ninguno se atreve a culparlo de sus derrotas. Me gustaría ver una entrevista en el que un alero de la NBA dijera: “Todo iba bien hasta que Dios me hizo fallar esos tiros libres en el último cuarto, de no ser por Él hubieramos ganado”.

Tal vez por eso el Vaticano no participa en las eliminatorias del Mundial, después de todo ¿Cómo podrían explicar un trágico autogol al estilo Escobar o un penalti como el de Trezeguet en el reciente Mundial?

Estoy escuchando: Beginner – Back in town

Corintios 13: 4- 8 octubre 10, 2005

Posted by Johan in Amor, Religion.
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Esto lo encontré por casualidad mientras buscaba otra cosa, no soy especialmente religioso pero me gustó tanto que hasta lo busqué en castellano aquí, aunque mi complejo por hablar inglés me obliga a ponerlo tal y como estaba cuando lo vi por primera vez:

Love is patient, Love is kind,
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud, It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.

Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.
Love never fails.

Ahora estoy escuchando: Green Day – Johnny Be Good

Plegaria Árabe abril 24, 2005

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No soy especialmente religioso, pero esto me llamó la atención:

Dios, no consientas que yo sea el verdugo que desangra a las ovejas, ni una oveja en manos de los verdugos.

Ayúdame a apreciar el otro lado de las cosas, para no acusar a mis adversarios con más severidad que a mi mismo

No me dejes ser alcanzado por la ilusión de la gloria cuando triunfe, ni por la desesperación cuando sea derrotado. Recuérdame que la experiencia de una caída puede proporcionar una visión diferente del mundo.

Oh, Dios! Hazme sentir que el perdón es señal de fuerza, y la venganza es prueba de debilidad.

Finalmete Señor, si yo llegara a olvidarte, te ruego que nunca te olvides de mi.

And you thought you were religious julio 31, 2004

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I totally understand that this world can be pretty tough. Lots of big guys pushing everyone around. Lots of death and disease. Lots of heart-break, and disappointment of all kinds. So people do what they can to get by. Religion is better than drugs, anyway.

There’s still something about all religions that I can’t stand. If you’re an active member of any major religion, the first thing you’ll learn while you’re still a kid is basically this: “We are the true chosen people, our God is better than their God, and if they fuck with us, our God is going to kick their asses.” Pure, shameless propaganda. And if you are a kid, you’ll believe it

I read the Bible every now and then and I don’t like the old testament one bit. God’s a real crank. Not the kind of guy you’d want to watch the game with, let alone spend eternity. He’s temperamental, arrogant, violent, pushy—I guess he really did make man in his own image. The new testament God isn’t exactly a bucket of candy either, but I’d rather be on his cloud. More compassion. Better advice.

But whereas some religions are big secrets, elitist clubs, with mystical languages, and near impossible initiation rituals, Christianity may look like a walk in the park. Actually, it’s way beyond that. There’s not a carnival tent large enough to accommodate the level of hypocrisy that emanates from some Christians. Especially those who start talking about forgiveness and charity, and hanging fancy words with fancy frames in the wall, when they are waiting for you to turn around to stab a knife in your back

Besides that, I really don’t think you have to give money to that TV evangelist if you want to go to heaven, in their own book it says that rich people won’t get there, anyway. They even made videos for us, with smiling, white, middle-aged men saying, “So you’re probably wondering why all your friends and family are no longer among us…”

The good things about religion have little to do with a belief in God. Things like community, doing good things for other and the search for meaning in life. People do need religion. I need religion too, but there aren’t any that are practical for me. I’ll probably start my own when I get around to it.

Of course, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.

How would you like to die? julio 29, 2004

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There are thousands of ways to die, but unfortunately, you can only choose one. People in my family tend to prefer going through a short period of painful diseases before saying goodbye. No sudden heart attacks, or car crashes, or drug overdoses. The other day I was reading about this guy who told his son that when he died, he’d like to die in his sleep. He then went into the next room, fell asleep in his reading chair and died. He should have said that he’d like to die making love to Britney Spears.

It’s funny how nobody wants to get old yet nobody wants to die young either. I’ve noticed that when you ask someone who really enjoys life, he’ll tell you that he’d like to die at a young age doing something incredibly stupid, like jumping out of an airplane. To these people, death is just another of life’s wonderful activities—another step in the way. But when you ask someone who has a hard time with life, he’ll tell you that he wants to die quietly in his sleep, at an old age. For them death is another of life’s many burdens—something to be postponed as long as possible, and experienced under sedation.

Regardless of how it happens, I think death is a necessary component of this world. Death is like our school’s Principal, checking us out from the end of the hall, making sure that we got there on time, and that we get the most out of our education. And I hold resentment towards this ominous figure, as any schoolboy would. I would much rather run free through the halls, yelling and smashing things. But without this threat constantly looming over my shoulder, would I bother to get any work done? Would I bother to construct a life with meaning? Ultimately, without death, I’d have little reason to live.

Of course, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.