Friday, February 22, 2013

The Apostles Creed - Part 2




This is the second part in our series on the Apostles Creed. This week we continue to reflect on the creed's first statement:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth.
 

...You and all human beings are wounded. You are wounded in many ways that you are probably not aware of as wounds. For example, not realizing how much your heavenly Father loves you, and going through life without a lively sense of His care and concern for you is a wound that you have. To give another example, you are morally weak – you often find it very difficult to do what you yourself really want to do. This weakness is one of your wounds (and all human beings share this wound). You often fail to consider what the right thing to do is, and even when you do consider it, your passions and emotions blow your thinking one way and another. So knowledge of what is right and wrong often eludes you. This is another sort of wound (and all human beings share this wound as well). Furthermore, there are the wounds that you in particular received from growing up in this society, and from the moral failures of yourself and others. Everyone has their particular wounds as well. Your wounds have the power to ruin your life, and your life will end in tragedy if the wounds are not addressed. No politician, no psychologist, and no professor can adequately address the wounds. Your heavenly Father has not abandoned you to live with your wounds without hope. He has not left you as an orphan in the world to struggle for yourself. No longer do you have to live without hope and without God in the world

God bless you all,

Fr. Isaac Mary Spinharney, CFR
St. Joseph Friary
Harlem, NY