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the new possibility for life—
“success,” even, dare we call it?—
but only by the passing through,
of a den of lions.
If joy could be bought,
what would I pay?
If, as advertising peddles,
joy could be mine today
would I buy it?
I say all this on Ash Wednesday so that we will make sure to get the whole point of it right: when we reflect upon calls to repentance, we must remember that repentance is simply a word that means to change, to turn the whole of ourselves toward true joy…
I have even, at times, despaired of God’s existence. My interpretation of the Scriptures with which I used to console myself that God was “in control” or watching over us all pale in the face of chemical bombs dropping on Syria’s children.