Team: This Guy

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A lot of media attention has gone to the mysterious ‘miracle priest’ who showed up and seemingly vanished from the scene of a car accident in Missouri earlier this month.  The priest, Fr. Patrick Dowling, has come forward and identified himself.  What he has to say is pretty much right on the money in spirit:

If you’re a priest/pastor/person of faith and you see an accident, YOU STOP. 

If you have any questions, I recommend that you go read Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, which is found in chapter 10 of Luke’s gospel.

Some folks might be disappointed that Fr. Dowling didn’t turn to be an ‘angel’ (in the supernatural-being-with-wings sense of the term), but I have to say that I think he was.  The word angel (Mal’ak in Hebrew, Angelos in Greek) just means ‘messenger’ (i.e. one who is sent with a message and a purpose).  I think it is perfectly legitimate to believe that Fr. Dowling was ‘sent’ to that scene with a message and a purpose.  If you wonder what that message is, watch the video again… and if you see someone in need or trouble: YOU STOP.

Right To Pray

Here’s a link to an article I found on Huffington Post:

Missouri To Vote On Prayer Amendment 2 Known As ‘Right To Pray’

I am a firm believer in the separation of church & state.  However, I wonder if it might not be more profitable to challenge this law in ways that are more creative than your average lawsuit?

This amendment is obviously the brain-child of Christian fundamentalists trying to assert their dominance over society.

So, imagine what it would be like if state legislation sessions began with a tribal shaman blessing the four directions and smudging the delegates?  How would it change the flow of public debate if committee meetings began with five minutes of guided Zazen meditation?  Can you imagine a room full of Missouri politicians bowing in reverence toward Mecca?

Of course, they’d never go for it (thus revealing the inherent problem with this amendment), but the idea certainly creates intriguing mental images.