Fr. Richard Rohr, one of my spiritual heroes, e-mails a daily meditation to his subcribers. Today’s included a line that could, if we meditate upon it long enough, serve as a kind of purifying fire to burn away so much of the muck that gets passed along as genuine religion:
“True religion is not denial of doubt but a transformation of it; and often, to be honest, a temporary deepening of our doubt and darkness to get us there.”
Do I see religion as a kind of drug that will keep me from having to face the darkness of doubt? Or as a companion that will abide with me and help me find the strength to journey more deeply into that darkness? Is it possible for the Faith of a compassionate person NOT to be deeply shaken at times by the soul-searing contrast between the enormity of God’s Love and the enormity of evil in the world?
This much I can say, having had the priviledge of journeying with young people in an exploration of their spirituality and religious faith over the past quarter-century – there are a legion of them who who are repulsed by religion because they believe it to be an anchor that weighs them down from a free and deep spiritual life. Isn’t this a terribly sad thing? Can those of us who are “churched” REALLY believe that this split is entirely the fault of “the secular media and society?” Could we really be that deeply in denial?
How would you define religion? What is the relationship between religion and spirituality?
Jim Philipps (3rd millennium pilgrim)