A Healthy God

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Week 3 Lent     Today’s Scriptures: Kings 5:1-15   Luke 4:24-30

Healthy People in a Healthy Relationship with a Healthy God

Offerings for consideration from a talk by Retired Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.

“There is only one God, but an endless variety of human misunderstandings of God. Unable to grasp the infinite God, we each create a lesser God in our minds and worship this.

In particular, we all have within us profound fears and longings, with the fears creating ideas of an angry god, and the longings ideas of a loving god. Our ideas of God will always be inadequate, but can at least be healthy, that is, enable us to grow.

To achieve this health, we must move:

from a god we can possess and dispense to others

         to a God of infinite surprise;

from an elderly male god

         to a God who is above all our limitations;

from a religion in which beliefs, duties and worship hold first place

        to a religion in which a love relationship with God holds first place;

from an angry god, not to a god of soft love, but

         to a God who, out of love is never afraid to challenge us to grow;

from divisions between sacred and profane

         to the goodness of all creation;

from a god  whose glory is to be found in our obedience

         to a religion in which we must constantly abuse ourselves before God to a religion in which self-denial and self-love work together to help us become “fully alive”;

from a world without meaning

         to a world in which our sense of meaning comes from the sum total of all the loves of our lives;

from a commercial relationship with a god whose rewards can be earned by doing right things

         to a love relationship with a God who is pure gift;

from a relationship in which we determine exactly what part God shall be allowed in our lives

         to a love relationship of total giving;

from a god who demands that we bridge the gap between us

         to a God who always takes the first step and comes to us;

from prayer which consists solely in words

         to a prayer in which our whole lives seek to express our desire for God;

from a god about whom we use many words

   to a God whose greatness and mystery reduce us to silent wonder.”


Talk given at Faith Formators Colloquium, Mittagong, N.S.W. Nov. 2006.
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Prevent Truth Decay

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Lent Wk 1    Todays’s Scriptures  Esth 4:17  Matt 7:7-12

Gee…some signs of our times are good.

The wit  and poignancy of this one made it memorable for me.

We seem to hear so many versions of truth these days that we are no longer sure of our own version.  Although we grow in knowledge of our values and truths, in part we still respond to scripts given to us by parents, friends  or doctrine.

Spiritual Direction assists us to  become more sensitive to our feelings and reflect on our emotional responses. We find the things of importance, truth and meaning for ourselves.

As we journey inward and speak our truths, we begin to belong to ourselves in a fresh way.

At the heart of traditional stories, in scripture and in many indigenous cultures, is the sacredness of the land as the place of unique belonging and well-being.

Often in the spiritual journey people relate their experiences to that of homecoming to a place of belonging.  They take possession of their inner landscape from which they draw forth their meaning and identity.

“Prevent Truth Decay”    – trust and protect the sacred within.  –


A reflection from Scripture:  Jn 8:31-32 –

“If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples,

you will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free.