Thursday, January 22, 2009

A coincidence of opposites...

The cross, as we see again and again, is the "coincidence of opposites": One movement going vertical, another going horizontal, clearly at cross-purposes.

When the opposing energies of any type collide within you, you suffer. If you agree to hold them creatively until they transform you, it becomes redemptive suffering.

This stands in clear and total opposition to the myth of redemptive violence, which has controlled most of human history, even though it has never redeemed anything. Expelling the contradictions instead of "forgiving" them only perpetuates the problem.

Richard Rohr, from Hope Against Darkness, p. 14

It looks as though normal service may be able to be resumed next week - meanwhile, here's a wonderful passage from Richard Rohr. Road-tested, this one!

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