When you look closely at the chart for Battlefield of the Soul, you will see in small lettering: "God help me to believe the truth about myself no matter HOW beautiful it is." I have used that many, many times to start off a homily. Some of my best friends, and worst enemies will now ask, what are the magic word(s) to get you end the homily??? Well, there are no word(s) but a consistent checking of you iPhone does have an effect. In the old days it was just checking the watches again and again. Let’s move on. Today I see my role as a "HOPE PUNCKER." A word that only recently has been added to my vocabulary. There is so much negativity attributed to that word "religion" it is incumbent on all of us to spread the good, enlivening news which a healthy spirituality affords. A healthy spirituality leads to action. We have to accept the reality we are all responsible for not only our health but also the health of the planet, creation that has been entrusted to each one of us. There is no ducking our individual responsibilities. We cannot say: Let somebody else do it." So those who are concerned with the health, vitality, wholeness of all creation must continue the great work they are doing. We must join these prophets of hope, and add our God given talents to their efforts. Hope is, to this Irishman, an essential ingredient for all revolutions. WE are in need of a peace-full revolution to set right the false insidious deceitful messages of the past, and confront the present day false prophets who clutter the airwaves with their messages of toxic guilt, fear and shame. (The toxic trinity)
There is a great play by these false prophets on the disease of codependency from which we all suffer from to a greater or lesser degree. Playing on the weaknesses of the vulnerable to feather their nests is a scandal leading to so many rejecting the very thought of religion. They are right to reject this malarkey, as it is not true religion at all. True religious teachings convey the essential message of a "unconditioned, unlimited, and unrestricted love." The One Who is our lover is prodigal with His love for each and every member of creation, past, present and all that is to come. There is an explosion in the number of "none," when asked about their religious affiliation. I just saw there are more "none" than Catholics in the U.S.A.
(to be continued...)