So I just finished watching the movie Flight with Denzel Washington. Not a bad movie. Not a great film in terms of art, but certainly an entertaining film for someone who has 60 hours towards their private pilot--something I may never get to finish because of the epilepsy. Anyway, it also is a thinker, though it tends to appeal to that superficial American Christianity that I so dislike. Nevertheless at the end of the film, when the pilot is in prison for manslaughter accepting that he piloted the plain drunk and was guilty of the death of six people, legally at least, he has "accepted Jesus" I guess. On the wall in his cell he has the poem/prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
As a traditional Catholic hypocrite and Pharisee I used to mock that sort of stuff. Sure the poem is superficial and common, but I no longer find myself so judgmental at that sort of stuff, seeing myself as the worst of sinners. And when I speak of traditional Catholics I do not mean all and certainly am not talking of Catholics in general, of which we have a few on here. Getting out of the whole SSPX thing has been good because it puts in you in a certain mindset I think, at least it did me. So for me going east has been good. And I say Eastern Christian because, as of now, I am still Catholic, though when I was in the hospital last week I did tell them when they asked my religious beliefs that I was Eastern Orthodox and even called the Orthodox church in the city to talk to the priest. Anyway I think the Eastern view has made me more peaceful and agreeable to others. Anyone else feel that way after going East, whether Orthodox or Eastern Catholic?