Monday, 6 November 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
Tragedy is always a challenge, whether you are a believer or not. The believer's profession that there is a "good God" (a God of Love, even) appears, on the surface, to be contradicted by SOME of the facts of time. As we reflect on this tragedy we should bear in mind that we do not have all the facts and that, as finite beings, we do not see the 'beginning from the end'. The Father took an enormous gamble in endowing us (us= unwise, selfish, immature, shortsighted, damaged, and broken individuals) with free will but, in his infinite wisdom this obviously seemed like a good idea. He must have figured that he could make right whatever we do wrong, fix whatever we could break - make it "better than new" even, and was willing to suffer the mishaps of time and imperfection because there was something of inestimable value to be gained by allowing us to make mistakes - even terribly tragic mistakes. This is a SHARED universe and not everything that is done is God's fault, we must shoulder some of the responsibility for the tragedies that befall us. We cannot, or at least should not, use examples of tragedy to deny God's love or the efficacy of His divine will. Moreover, why should we allow the small, dark and bloody errors of the children of time to obscure the more abundant glory and goodness of God? He gave us OPPORTUNITY but how we use this is our responsibility. It's certainly not His fault if one of our brethren chooses the ways of darkness. However, in the midst of the darkness of despair brought down upon our heads by error, selfishness, and sin the true light of love, forgiveness, and hope blazes eternal. Only in the darkness do we discover the stars and only in the darkness of tragedy and suffering do we learn the true meaning and power of love and forgiveness. This is a tragic episode but, if we have the eyes, there is much that can be learned from it. In this time of darkness we might discover the spiritual stars (the fundamental spiritual truths) that will lead us to a better place, a better world - one where such tragedies are not merely no longer possible but actually inconceivable. So, let us pray, watch, wait, and prepare to retrieve the gems of wisdom from this unfortunate episode and use them to make a better, safer, and kinder world.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Monday, 17 April 2017
Truth is found in and through the desire for truth. The experience of the hunger for truth is a revelation of truth. It is in the very search for truth that its transforming power is revealed. In answer to its summons individual lives and, through them, whole worlds are pulled out of the dark swamps of ignorance and bestial selfishness and up into the divine heights of spiritual enlightenment and celestial service.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
I read an interesting quote once, the originator of the quote has been vilified by the media – perhaps for good reason – I really don’t know, but his observation is deeply instructive:
We are indeed, at a parting of the ways, what are we going to do? Will we follow the dictates of love or the dictates of fear? Do we even know what we really and truly want? Have we ever taken time to sit for a moment in the stillness and see if we can’t hear that small, still voice – the humble and gentle voice of truth or have we, through the noise, distraction, and blinding glamour of post modern living, forgotten how to do this ‘needful thing’ which all the traditions teach is essential to our wellbeing and happiness? Do we really want this pre-packaged, highly processed, husk of a life (currently on offer) or do we feel that there’s a better deal out there which, if we work together, we can most assuredly get?
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Monday, 27 February 2017
So, what can all this teach us about religion, conflict, and peace?
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Terry Pratchett once pointed out that if you have simple tools you could make more sophisticated tools and with sophisticated tools you could do anything. Social systems are very similar. We start out simple and the simple makes more intelligent and effective groupings possible. Each step forward is dependent upon the integrity of the previous step. However, with the evolution of ever more powerful and sophisticated tools eventuates the need for greater individual restraint and necessitates the function of greater and greater wisdom. Power cannot be controlled without wisdom, power without wisdom carries the seeds of its own destructive dissipation and in its vanishing consumes the fool that unwisely sought to control it.