23. Apr, 2015

SIN IS A CREDIT CARD

"Now we scientists know sin" (Oppenheimer after Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs). An estimated 800,000 died as a result, not to mention the earlier fire bombing of Tokyo itself, where a slightly higher number died, almost entirely civilians. Today we are suffused with bad news, so what can we do in response? Firstly, we can obviously join petitions and campaigns, but more fundamentally we can PRAY for those suffering. This activity has an interesting effect. It raises our vision above the ground, where we are looking downwards in either indifference, or despair, and slowly fires us up to say ,"YES I CAN". St.Thomas Aquinas highlights the impass of non action as, Acedia, a contraction of the mind. But within there is a struggle between what we know we should be doing and what we feel that as a result, we cannot do. That is why prayer is so important because it takes us out of ourselves, even if only for a few minutes. Then we can slowly build up the rhythm of our time to reflect and hence,act. But of course the act itself can go wrong. Aquinas says that sin is a disordered action. We have aimed at some temporal good, but through misguided reason, our sense of direction takes us where we should not be. This is why it is so important to steer via a clear set of guidelines. We have free will, gifted to us by the Creator, and going off course is very easy, poverty of money can lead to theft; greed for power can lead to terrorism. Meister Eckhart (1260-1329 A.D.) said,"There is no such thing as "my" bread. All bread is ours and is given to me, and and I to others. For not only bread, but all things necessary for life are given to us on loan for others and to others through us." As Mary in St.Luke's Gospel says,"My soul exults in God my saviour. He has pulled down the princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich he has sent away empty."

Let us try to end up with a credit card that is IN credit !

Thank you. Tom Baxter.