Recently I was reading an article by a Jim Quillinan and he was reflecting on several things that resonate with me, so I wish to take these ideas and share them with you.
He reflected on when we hear the phrase ‘‘I am bored’’ said or when we even say it ourselves.
Our younger generation who can lack the creative skills, because of being fed by television and computer games, are guilty of this also.
Is it because we find life so repetitive that we lose interest?
So much of our life is repetition, we have our routines and this can suit us as it also gives a sense of security.
According to Albert Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
We often refer to this as being stuck in a rut.
The danger of this is we find it happening in relationships, in our attitudes and also in our faith.
All these areas are important, but I want to stay with the last — faith.
We will meet people who will say they no longer believe, they no longer have faith.
In reality many of them have rejected religion and religious beliefs, the faith that calls them to be curious, to seek meaning and purpose in their lives, the faith that calls them to address their spiritual thirst.
Too often they reject a set of religious beliefs that suited them as a child, but they have not sought a greater knowledge or understanding of them as they matured.
Stuck in the rut.
We wouldn’t accept that in other fields, so why would we accept this with our faith?
We would have no growth, no advancement of knowledge, we would be going nowhere, which is what happens to their faith.
A person can go on ignoring their faith, even denounce it or say ‘‘I am an atheist’’.
But for me faith is a gift from God and we all have our ways of believing it, nurturing it and living it out.
Any particular religion is a way to nurture this gift.
So to ignore it doesn’t mean we haven’t got it.
A non-believer will believe in goodness, doing the right thing and being kind to others.
And to believe in these acts is to nurture our faith whether we accept or deny its presence.
Faith can never allow us to become complacent or bored because we are always being challenged to better ourselves and that’s God working quietly in the depths of our being.
— Father Michael Morley, Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish Tatura