Sunday, September 09, 2007

Pavarotti and Kennedy

The loss of two giants: Musical giant Luciano Pavarotti and spiritual, cultural and political giant Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy. Also, Mother Teresa's 'dark night."

Oatney On the Air-September 9, 2007



At Sunday, September 09, 2007 6:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Where's the sport podcast? I was really looking forward to a NFL football preview - since that's what you promised to us last weekend.

Matt Daley really knows his stuff and I enjoy listening to his insight. He's definitely one of your better guests.

At Monday, September 10, 2007 3:28:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

It is simply a matter of schedule co-ordination. My schedule is now officially all flipped...(I am up at night most of the time and down during the day). That means I now must do most shows at 11 pm or later (on most days). All it will take is a little creative schedule co-ordination between Matt Daley and myself.

At Monday, September 10, 2007 6:56:00 AM, Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

I always had the deepest love and respect for Mother Teresa.

It's one thing for someone to call themselves a Catholic. It's another to actually be one.

And even in her years of doubt, she never failed to act like one. She didn't hate someone for not believing like her...she prayed for them. She didn't spew vile words of hate to those who disagreed with her, she held them.

She reminded me of one of the fundamental principles of Catholicism: (From

In essence the letter deals with the love of God and of the brethren which are the hallmark of the Christian. For "if anyone says 'I love God', and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also" (4:20-21). As we have seen in many places, the commandment of fraternal love is an old commandment: God always wanted us to love others and he made this a basic commandment for the people of the Old Alliance (Lev. 19:18). But it is also a "new" commandment because it finds its fullest meaning in Christ's life and teaching an 15:12-13). Through fidelity to this commandment, Jesus said, "all men will know that you are my disciples" an 13:35). Therefore, "he who hates his brother is in the darkness" (1 John 2:9).

Jerome tells us that when John was a very old man his only message was "little children, love one another." And when his disciples asked him why he was always saying the same thing he always replied, "My children, this is what the Lord commands; if we do this, nothing else is necessary." The reason for this is that there is no other way to conquer the world, which is God's enemy.

I am sure it pains you when you see Catholics hate and spew petty, mean spirited words.

Hypocrisy has been, and continues to be the worst enemy of the Church.

I would hope that all who call themselves "Catholic" would take a page from Mother Teresa.

I was floored after reading her letters and seeing how every waking moment she loved others, while doubting herself and God. Her doubts didn't keep her from her deeds.

Simply put, you can't be a hateful, mean, vengeful person and be a Catholic. And any person who tries to justify that is saying good and evil can peacefully coexist.

No, they can't.

So Mother Teresa, to me, at least, was the perfect example of a good Catholic...a great Catholic. A saint.


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