Too Sick To Pray

Feeling in playful polemical mood  this evening I was struck by a few things I have been reading today that replace the gnawing anxiety of a week replete with the good the bad and the downright ugly.

Fundamentally these little snippets reinforce the notion that  we humans need to surrender any idea that we have the remotest understanding of anything at all to do with God and all us know " diddly squat" about life's BIG questions. 

However in relinquishing our grasp on our egos  and accepting our dysfunctional nature we may well discover our humanity and still find there are reasons to be cheerful

My post today is a little tongue in cheek guide in the continuing "sacredly selfish" quest for cultivating a Life of Love, Authenticity and Substance............
Firstly, from Richard Rohr's daily reflections :

One of my favorite quotes from Carl Jung is, “All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insolvable. . . . They can never be solved, but only outgrown.”  Maybe some of us older ones can understand this because we realize that things we never totally resolved don’t really matter anymore.
And some issues we think we resolved perfectly turn out to be our major illusions and biggest life mistakes.  No wonder Jesus told us to let “both the weeds and the wheat grow together until harvest time” (Matthew 13:30). Spiritual elders are those who learn when, how, if, what, and where to harvest—and then what to do with this fully grown yield.

Secondly, this extract from the first reading for the Mass for Friday below , (especially the part that is in large font) blurs the boundaries of who we should trust to make decisions for us, and asks me to question why the heck we need theologians, spiritual gurus and guides

Then it turns any previous understanding upside down and swiftly and deftly removes the kudos the spiritual elders have just been given and to whom I was gradually beginning to feel a great warmth for.

All our woes seem to stem from who has the right and authority to interpret the words of God, when in fact none of us have a singular manifesto of truth that trumps anyone elses.

For if we ALL are able to "know the Lord"and have it written on our hearts and ALL the laws we ever need are put into our minds it begs the question why are we so still so ridiculously divided and inept as individuals, as religions and as nations in the world ? 

More worryingly how will we ever distinguish between the huge variety of sheep, goats , wolves in sheeps coats and then those ubiquitous pesky forked tongued serpents that are always creeping around in the background waiting to pounce.

This is that first reading I was talking about

"I will put my laws in their minds
and I will write them upon their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying,
“Know the Lord,”
for all shall know me, from least to greatest.

For I will forgive their evildoing
and remember their sins no more."

I'll round up with a some of my own favourite Jungian quotes -

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

"Even the Pope has a confessor.”

Finally , if all of this gives you one almighty migraine and you feel a little fractured you can always listen to 

"Too Sick To Pray ": as Willie says, this is his loophole song !!

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