The books I have been reading lately have blown me away. "The restless heart" by Ronald Rolheiser is another such enlightenment. I suppose it is my fascination with how the human works that draws me to these writers. The book lends itself to a deep look at the human condition of loneliness that is unpacked and explained so carefully. There are great differences between what we term, loneliness, alienation and solitude. I cannot do this book justice by skirting its content but if you are concerned about the spiritual heart then do yourself a favour and step into the pages of this Roman Catholic priests mind.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Without the thoroughness of loss we cannot experience the transition into resurrection. The log in the fire is transformed utterly into energy, heat and ash. Those who have died are energy if we gather around our loss of them and experience the fire of their lives. This pertains especially to the loss of those who have died through injustice. When we gather around their graves and mourn we are lifted up by their transcendent resurrection energy, our compassion grows and their hope becomes ours. The reverse is no doubt true when we avoid our grief and thus miss out on the resurrection fire. (Thoughts inspired by Parker J. Palmer & Latin American poem – ‘They have threatened us with resurrection’)
The truth is that our grieving with others attaches us with their cause, their lot, suffering and condition in a profound way. Teach me how to grieve God that compassion may flow abundantly.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Matthew 16:25 (New International Version)
"25For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
This verse of scripture always niggles somewhere at the back of my mind. I suppose the reason is it just doesn't make any sense in the normal run of things. It is a call to live outside of the current paradigm of 'success & failure', where success is rewarded and failure is ignored or frowned upon. My experience is that the more we live for the successes in life we quickly drop in the in-between times to being disappointed until we reach the next success story. We are programmed to move upward towards greatness but the opposite may be called for when encountering Christ. This would mean embracing our failures and in doing so embrace the reality of the human lot. To learn from the 'downs' in our life and enter into the reality of the human race as weak, broken and in need of healing we tell the real story. To 'find life' is about the real things of life, the way we walk with others, hear each other and to live in the light of the greatest 'failure' story - the lonely Christ who identified with human weakness.