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June 13, 2010

The “Real World”
                           
     I often wonder if I live in the real world.  I am increasingly aware of the clashes taking place in society and how my experience as a son, brother, priest, pastor, etc. is so often in complete contradiction to what I see taking place around me.   Is the world upside down, or is it me?  Are the values I have known and held on to real or imaginary?  Is our world better than it was years ago or isn’t it?  What is the norm?  Is there a set of absolute truths?  Is everything relative?  Is everybody else’s “truth” what they and only they think it is?  Is the truth I know “true”?  All these questions are surfaced in my thoughts almost every day lately. 

    On Tuesday, June 1 the local newspaper reported he following two stories.  On the front page there was the story of two young men who are in jail awaiting trial for murder, seniors in a New Hampshire high school, who were not suspended from school when arrested and incarcerated.  On the back page was the story from Albany, NY where a boy was suspended from high school for wearing rosary beads around his neck. 

    I am flummoxed.  Everything is reversed, upside down, sideways, etc.  The reality I see reflected around me does not resonate in my heart or my mind.  It is then I realize the enormous import of the Gospel message of Jesus and how it is needed more than ever in society and in the hearts of individuals around this state, this nation and our world. 

The Gospel is correct, the Good News of Jesus is absolute, and His teachings are worthwhile, it is necessary that His people come together each and every week to reset their compasses.  True North and Magnetic North are not the same.  At each celebration of the Eucharist I get to find True North:  the reality of Jesus Christ, of His revelation to us of Our Father and the Holy Spirit, of His Promise that this world is fleeting and that an eternal reality awaits us, of the overwhelming and redemptive worth of His love.

This is the only thing that really keeps me going.  That, all too often, what “the world” gives if false.  That the Love of Christ, reflected in my thoughts and reflections, in family and friends, in parishioners  who are also searching for the same, that Love of Christ is the only absolute reality in the “real” world.
                            Fr. C. Peter Dumont