I don’t know why I have let this Father Mike character get under my skin, but there he is and I have to deal with it.
To claim to be spiritual but not religious is like saying, “I’m a scholar, but I don’t read.”
Here is an apple.
Here is an orange.
To say, I am a Catholic but I don’t practice the religion and I really don’t so much believe all those teachings, well, that would be like saying “I am a scholar, but I don’t read.” Spirituality can be both a belief and a practice. I am spiritual and I honor and explore the great mystery of life, that’s saying something very different.
Of course there has to be content and context. Of course there has to be the effort of learning.
I believe that God is love as well. But where did they get that truth about God? They didn’t get it from looking at nature. If anything, nature is impartial. It can be beautiful, but it can also be ugly. It can bring life, but it just as easily brings death. There is nothing in nature alone that indicates that God is love. Nature doesn’t seem to even care about human beings.
Ooooh, Nature! Mother Earth. Circle of life…bringer of birth and also of death. So we tread on them patriarchal order of things. The Divine Feminine, that is the real threat here isn’t it? I should have known.
Father Mike, you are dismissed from my mind.