In the year 2019, we might consider all that we do not know.
We think, of course, given our fancy technology and the never ending stream of information that pours down upon us, that we know a lot. Certainly we do. But it is flicker in the wind to all that is unknown. Humility - the great virtue to be desired - is standing open to the unknown, able and willing to learn from all that is unclaimed in our intellect. Such is faith, of course, and by faith, I mean here faith in the widest sense, not faith pushed into tidy doctrinal boxes, but faith in the great expanse of the goodness and strength of life and improbability of life.
Over the holidays Bruce and I, at the encouragement of one of our children, watched Blue Planet II. It was a soul enlivening experience. Might I suggest that you watch it as a spiritual discipline? That there are creatures all over the world at this very moment completely unaware of our ambitions and fears, that think not of us at all, but of their own glorious lives, is a perspective well worth absorbing.
Observing these astonishing visions of complexity, beauty and intellect, may bring us to a place where we consider again all that we do not know. As we fuss and fight on the surface, deep below, a whole other world - to which we are intimately connected - works through its own challenges, and finds its own solutions.
Happy New Year Viewing.
And from the ever thoughtful Ron Rolheiser, way back in 1994, comes this beautiful writing on befriending ourselves and one another. If it is a year to begin to understand what we do not know , it is also, perhaps, a year to befriend ourselves - to befriend our humanity, our goodness, those who love us, our chastity, our bodies, our mortality, our mortality, our sense of humour, the genders that perplex us, the gender we embrace, and the God of Julian of Norwich who assures us that 'All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well. . .' So says Ron Rolheiser, writer and theologian extraordinaire. Have a read.
Rev. Dr. Candice Bist
Offering what I hope will be thoughtful additions to your spiritual journey, from my own musings, and the great array of teachers available to us through other blogs, videos, websites, music and art. May grace surround us all as we make our way forward through the astonishing mystery of life.