9. Apr, 2015

WRATH - RIGHTEOUS OR ...?

Julian of Norwich (1342-1415 A.D.) said,"Wrath is nothing else but a rebellion from and an opposition to peace and love, and either it comes from the failure of power, or failure of wisdom, or from the failure of goodness."  This important reflection by Julian clarifies so simply the root causes of anger, conflict and ultimately the serious consequences which are those of major crimes against humanity. We have had many such examples from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Iraq and now, ISIS trampling its evil everywhere. So how can we reduce the level of anger that we carry within ourselves ? Firstly, careful reflection on our feelings, defects of reason, and misdirection of our will. Our feelings can be running out of control or perhaps badly repressed. A careful combing through of the outline of our identity will begin to bring a little more clarity on why and how we do things, in the ways we do. St.Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 A.D.) said that " Reason cannot totally master our ability to desire by a single action, we need a disposition to virtue so as to master our ability to naturally desire in all circumstances, the single goal of the GOOD." In these rapidly changing times, both Aquinas and Julian are highlighting a way forward through the labyrinth of clashing values and faulty decisions so manifest in society. Yes, we may have suffered bad upbringing or life experiences, but disconnecting ourselves for periods to reflect,  will allow us to slowly re-orientate and reconfigure our values. Then we can give birth to a more creative spirit.

"Before He made us, God loved us, and when we were created, we loved him. And thus is man's soul made by God and knitted to God." (Julian). This highlighting of a working relationship, whereby we have been given the essential gift of life and love, provides the potential base for our lives.

Thank you, Tom Baxter