Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wisdom from Colbert

Yet another reason I love Stephen Colbert: he has insights like this....

Always a devout Catholic, Colbert lost his faith after graduating from college. “I was very depressed about it,” he says. “I wanted the idea that I would see my father and brothers again, and it was heartbreaking to think that that wouldn’t happen.” Then, one winter day, as Colbert walked down a street in Chicago, a Gideon handed him a Bible. “It was so cold I had to crack the pages,” he recalls. “I flipped it open, and it had a list of things to read about if you were feeling different ways. Under ‘Anxiety,’ it said ‘Matthew V,’ the Sermon on the Mount.” He paraphrases: “‘Who among you by worrying can change a hair on his head?’ It spoke to me.”

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...Colbert remembers the lesson of the Sermon on the Mount: “That’s being fearless,” he says. “Not living in fear is a great gift, because certainly these days we do it so much. And do you know what I like about comedy? You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time. If you’re laughing, I defy you to be afraid.

Amen!

More of this interview at The Word: The Colbert Blog for Catholic It-Getters.

3 comments:

Queen of Dysfunction said...

It is so encouraging to see that other people that I consider to be bright and intelligent people battling the same things I have. What a great story.

angelmeg said...

I am so impressed that he gets so much blatantly Catholic content onto a show on Comedy Central. If he weren't a commedian none of that stuff would fly with the network.

God Bless His Ministry.

kevin said...

queenie...your comment seems to border on the side of arrogance.....Just sayin...