The autumn leaves on the trees are beautiful in their dying. The loss and sorrow of death bring closure. But with closure comes change…and it is all good.
This article is an extract from my book Pastels & Prose, a collection of pastel paintings and the stories that inspired me to create them. Deeply committed to the Christian tradition of spirituality, I define myself as an eternal, evolving spirit, having a purposeful, earthly experience. Camille N. Isaacs Morell in Pastels & Prose “LightenContinue reading “Spirituality, Sunrises and Sunsets”
Faith and fear call us to believe in something we cannot see. The resurrection of Jesus removes the fear of death and fulfils our faith in God’s good plan for all humanity and the gift of eternal life.
Holy Saturday gives us the opportunity to ponder what life will be like after our Lenten reflections. It’s the day after the commemoration of Jesus’ horrific death. As with any personal loss or tragedy, there is a time for grief and lamentation. The only way out is to hope for better things to come.
We who have been justified through Jesus’ crucifixion, must now pray for love and justice to prevail in the world, through the empowering courage of the Holy Spirit to act through service to the oppressed, the marginalized and the downtrodden. If not us, who will?
Our reflections on Jesus’ temptations and his responses should lead us to acknowledge that the fulfilment of our human needs is a legitimate pursuit, but not at the expense of others. The best way to do this is to be advocates and active participants in the quest for social justice.
Many of us find it very uncomfortable to listen to the facts and take action to redress racism. Sometimes guilt, pain and personal agendas are involved in the positions taken. Focus on solutions to make the world a better place by providing comfortable spaces for all of us.
Even if we are bearing the wounds in the aftermath of our good intentions and actions in 2021, we must be unwavering in our commitment to God’s plan for our lives. Say to yourself: “I will let nothing, or no one upset the calm peace of my soul,” and mean it.
Bishop Tutu was unapologetic in the defense of the rights of all people, yet as chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he is widely known for his insistence on forgiveness and public apology as the way forward in the aftermath of apartheid.
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