Posts tagged "Ireland"

Van The Man Was Lifted Up Again

Van The Man Was Lifted Up Again

It’s not really accurate to say that Van Morrison went through a religious phase. That would imply that he had a non-religious phase. He was born into Northern Irish Protestant Anglicanism, had some childhood exposure to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, later on flirted with both Scientology and Rosicrucianism, explored Zen Buddhism, and nowadays simply describes himself as a Christian mystic (a la Kerouac). Accounting for the curiosity, he once explained, “I got interested in studying the religious thing because it was never shoved down my throat, whereas most of the people I grew up with or went …

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Bono on Healing, Reconciliation, and The Saville Report

Bono on Healing, Reconciliation, and The Saville Report

A moving editorial by Bono in yesterday’s NY Times about the remarkable events that took place in Ireland last week. I’m not sure ‘grace’ is the right word, but Cameron’s humility was certainly disarming, in the most important sense. From all appearances it was one of those all-too-rare moments of public life, an instance of genuine surrender and supplication that borders on repentance. And though I would be interested to hear from the Ulstermen themselves, Bono’s note of hard-won optimism strikes me as appropriate and even a little resurrection-like (ht SN):

“What happened should never ever have happened,” said the new…

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