Thursday, December 5
Over all the years, Mandela showed us a better, kinder and more Christ-like way in which the world could be made. A world based on mutual respect, investment in our youth and meaningful dialogue. It is in our hands now to carry the work on that he began.
"There is no passion in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
- Nelson Mandela
Thursday, August 1
|When you see God, you will.....|
This whole interplay makes me think of the Divine and Faith. If Faith is our reaction to an encounter with the Divine (a working definition which encompasses Trueblood, Aquinas and Lonergan), it requires a few things which I believe explains some people and their lack of Faith. There is a good body of evidence (and a lot of common wisdom) which says that when things are suitably outside of our expectations, humans have the tendency to edit it out of what we perceive unless it is specifically highlighted for us. Thus, someone in a pink elephant costume can walk down the street and at least half the passers-by would not 'see' the pachyderm unless at least one person in the crowd has a suitably large and demonstrative reaction.
Where is God in this? She's right there, nibbling on the leaves within arms reach. Didn't you see Him?
Wednesday, July 24
Do not get me wrong.
What I have seen and heard regarding both the words and deeds of Pope Francis point to him being a man of real compassion and dedication to both God and Church who is putting forth great effort towards righting the institutional wrongs which have crept into the Vatican. Where I part ways with my above-mentioned friends is that they are all a-twitter because the head of a religion is following the tenets of the faith.
To me, it is expected.
You lead by example.
It is what the Master did and it is what all good leaders do. That Pope Francis is doing so means, in my mind, that he has read, understood and feels the message of faith. That others have not and do not.....well, I recall something about a tree and its fruit.