Sunday, November 29, 2009

Re-capturing Advent with Stanley Hauerwas

To re-capture Advent is to re-capture a sense of what it means to live as a people in a world which has taken the time of god's patience not to live the way jesus made it possible to live.
So, advent is the recovery of how to live in a world of impatience as a patient people. - S. Hauerwas

Monday, November 09, 2009

Moving Beyond the Question of "Who is Right"

[Septuagesima Sunday, 1967] And, after all, am I not arrogant too? Am I not unreasonable, unfair, suspicious and often quite arbitrary in my dealings with others? The point is not just “who is right” but “judge not” and “forgive one another” and“bear one another’s burdens”. This by no means implies passive obsequiousness and blind obedience, but a willingness to listen, to be patient. This is our task.

Thomas Merton. The Road to Joy, Robert E. Daggy, Editor (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989): 96-97