Bono’s Op-Ed in the NY Times

You can read the whole piece here, but I thought these two parts stood out the most:

  • Then comes the dying and the living that is Easter. It’s a transcendent moment for me — a rebirth I always seem to need. Never more so than a few years ago, when my father died. I recall the embarrassment and relief of hot tears as I knelt in a chapel in a village in France and repented my prodigal nature — repented for fighting my father for so many years and wasting so many opportunities to know him better. I remember the feeling of “a peace that passes understanding” as a load lifted. Of all the Christian festivals, it is the Easter parade that demands the most faith — pushing you past reverence for creation, through bewilderment at the idea of a virgin birth, and into the far-fetched and far-reaching idea that death is not the end. The cross as crossroads. Whatever your religious or nonreligious views, the chance to begin again is a compelling idea.
  • I come to lowly church halls and lofty cathedrals for what purpose? I search the Scriptures to what end? To check my head? My heart? No, my soul. For me these meditations are like a plumb line dropped by a master builder — to see if the walls are straight or crooked. I check my emotional life with music, my intellectual life with writing, but religion is where I soul-search.
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1 Response to Bono’s Op-Ed in the NY Times

  1. MamaToots says:

    Paragraph 2 is especially beautiful………..but I really liked the last line of the article: "Not all soul music comes from the church".
    As I see it…………….music that comes from the soul is not bound by the walls of a church or anything else. It is that which God has given us to exalt all that He is.

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