Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Susan Boyle: Why Do We Care So much?

Michael Paulson, the Boston Globe's religion writer, asks, "Why does video of Susan Boyle move us?" I've been wondering the same thing - he says "Google reports that "Susan Boyle" is . . . the second fastest-rising search term in the world." In answer, Paulson points us to what James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest who is the associate editor of America magazine, says about that:

The way we see Susan Boyle is very nearly the way God sees us: worthwhile, special, talented, unique, beautiful. The world generally looks askance at people like Susan Boyle, if it sees them at all. Without classic good looks, without work, without a spouse, living in a small town, people like Susan Boyle may not seem particularly "important." But God sees the real person, and understands the value of each individual's gifts: rich or poor, young or old, single or married, matron or movie star, lucky or unlucky in life. God knows us. And loves us.

"Everybody is somebody" said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at his installation Mass in New York City yesterday. That's another reason why the judges smile and the audience explodes in applause.

Because they recognized a basic truth planted deep within them by God: Susan Boyle is somebody.

Everybody is somebody.

Makes sense to me.

(If you have been hibernating in a cave somewhere and have not seen the video clip the Rev. Martin is writing about, it is here, at the bottom of the page.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't find her to be a very talented singer. Dress her up like a Miss America contestant and she barely gets a collective yawn.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Lowell Brown said...

Dear Anonymous:

You've completely missed the point.

Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Susan Boyle is God right now. She can hold an impromptu concert in Central Park and there will be hundreds of thousands of people there to watch her, to imagine what it must be like to sing a song and have the power to move people, and to see her at the peak of her fame. Yes, I said peak. You can't get much bigger than she is now.

Just take a look at her video from 1984, she was definitely not a GOD back then.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009 4:14:00 PM  

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