Advance thanks

I wouldn't recognize Rosie O’Donnell if we bumped into each other’s baskets at the supermarket, but I know she’s big on television. And on the basis of just one of her sentences, reported in a recent issue of Time, I nominate her for a position on liturgical commissions and other groups that decide what should go on in contemporary worship and public prayers.

“I bumped into God backstage, and he said, ‘You’re welcome,’” O’Donnell said. As Time reported, she was “assuring prospective Grammy winners that each didn’t have to thank God in acceptance speeches.” I consider that useful advice for moving things along at public rites, good for the name of God, and kind to viewers of award ceremonies and overtime football games.


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