"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children." ~ Nelson Mandela speaking at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 May 1995
Light flames of hope in the heart of a child, Show the child the way to go and he or she will never depart from it, if it is right.
I heard Professor Miroslav speak on "Life Worth Living: The Christian Faith and the Crisis of Humanities" at Regis College yesterday at the Chancellor's Lecture.
He notes when you read scripture good questions to ask are:
1. What does it mean to lead one's life well?
2. What does it mean for life to go well?
3. What motivations are there to lead one's life well and for life to go well?
4. What happens when you fail? How do you revive what has failed?
I would also ask - how do we reconcile things when a life lived well does not necessarily result in life going well?
These are deeply spiritual and life giving questions that are essential for deeply moving into the spiritual path.
I hope that in the posts here, I am taking the gospel as I see it, and shining it on the light of things that I think matter to people, as Jurgen Moltman suggests.
Professor Miroslave suggests that in our world today we have an idea of God as a benevolent butler, there to serve our needs and serve up what we want.
I think this suggests that if our life does not turn out as we ask, the implication is that we must have either done something wrong or our thinking is wrong. It also suggests that if we think and call forth abundance in our life, it will happen yet Gods ways are not our ways. Faith turns things upside down, it calls us to understand the notion that living well may lead to the cross as it did for Christ, for great leaders of our times and many like Nelson Mandela who lived to see a dream fulfilled but at a great personal cost. That some dreams are planted as a seed, but we may not live to see them fulfilled.
Gordon Rixon, noted in his closing remarks, that life is not about preferences but of values. There is a difference. Relationships of integrity that put us in touch with our Creator and one another are at the heart of values.
As a spiritual director, I agree asking: what is it that is truly important to us is what matters.