Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Breathing In – Kelli Sorg, 2016
Lerner, Daily Affirmations: I am a child of God and I am learning to see myself as God sees me .…I have what it takes to lead a full and productive life.
Larsen and Hegarty, Believing in Myself: Prayer is the act of reaching out for power greater than our own.
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day: So much of being sane and happy begins with the doing of things that are sane and happy. This means we must train ourselves to think small rather than large. We become frightened because we have ‘big decisions’ to make. But big decisions can be made gently, a small step at a time. But again, notice that world in there – ‘step’. Walking leads us a step at a time. Walking gives us a gentle path. We are talked to as we walk. We hear guidance. It comes from within us and from the world around us. Walking is a potent form of prayer. “Guide me, show me,’ we pray as we walk, and as we walk we are guided and we are shown. (166)
Kelli: Moving our bodies physically, gently, may be the means to the emotional or spiritual action for which we long but can’t seem to make happen on our own. It calls for the power of faith and sometimes we just have to ask for it.
Thomas Keating. Invitation to Love: The way of pure faith is to persevere in contemplative practice without worrying about where we are on the journey and without comparing ourselves to with others or judging others’ gifts as better than ours. We can be spared all this nonsense if we surrender ourselves to the divine action, whatever the psychological content of our prayer may be. In pure faith, the results are often hidden even from those who are growing the most…the divine light of faith is totally available in the degree that we consent and surrender ourselves to its presence and action within us. It heals the wounds of a lifetime and brings us to transforming union, empowering us to enter Christ’s redemptive program, first by the healing of our own deep wounds, and then by sharing the healing of others. (118-19) (italics mine)
Kelli: I believe that healing and empowerment are what we all are searching for at the core. The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is as available to us as the air for our next breath. But we must choose to breathe….
Thomas Merton: The temper of the county is one of blindness, fat, self-satisfied, ruthless, mindless corruption. A lot of people are uneasy about it but helpless to do anything against it. The rest are perfectly content with the rat race as it is, and with its competitive, acquisitive, hurtling, souped-up drive into nowhere. A massively aimless, baseless, shrewd cockiness that simply exalts itself without purpose. (May 27, 1967, Journal VI, 239)
Kelli: Merton’s view of 1967 seems to sum up 2016 just as well. What is the answer to this ‘souped-up drive into nowhere’? It is the purposeful movement that is counter-cultural and shocking. Not giving up, but surrendering to God and God’s holiness and purpose for every one of us. Deep change in US America and the world only comes through deep change in us first, as individuals and as communities of faith and action. Jesus prescribed the healing, hope-filled measures, we just choose to ignore it: That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself. (Luke 10:27)
Richard Rohr, Radical Grace: For your gift to unfold, you must face its dark side, which is your addictive sin. To understand your sin, you just see that it is partly a gift, but on destructive course. God is humble and able to use both of them for our liberation. It is we who have a problem with living with both sides. (182-3)
Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: Benedict makes two points clearly: First, we are capable of choosing for God in life. We are not trapped by an essential weakness that makes God knowable but not possible. Second, we are more than the body. Choosing God means having to concentrate on nourishing the soul, rather than on sating the flesh, not because the flesh is bad but because the flesh is not enough to make the human fully human. To give ourselves entirely to the pleasures of the body may close us to beauties known only to the soul. Humility lies in knowing who we are and what our lives are meant to garner. The irony of humility is that, if we have it, we know we are made for greatness, we are made for God. (82)
Kelli: Another age-old answer to the seemingly modern problem of fear and meaninglessness. Will ours be the generations that move our society in positive directions or will Merton’s description of 1967 be just as true in 2067? That’s not a rhetorical question.