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A Podcast Recommendation for Josh!?!

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on August 8, 2007 - 8:47am

Dear Josh - Since I can not access ALL of my previous blogs, I do not remember if I ever "wrote to you" about this in the past. If I did, please bear with me for I am about to repeat it again.

On July 31, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Founder of the Jesuits. He is another one of my "favorite" saints because I really relate to his school of spirituality called Ignatian Spirituality. Over a decade ago, when I was about your age, I made a form of the Spiritual Exercises of St.Ignatius Loyola called the 19th Annotation or as some call it: "The Retreat in the Modern World." It was a 30 week retreat which was written by St. Ignatius himself. Needless to say, it was a life changing experience for me.

On that retreat, I learned a prayer exercise known as the Consciousness Examen. It is too long of a spiritual exercise to describe here. It would make this e-letter MORE BORING than normal so I am going to forgo its explanation for now. But if you are interested, you can find this exercise on the Internet on the website www.pray-as-you-go.org. This website was created by Jesuit Media Iniitiative, and it has a DAILY Scriptural Meditation based on the consciousness examen. You can download it into your Ipod via Itunes if you are so inclined (And I thought that I read somewhere that you DO have an IPOD - 80 GB, I think. Oh, someone in Grobania, please correct me if I am wrong.) Anyway, if you like podcasts, it is a GREAT ONE to subscribe to.

On July 31, when I was listening to that particular daily podcast, I thought a lot about you because the opening music for that particular meditation came from one of your favorite groups - and NO it is NOT Depeche Mode. The music for that particular meditation was selected from the works of LadySmith Black Mambazo. (Lord, I hope that I spelled that right) Actually, the Jesuit Media Initiatives like to use LadySmith Black Mambazo regularly on this podcast. I do not know the overall musical style of this group, but what is presented on this podcast is very well done, and SOLIDLY scriturally based. The songs from this group on this podcast are usually Scriptural verses that fit the spiritual theme of the day, and they ALWAYS sing it in a Native African Language. I have to admit that I enjoy it very much when the music of LadySmith Black Mambazo leads this podcast. Their music is a treat for the ears and very conducive to prayer. I have to admit, I am quite impressed.

Now I remember, on the Internet version of the AWAKE Album, you talk about how you are a BIG FAN of this group. I also remember busting your chops concerning that song "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode that you like so much. Well, as someone who is overly concerned about your spiritual formation, it is comforting to think that MAYBE you balance the inflammatory music of Depeche Mode with something MORE CONDUCIVE to your spiritual life like the African scripture music sung by LadySmith Black Mambazo. I will never know this for certain, but it is nice to pretend.

There may be a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel after all.

Anyway, I hope that you had fun performing at Grobie friend's home town. I hope that you got to meet her and her daughter because she had front-row seats. I am sure that I will hear more about it in the not-so distant future.

Again, Josh, I hope that the summer tour is going well for you and I am so touched that in Charlotte, North Carolina, you are going to develop an endowment for children in the performing arts. Thank you for using your money and fame to do something good in this "crazy" world.

So always remember Josh, take God as your spouse and friend and walk with Him continually. You will not sin and you will learn to love, and the things that you MUST DO will work out prosperously for you.

Take care and God Bless,

Ampatamia - the Least of All the Grobanites.

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