Friday, August 05, 2005

Love interrupts

U2's Bono describes Christ's saving grace in an interview
with Catholic News Agency. I may be showing my age, but "The Joshua Tree" is probably the most Christ-haunted album I've ever heard. Even the titles are existential. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Where the Streets Have No Name," etc.

Anyway.

The most interesting part of the article is where Bono contrasts grace (""mind blowing concept...that keeps me on my knees.") with karma.

"At the center of all religions" Bono tells his skeptical interviewer, "is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics-in physical laws-every action is met by an equal or an opposite one."
"And yet," he says, "along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff."

Back when I thought I was a Buddhist, I walked with a Quaker friend through a park in one of the poorest parts of Philadelphia. Stepping over 40 oz. malt liquor bottles and who knows what else, I explained to my friend the reasons I couldn't be a Christian (or a "Christer" as she put it). At the end of my litany, I said, "However, I do believe in grace." Then I said, "But I guess that isn't really compatible with Buddhism." She merely smiled. Six months later I reverted to Roman Catholicism.