Digging around You Tube for videos for the “Art & Catholicism” course I teach led me to this video.  I’ve always liked this song (a similar song, “Wake Up Dead Man,” is also excellent), & together with “Rebellion” from The Brothers Karamazov it nicely dramatizes the horrors of the suffering of children & the numbness & moral outrage it produces.  Ivan Karamazov uses the suffering of children to indict God for a plan that is, in his view, outrageously lopsided.  It sets up his brilliant parable, “The Grand Inquisitor.”

U2 tends to go heavy on the hope, but occasionally, as in this song, the lyrics are darker, more despondent.  “Wake Up Dead Man” likewise reflects the difficulty inherent in waiting for hope & history to rhyme.  Love that phrase:  it’s from the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.  Here’s the excerpt from “The Cure at Troy”:

Human beings suffer,
they torture one another,
they get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
can fully right a wrong
inflicted or endured.

The innocent in gaols
beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker’s father
stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
faints at the funeral home.

History says, Don’t hope
on this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
the longed for tidal wave
of justice can rise up,
and hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
on the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
and cures and healing wells.

Call the miracle self-healing:
The utter self-revealing
double-take of feeling.
If there’s fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
the outcry and the birth-cry
of new life at its term.


Some of the male students I’ve taught have handwriting that resembles that of my 8 year old son, though not as neat.  These are Seniors in high school.  Seems that since our sister school has given laptops to all students, many of them never have a need to write by hand.  I wish them well, since no matter how digitalized their iLives become, handwriting will remain, at least for awhile, an important sign of maturity.

Here’s a story worth reading about why handwriting should continue to occupy our attention.


In this spirit of honoring God’s work in Christ, which continues in the Church & through the voices, literal & figurative, of artists, we offer this prayer (shamelessly grabbed from another site).  We’ll broaden the meaning, taking for “literary revival” a revival in all the arts God has blessed us with.


O, Jesus, Who said, “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my Word shall not pass,” You are the Living and Eternal Word through Whom all that exists was made and is sustained. You delighted in proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom by means of stories.

Through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, St. Joseph (Your guardian , Mary’s chaste spouse, and protector of Christ’s faithful), St. Francis de Sales (patron of Catholic writers), Cardinal John Henry Newman (patron of Catholic essayists and novelists), Pope John Paul II the Great (patron of Catholic poets, artists, playwrights, and personalists), and all the holy men and women throughout the ages who have spread the Kingdom of Goodness, Truth and Beauty by means of words and images, we ask You humbly but confidently for the graces we need to contribute to a renewed culture of beauty (in service of love and life), including a Catholic literary revival, for our times.

1.    Our Father
2.    Hail Mary
3.    Glory Be

Jesus, Eternal Beauty, we trust in You.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  Amen.

Trinity icon by Andrei Rublev, c. 1410


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