Bono: “Lent is upon us…”

That incorrigible Irish rocker Bono has just written a guest Op-Ed column in the New York Times. And he dares to proclaim that “Lent is upon us whether we asked for it or not.”

But wait a minute? Isn’t it Eastertide? Even the Orthodox Churches have celebrated Pascha! Where is Bono coming from, declaring Lent in the middle of April?

Oh, I get it… Bono is one of those pesky Christians who thinks there is no separation between spirituality and the rest of life. And he’s daring to suggest that the economic meltdown is just one big giant Lent — for all of us, whether we want it or not.

He also talks about the death of his father, the fallacy of thinking that the solution to the world’s problems is to export consumerism, and why “Not all soul music comes from the church.”

Take a few minutes and read the entire article: It’s 2009. Do You Know Where Your Soul Is?

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Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Bad Alice

    Thanks for the link! What a great message.

  • DFish

    Thanks for the link Carl. Riveting!

  • http://NA Michael Kennedy

    Bono can write.

    What a message for Bono to be listening to…Mark 8:36

    “what doth it profith a man if he gains the whole world and lose his soul’
    Bono made No comment on it?


  • didymusthomas

    Thanks for the link. Bono is a great voice in this world!

  • Sonia Gallagher

    It’s really great to see when celebrities become involved in spirituality and sometimes even use their fame to promote it. These days, there seems to be a spiritual awakening. In the face of crisis, we all tend to look for God. Funny how that happens.

    In addition to worshiping God through church and religion. People are also tending to look for God in themselves through meditation. Most recently, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of The Beatles reunited to raise funds for Transcendental Meditation.