Archive for June, 2010

27
Jun
10

Connected

Modern society promotes an individual’s right to privacy and
self-sufficiency. So many of us don’t know our neighbours, not just in a
bordering country but even on the other side of the wall of the
apartment in which we live. We feel that if we isolate ourselves we can
insulate ourselves from everyone else’s problems – we have enough of
our own with which to contend. Nevertheless, there are many common
problems that we shouldn’t be attempting to solve as individuals. Staying
in our own corner and dealing with our own stuff does not prevent the
rest of the world’s issues from invading our space. We have limited time
in which to ignore whatever is going on around us. Because we share a
common environment, whatever affects the rest of the world,
eventually affects each of us.

21
Jun
10

Understanding

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child.” It’s wonderful that, at some
point, we all grow up and can reinterpret some of our life events that we
thought we understood so well. As children, when our parents applied
what we thought was undeserved discipline, we swore that when we had
children of our own we would be nicer parents. However, as we mature
and our lives change, we acquire a better understanding of the dynamics
of human relations. To our dismay, one day we suddenly discover that we
are behaving just like our parents did, and our interpretation of that
same childhood event is no longer the same.

13
Jun
10

Self preservation

In all areas of life we are encouraged by our faith to be fair, kind and just.  Yet, there are times when, despite our best intentions, we have to fight back if others try to take unfair advantage of our good nature. This could result in our behaving in a manner that’s totally out of character.  In such situations, we have an obligation to examine thoroughly the reasons behind the departure from our normal behaviour.  If we have exhausted all efforts to be fair, kind and just, then we are perfectly justified in putting our own well being ahead of the other person’s. It’s one thing to be fair, but quite another to be downright foolish, by leaving our own back unprotected while we concern ourselves with someone else’s interest.

06
Jun
10

Prayer

People of faith know that if they pray for what they want, they have
some chance of getting it. If they don’t pray, their dreams are less likely
to become reality. It has often been said that sometimes God says “no,”
or “yes,” or “wait.” If we truly believe that the subject of our prayers is
something we need, could our prayers be viewed as badgering or
harassment if we pray unceasingly? Do we have the right to badger God,
or whomever we address in these prayers? Do our children have the
same right to continue bothering us when we have told them we will
address their request at some future date? Regrettably for most of us, we
can relate to our God only in terms similar to our human relationships.
Oftentimes, even when we feel we have bothered God enough, prayer
seems to be the only means left for getting what we want.