Posts Tagged ‘Patience’

Living with all that is Unresolved

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We have to learn to live with all that is unresolved.  From Fr. Richard Rohr…

If you are to live on this earth, you cannot bypass the necessary tension of holding contraries and inconsistencies together. Daily ordinary experiences will teach you nonduality in a way that is no longer theoretical or abstract. It becomes obvious in everything and everybody, every idea and every event, almost hidden in plain sight. Everything created is mortal and limited and, if you look long enough, paradoxical. By paradox, I mean something that initially looks contradictory or impossible, but in a different frame or at a different level is in fact deeply true.

It is indeed a necessary tension, a tension where faith grows and deepens.

So language shifts to “I can’t solve this”.  ”I don’t know”.

I do know this though … “Be still and know that I am God.”

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.  Rilke

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Others are worthy of a love that does not go away … ever.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

One author I recently heard talked of his upcoming book, “The Most Over-rated Generation.”  In that book, he talks of his generation and younger, raised on the perpetual sunshine of constant commentary around “how great you are.” The fruit of such loose and shallow sunshine … a generation of folks more interested in talking about change than actual change.  It is again the old bugaboo – Christianity far more interested in self esteem than self surrender, more focused on image than action.

What needs reclaimed is a tenacity that is able to love for the long term.  Such a love continues when those very acts of love have become boring and tedious, a love that in its perseverance overcomes fear.  As one non-profit leader noted, this becomes “long obedience in one direction” characterized by the uncommon willingness to stick with it, tenaciously.  Willing to say, “We do not go away … ever.”

That is hard to “sell” as a Church.  Who wants to be told THAT?  Well my guess is you do!

“Advent is a groaning.”

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

I love these words. “Advent is a groaning.” And it is.

Much of the Christmas season is a season of waiting,  a season of patience.  If we see Christmas as countdown-to-gifts, the patience takes a certain color.  If however we see Christmas as countdown-to-birth, the color shifts. When we speak of Advent, we speak of birth not gifts.

As a father of  5 beautiful children, I have heard my wife many times, while pregnant, say she was ready not to be pregnant any more.  Those comments, offered in the midst of frustration over aching legs, lack of sleep, tiredness, while serious in a sense, were not literal.  No mother wants their child to arrive in month 6, knowing all too well the complications created by an early delivery.

“Waiting” of course is not always joyous.  Much is just such “groaning.”

That is well worth remembering as we enter this advent season.  God so seeks to be born into our lives, not as a gift per se, but as a living, breathing, look-me-in-the-eyes presence.  Immanuel, God with us.