A profound statement that makes a simple sermon.
This quote by Osho is an interesting thought to ponder on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Harsh, yes. But we all know it’s the unvarnished truth. We have all looked down that street, and we have all seen the terrible results.
Thomas Merton, one of my favorite theologians and writers, was a contemplative after my own heart.
Almost 40 years ago, while on an Holy Week retreat at the Holy Cross Abby near Berryville, Virginia, I wrote
DANCE OF THE CEDARS
Outside my guesthouse window
the four small cedars
stand in a row,
guarding the wall
that guards the propane tank.
This morning, just for me,
they shared their freedom
and their joy
as I watched them dance
to the song in the wind.
In that dance
was a celebration of life
just as it was promised,
full and free and without a care,
just the way it was meant to be.
Faithfulness to the Gospel demands nothing less. God will not hold us guiltless for silence in the face of evil.
Bonhoeffer was a German theologian martyred for his opposition to Hitler. His words remind us that authentic spirituality requires a real and costly discipleship.
When the United States House of Representatives passed the resolution to condemn our lying pig of a president’s racist statements only four Republicans refused to support Trump’s actions. It is clear that the majority, the vast majority, of Congressional Republicans have no honor, no shame, and no sense of responsibility for upholding the values of our country.
Those that continue defending the whore-mongering scumbag in the oval office are demonstrating their own racist leanings as well as their crass disregard for their office. Defending a traitor makes one complicit in treason. Congressional Republicans obviously do not care.