relationships

I am the way the truth the life
“There are two extremes that the Christian must avoid,” says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.*  “One extreme speaks only of personal self-fulfillment and denies the example and words of Jesus about taking up a cross. The other extreme speaks only the negative language of denial and renunciation and does not allow for the proper self-love without which true growth is not possible. There is a middle ground and it may be found only when we reject both extremes and try to combine into one the two...
An interfaith banner from the Nichols College Chaplaincy from Sean on Flickr
All world religions are prone to disrespect and violence. Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as justified by sacred cause.   It would seem that it’s always been so. No religion, has been innocent.Every one of the great religions of the world, including Christianity, has been, at various times, both persecuted and persecutor. So what are the fundamental principles we should try to live out in our relationship with other faiths?What’s best in each of our...
Reconciliation from Flickr by Grant MacDonald
If someone has done you an injury, what should you do?   We learn from the gospel how to go about mending a damaged relationship. If you feel you have been wronged by someone, Jesus says the first step is to speak directly, but privately, to the individual who has done the harm. Mt. 18:15~20One of the worst things we can do is brood over our grievance. This can poison the mind and heart and make it more difficult to go directly to the person who caused the damage. If we want to settle...
Words of the Lord's Prayer
When we reflect on the Lord's Prayer, we begin by recognizing that we are adopted children, and as such we have a passionate attachment to our home. We want to be where Christ is fully present: this is our home in the deepest sense. We are growing and moving into the prayer of Christ Jesus himself.  We note the seriousness of inviting God to forgive us as we have forgiven. But what does it mean to pray, 'Lead us not into temptation'? Surely God does not make us be tempted?In...
The Trinity by the celebrated Russian icon painter, Andrei Rublev
‘Will the boy holding the girl in the wrong way, please hold her in the right way’.  These words spoken to me in a dance school when I was sixteen remain as one of my great humiliations (self-inflicted of course). These were the days just before dancing became a non-contact sport.  From time to time, people ask me what would I have been if I hadn’t been a priest.  Despite all evidence to the contrary, I always say ‘a dancer’. Holding a person in the...