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A Spiritual Reflection on the life of Whitney Houston
The Examiner ^ | 2/14/12 | Joseph Speranzella

Posted on 02/14/2012 7:08:22 PM PST by Catholic Examiner

Two events will mark this year's Grammy awards, the never thought possible reunion of the Beach Boys and the Two events will mark this years Grammy awards, the never thouhght possible reunion of the Beach Boys and the death of the 80's diva Whitney Houston. One might wonder what would interest a religious writer about this celebrity's life and death. Let's just say it offers a cautionary tale.

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1 posted on 02/14/2012 7:08:26 PM PST by Catholic Examiner
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To: Catholic Examiner

Dead at 48. Does anyone need to wonder why? I just remember a few of her music videos during the 80’s, and was sad later to see the interviews where she looked as strung-out as any crack addict, while claiming crack was too cheap for hear. What makes the more expensive stuff any better though, really?


2 posted on 02/14/2012 7:17:56 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Catholic Examiner

Pardon the “pasting” error on this post. I’m using a smartphone that is smarter than I am. :)


3 posted on 02/14/2012 7:27:26 PM PST by Catholic Examiner
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To: Catholic Examiner

So another Junkie dies, who cares?? Why people get so enthralled with these court jester types is beyond me, for the most part they are losers and arguably the dumbest people I have ever met.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 7:29:32 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Yeah I know...she was classy...then she was trashy.


5 posted on 02/14/2012 7:29:58 PM PST by Catholic Examiner
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To: Catholic Examiner

Not to be insensitive, but back in the day the pundits called Elvis “just another dead doper” upon his death.

So many great talents lost to drugs, sad. I don’t know what caused the end this women’s life, but I do know that drugs were a great contributor if not the final arbiter.


6 posted on 02/14/2012 7:30:34 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

I just saw Whitney Houston and Elvis, both in sunglasses walking down the Las Vegas strip together. Nobody even noticed them.... you read it here first....8^)


7 posted on 02/14/2012 7:37:54 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: eyeamok

Mayhap because we admire their talent and will miss their artistic contribution to society?

Throughout history we have had heroes that have inspired us, yet their lives were less then exemplar. Yet they remain our heroes because of what they contributed.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 7:38:45 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: annelizly

Does everyone know that Whitney Houston was the niece of Dionne Warwick?

Years ago, that fact came up from time to time. But I haven’t heard it mentioned at all upon her death. Nor have I heard any public statement from Dionne Warwick. If they had a family falling out, that’s a tragic post script to her death.


10 posted on 02/14/2012 7:49:55 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: annelizly

Exactly. A beautiful, talented woman who became a cautionary tale.


11 posted on 02/14/2012 7:50:58 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (You cannot fix stupid. Not even with JB Weld.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

There was no falling out. Warwick did make a brief statement.

Also, Aretha Franklin was her godmother.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 7:56:30 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Indeed. That's why I regard my own life as not totally wasted.

≤}B^)

13 posted on 02/14/2012 7:59:15 PM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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To: Catholic Examiner

Enough already. Look, she was a once very talented young lady who blew it on drugs and selling her soul for the “life”. We don’t need another two weeks of the MSM accolades heaping praise on another fading and failed dead junkie.


14 posted on 02/14/2012 8:28:22 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Catholic Examiner

I don’t follow the pop culture but as soon as I heard she sang in the choir as a child, I knew she like Elvis died daily in their lives by carrying the convictions of their sins. Both of these singers were given a gift from God, which was a reminder daily of how much He loved them. But no, they turned around and said thank you to the Devil. That is why they were so tortured. May God have mercy on both Whitney and Elvis’ souls.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 8:30:11 PM PST by ladyL
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I swear I read somewhere that she talked to Dionne the day she died...


16 posted on 02/14/2012 8:50:22 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Does everyone know that Whitney Houston was the niece of Dionne Warwick?

Yes, it has been mentioned. She was also related to Aretha Franklin. In fact, Dionne Warwick escorted the body back with the family and was with them to make arrangements at the funeral home.

17 posted on 02/14/2012 8:54:03 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: eyeamok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jeUINzHK9o


18 posted on 02/14/2012 9:17:13 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: World'sGoneInsane

Whitney started out as a “church girl”. Guess she could have used a real life bodyguard...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd6VQpe6e5I


19 posted on 02/14/2012 9:22:15 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Catholic Examiner
A Spiritual Reflection on the life of Whitney Houston
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Empty books all, except for perhaps Jeremy Lin in the last volume.
20 posted on 02/14/2012 9:22:51 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: eyeamok
IMHO, no one has ever sung the national anthem since Whitney Houston paid tribute to the troops serving in the Gulf.

She was a gifted performer, and it was sad to see her and her family suffer then and now.

21 posted on 02/14/2012 9:22:51 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: Fu-fu2
Whitney started out as a “church girl”.

She did not forget where she came from. She was very altruistic. The final tribute paid to her will be back at the church she sang at. These are the people who knew her gift before the rest of the world.

22 posted on 02/14/2012 9:34:28 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Visit www.Newt.org--People will make the difference!)
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To: Catholic Examiner

I am so disappointed with what I’m seeing on thread. I’m not star struck and don’t mourn her passing more or less than any the death of any of Gods children. But to read things in the vein of “just another dead junkie” on what I had thought was a Christian website saddens me.

Jesus made it very clear that if we judge others in an absence of grace, we will not receive his grace.

We are all hopelessly flawed and fall short of what God demands from us. Her failings may have more dramatic than those posting such things but none of us deserve Gods grace. This is the amazing thing about God’s grace; it’s forgiveness we don’t deserve. And God’s grace knows no limits.

And by the way, the last song she sung publicly was an impromptu rendition of “Jesus Loves me.” I have sinned too many times to judge her. I need God’s grace.


23 posted on 02/14/2012 10:13:16 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
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To: Catholic Examiner

The liberal cult leads to hopelessness, emptiness and death. Welcome to obamaville.

Pray for America


24 posted on 02/14/2012 10:23:45 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
Amen! I watched an interview with one of her best friends today (who is a pastor), who said she loved Jesus but was a tortured soul and that she called this friend several times a week to pray. Talked to her the day she died and she had gospel music on in the background. Addiction is a powerful thing. On many occasion she publicly professed Christ. We will never know for sure until we get there, but I believe she is free from her chains and is singing praises to her savior.
25 posted on 02/15/2012 12:33:05 AM PST by Anti-Hillary (Under Romney's Governorship, MA. was the birthplace of gay marriage & socialized medicine in America)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better; Anti-Hillary
"...the last song she sung publicly was an impromptu rendition of “Jesus Loves me.”

What were the odds of that? Her “last performance” could have been any one of a thousand songs.

I received that as The Lord’s gift to Whitney’s mom; assuring her that her daughter is safe and with Him now, TRULY “free at last.”

26 posted on 02/15/2012 5:15:17 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Thank you for those words. I have no use for most celebrities beyond the talents they offer, but they, like us, are human. While I have not been involved in drug use, I am far from perfect. I regret that so many can wave off the loss of a human life so coldy, with insults and name-calling on the way out. There is no need to celebrate her failings, but a little compassion, or simply keeping quiet if that is not possible, seems in order...


27 posted on 02/15/2012 5:43:58 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: NCLaw441

Well said NClaw!!


28 posted on 02/15/2012 11:03:55 AM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
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To: All

Thanks for the great conversation and insight.

Blessings to you all,

Joe


29 posted on 02/15/2012 12:44:28 PM PST by Catholic Examiner
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