Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Forgiving others for the deep wounds they have caused in our lives is something that takes time to grow into. But recall that we are beings in time - we exist in and through past, present, and future. Thus, we should not expect instantaneous resolutions. God is patient with us, so let’s be patient with ourselves. Forgiving, then, may be a long process and hopefully it will be one that we are challenged to take more seriously as each day goes by.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Oppressive regimes in church and society are appalling. Keeping laws, doing works, and making business so frequently take precedence over God’s love. People are reduced to management schemes and treated as products. New themes and actions of redemption, community, and creativity need to be put in place that will challenge these awful tendencies and their attempt to rob people of learning something about the mysteries of the living God.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
The failure of the self-contained centered self, the “I” of high modernity, has all too often translated into the failure of the entrapped, reduced, de-centered self, the “ZERO” of low postmodernity. While clearing debris away from ourselves is an essential priority and a continual process of same and change, we find the glaring necessity is to find a “real” self in the midst of the wreckage. Unfortunately, our legitimate fears of being deceived may lead us into further shams of the “I” or the “ZERO”, though instead our trajectory towards protection should be to turn to Christ and faith, which offer us a credible way through to a re-centered and reconstituted self beyond the arrogant “I” or the imprisoned “ZERO”.
Friday, October 14, 2016
There is a marvelous wonder and a profound mystery in committed relationships. The hope of beauty and fear of danger encircle our hearts and challenge us to move forward in love. We wrestle with “letting go” or “holding on,” with “form” or “freedom,” with “suspicion” or “trust.” On the way from an individual to a mutuality of space—shared lives together at different levels of intensity—we are invited into new ways of being, seeing, and living, where the drama of inoffensive possession neither stifles, nor disdains the narrative of oneself or the other.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016