14. Jan, 2015

TROUBLED TIMES ?

"God says I am perpetually stirring and standing -always at work. I am the breeze that nurtures all things green. I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruit. I am the rain coming from the dew, that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life. All creation is gifted with the ectasy of God's light." (Hildegard von Bingen.1100- 1179 A.D.)  Here Hildegard sends a strong remedial picture to help us to rebalance our minds and our actions. This is particularly relevant at the moment with the tsunamis of hatred and dissent that are sweeping over us. 

" Lady, the night has got us by the throat and the whole world is tumbling down. Words turn to ice in my dry throat , praying for a land without prayer" (Thomas Merton. Trappist monk; 1915-1968). He addresses this part of a poem to the Virgin Mary, and is so doing reminds us that one fundamental action we can all take on behalf of the Common Good, is quite simply, to pray. This two part solution as proposed by Hildegard and Merton, can of course be easily be eroded by the daily cares of family life and work schedules. However, IF we do care about helping to re-balance not only our own lives, but equally, the social good, then each of us can in our own ways build up a healing scenario. Reflection,Will and subsequent creativity are the main ingredients. Yes, the obstacles are very high, emotional indifference or Acedia as Aquinas outlined it; too hasty re-actions often triggered off by ego, can all tower over our efforts to realigne society back on track. Dealing with intransigent hatred obviously needs time, but above all, it needs a special effort to find the inner soul of the other. So, as Thomas Aquinas reminds us : -"No good branch has any of the greeness of good works, it it does not remain in the root of love."

Thank you.  Tom Baxter