Editor:

I usually love Charles’ sarcasm about what’s going on in the ‘hood.
However, I think he went a little too far in Wednesday’s (2/6/19) Curious City, Revved Up, column where he was writing about our wonderful Agape and the awesome music they play.
He said, “C’mon Catholics – a guitar mass just doesn’t cut it.”   I’m not even Catholic but love attending many different churches and services in the area, learning about their philosophies and checking out how they fit inside as I witness and experience each presentation.  I have had many a spiritual experience in these services, including in Catholic masses even without the guitars.  It’s fine for him to have his opinions, but it would be nice if he honored that we are each different and have our religious and/or spiritual needs met as works for each of us.
Joy Klein

Santa Monica

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  1. Joy, i absolutely do honor that we are each different and have our religious and/or spiritual needs met as works for each of us. n fact, that sort of attitude gets me in hot water with my Catholic HS classmates back in NM, who mostly see only one way or the highway (to Hell).

    I appreciate that the Catholic Church tried to “get with it” in the ’60s by adding modern instruments. I guess my point was that after experiencing the dynamism and joy that Agape adds to a service with their music, which in fact one has always found in many black American churches, it makes other approaches uninspiring by comparison.

    Does Mavis Staples or some droning Bible reciter move me closer to the infinite? For me it’s no contest, but I certainly would never deny anyone their particular spiritual path. Whatever gets you through the night.

    Yes, sarcasm, I’ve always loved it, because it’s a way of trashing something with a wink that your words are not serious and literal.

  2. Joy, I do indeed honor that we are each different and have our religious and/or spiritual needs met as works for each of us. Whatever gets you through the night, as long as you don’t try to force it on others, I applaud.

    I have always appreciated sarcasm, as a tongue-in-cheek way of slamming something but hinting you don’t really mean it, as least not that strongly.

    For me personally, listening to certain Aretha albums gets me closer to the infinite than 1000 guitars strumming the Our Father. Check out the church choir scene in “The Harder They Come” — that’s my kind of come-to-Jesus.

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