Quantitative Easing

There was rather imprecise understanding all around us. How worried should I be in all of this?

Quantitative easing was the term used by the Federal Reserve bank. Money was cheap these days. Despite the fact that easy money had created most of the world’s troubles.

I had a goddaughter that was now 24. Her belated birthday celebration was in three hours. I am not sure if she was given the choice of the menu. I had loved the celebration of genealogy in her holy day of baptism. It was in the genealogy that the baptized were connected, a realization that had more meaning following the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

My sister came back from Israel and Egypt 4 months ago, and I had seen the pictures of Moses’ burning bush. Coptic Catholics had possession of the bush which still was in Egypt. It could not be transplanted. It had been tried. Over and over. So the burning bush was still in Egypt. Last November, I had missed the subtleness of the reality and the meaning of those who had tried to transplant it.

Churches and schools were the institution dedicated to leading people out of their darkness. The conflict amongst the baptized. The conflict of the Christian world with the unbaptized over what we actually do and how we actually live. It was not about dogma. Or meatless Fridays. It was not about compulsory prayer as much as it was about learning intimacy, how to communicate, and how to worship with intimacy in a relationship.

There was a desire of everyone for an intimate relationship. It is a dangerous process opening to someone. It is a dangerous process to tell them how to live their own unique life. There is a need to risk in a relationship before you can be comfortable, before you can be truly intimate, and yes, have efficient sex.

Intimacy. Prayer and sex were a lot alike. Monogamy. Monotheism. Revelations. Of imperfections. His. Hers.

I had this goddaughter who was moving in with her boyfriend in one week. The birthday celebrant. She was taking “the quantitative-easing” route that was all the rage these days. I saw her future and where she was headed now, in these turbulent times, as a result of this move, more as one of either of the “D” words. In her life and in the life of the economy. Deflation. Depression.

The first to be deflated would be her grandmother. No one would be hearing the news tonight, I have been told.

Genealogy. Setting high standards and priding itself on its dignity and decorum, genealogy could get a battering over the course of a 12 month period.

Genealogy. And my niece. Her “Catholic education” ended at the age of 14. The root meaning of ‘education’ was ‘to lead people out.’ “Catholic education” was about passing along the religious tradition, an attempt to convey meaning.

I think the best comedians were either Jewish or Irish. God and His sense of humor. And the subtleness of the reality of those who try to transplant tradition. Developed over time. In individual relationships. Those sacraments. The outward signs. On public display. The public display of affection. There used to be seven.

Who could believe in the sacraments? It was always the question. Who WOULD believe in the sacraments? A virgin birth. Who could believe? Or who WOULD believe in a virgin birth? Then. Or now? A Messiah? Who would believe in a Messiah? Then? Or now? That was the mystery. The darn near impossible. God! This year. Who WOULD believe in God? It was always the question. Then. Or now.

So what did all of this mean? Genealogy. Then. And now

Heraclitus was a philosopher who believed “You cannot step twice into the same river. For other waters are continuously flowing on.”

I think he wrote it about the time of the baptism. When there was an imprecise understanding all around. Then. And now.


POST SCRIPT: From the July 25th Atlantic Monthly piece by Emma Green:

In 1970, there were roughly 426,000 Catholic weddings, accounting for 20 percent of all marriages in the United States that year. Beginning in 1970, however, Catholic marriages went into decades of steady decline, until the turn of the new century – when that decline started to become precipitous: Between 2000 and 2012, Church weddings dropped by 40 percent, according to new data from the Official Catholic Directory. Given other demographic trends in the denomination, this pattern is question-raising: As of 2012, there were an estimated 76.7 million Catholics in the United States, a number that has been growing for at least four decades."

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  1. paperlessworld on

    Concerning the percentage of “paperless” marriages, as they are called. In the new paperless world.

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