Saturday, June 21, 2008

Three things

Richard John Neuhaus has a lovely tribute to Tim Russert up on the First Things page. It includes a hilariously scathing analysis of the NY Times's recent front-page article on the lessons of same-sex marriage. But I particularly liked the concluding touch to the Russert memorial:

"John Meacham writes that Russert believed that there are three really big things: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two surpass human understanding, so in our humbled state we should make the most of the third."

Perhaps there are bigger things to be inserted between God and human folly? I'm trying to think... Creation? No, for it was subject to human folly. Angelic powers? No, for they envy us our imago Dei. And is laughter greater still than any of these? Perhaps so.

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