Because I enjoyed the delight of caring for my grandson I now have his generously shared cold which means I’ve been gentle with myself.  I listened to the fireworks from the couch absorbing how the day began – more killing by someone who spoke his beliefs and yet was not stopped.

I’m reading Krista Tippett who believes in hope as do I.  She responds to Rilke’s words in “Letters to a Young Poet”, “And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

She says:  The notion of living the questions in a world that is in love with answers. I’ve been reading Rilke since I was in Berlin almost 40 years ago, but what I feel coming back to our world is this idea that to do justice to a question means that you cannot rush to an answer. What you’re called to do is hold the question itself, dwell with the question respectfully, and love the question. Live your way into the answer. If you hold a question, if you’re faithful, the question will be faithful back to you.

I think we’re all with how we stop gun violence in this country.  In 2020, more than 45,000 Americans died of gun-related injuries.  I think it’s time to look at the senators who receive money from the NRA.  Mitt Romney has received more money from the NRA than any other senator.  He has received $13,647,676 dollars.  Here’s the list of senators who receive money from the NRA and the amounts.

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