Bono asks if we know where our soul is

bonoBono, the lead singer of the band U2 and a co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, is a contributing columnist for The New York Times and writes this week about the rhythm of the Christina faith through Easter. “I am a long way from the warm breeze of voices I heard a week ago on Easter Sunday. “Glorify your name,” the island women sang, as they swayed in a cut sandstone church. I was overwhelmed by a riot of colour, an emotional swell that carried me to sea. Christianity, it turns out, has a rhythm — and it crescendos this time of year. The rumba of Carnival gives way to the slow march of Lent, then to the staccato hymnals of the Easter parade. From revelry to reverie. After 40 days in the desert, sort of … Carnival — rock stars are good at that. “Carne” is flesh; “Carne-val,” its goodbye party. ……This is a Joy that cannot be conjured. This is life force. This is the heart full and spilling over with gratitude. “The rock star goes on to talk about the problems he had with the self denial aspects of lent, so much so that he gave up lent altogether, but loves the transcendent moment of Easter which he describes as “ a rebirth I always seem to need. 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. “• He goes on to  explain his need for soul-searching through the scriptures  and sets out a radical agenda for the world from this story of re-birth and new beginnings; “Carnival is over. Commerce has been overheating markets and climates … the sooty skies of the industrial revolution have changed scale and location, but now melt ice caps and make the seas boil in the time of technological revolution. Capitalism is on trial; globalization is, once again, in the dock. We used to say that all we wanted for the rest of the world was what we had for ourselves. Then we found out that if every living soul on the planet had a fridge and a house and an S.U.V., we would choke on our own exhaust. Lent is upon us whether we asked for it or not. And with it, we hope, comes a chance at redemption. But redemption is not just a spiritual term, it’s an economic concept. At the turn of the millennium, the debt cancellation campaign, inspired by the Jewish concept of Jubilee, aimed to give the poorest countries a fresh start. Thirty-four million more children in Africa are now in school in large part because their governments used money freed up by debt relief. This redemption was not an end to economic slavery, but it was a more hopeful beginning for many. And to the many, not the lucky few, is surely where any soul-searching must lead us.”

At the beginning of his ministry Jesus announced his intentions by reading from the scriptures in the synagogue- Bono chose The New York Times. Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/opinion/19bono.html?_r=3

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2 responses to “Bono asks if we know where our soul is

  1. George Mathews

    Thanks for leading me to that article. Isn’t wonderful that some great icons like Bono have things so meaningful as what he said to say, and to stand for it. That’s what a truly great man does with all that he has achieved.
    (By the way, found your blog in the tag surfer)

  2. Shame Bono’s article wasn’t published in the uk. I have a lot of respect for him ad his message. I blogged a little about it here:
    http://damascusmoments.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/bono-god/

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