An Irish couple responded to this morning’s post who blog under the title, “Fractured Faith.” I could not pass that title up, though I’m not for sure yet what they have in mind with their title. “Fractured faith” will be a theme I will explore as this blog continues to develop as I see faith having value only when it is “fractured,” as the crystalline, letter-of-the-law edifice is shredded by God’s employment of daily experiences that teach us to look at Holy Writ and spiritual tradition differently than the way in which we were taught. This “fracturing” of our faith will parallel a “fracturing” of our self, of our identity, as we discover just how much our persona was itself just an edifice. That is what Jesus told the religious establishment of his day, but they did not “take kindly” to his observations…to say the least. For Jesus, like Shakespeare noted of religious people that often, “With devotions visage and pious action they sugar o’er the devil himself.”
Our certainties must be fractured. At some point we need to, “live in the collapse what was believed in as most certain and therefore the fittest for renunciation.” (T.S. Eliot) Translated into spiritual terms, this means that we must realize that our ego has inevitably taken our spiritual tradition and twisted it into a self-serving interpretation, not because we are, “bad” but because we are merely human. We then realize that we, being human simply “have eyes to see, but see not, ears to hear but hear not.” We can then begin to realize that at best we will see dimly and hear faintly and begin to lighten up on ourselves and even on others! We can begin to accept some forgiveness for ourselves and even dare to offer it to others. Well, maybe not “them”! They surely deserve it! Just kidding!!!