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Minute Meditations

A Celebration of Diversity

Sep 13, 2021
photo by Ian Panelo of a globe. Minute Meditations.

We have entered into a “global age” and it is unlikely that we will turn back at any point in the future. Today we hear the terms “global spirituality,” “global economy,” “globalization” and, although we may not be entirely sure of what these various terms mean, we know that our little corner of American soil is no longer a white, western European, Protestant territory but rather encompasses Asians, Africans, Hispanics and peoples from around the world. Is everyone Catholic? No. Is everyone Christian? No. So what does a humble God of love do in such a diverse world? Rejoice! Because God’s creation is a wonderful celebration of diversity. Our God is not a boring God! By exploring the relationship of a humble God to a world of difference we come to a more broadly conceived notion of the meaning of Christ.

— from the book The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective by Ilia Delio, OSF


The Humility of God by Ilia Delio

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Arlene B. Muller
Mon, 09/13/2021 - 08:58 AM
Arlene B. Muller
How do we as Catholic, Biblical Christians reconcile "global spirituality" with the words of Our LORD JESUS in the Gospel of John: "I am the Way, the Truth & the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me"? I agree with religious freedom & accepting & respecting religious pluralism as a nation. In sharing the Gospel, first by the example of our lives & then by our words, we do not force conversions but respect each person's free will.But as Church we are still called to evangelization (St. Pope Paul VI said/wrote that "the Church exists to EVANGELIZE") & Our LORD, just before ascending into heaven, gave us the command we call "the great commission" to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit".
Carol Stephens
Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:07 AM
Carol Stephens
Thank you, Arlene, for your words of wisdom.
Marcia Smith
Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:45 PM
Marcia Smith
Romans 12:2 says "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Having been taught by my parents to respect the views and the rights of others, and having had to bear this in mind through the years, I respect the rights of others to their religious liberty. On the other hand, I consider the Romans text quoted above, and know that I must hold firm to what Scripture teaches, and not give way to compromises. I must live my life patterned as closely as possible to the life Christ askes me to live in Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Light! When my words fall on deaf or unbelieving ear, my life must speak! In 1 Cor. 1:17, Paul said Jesus had not sent him to baptise; instead he was sent to preach. Those with the ecclesiastical authority baptise; preaching is not necessarily just words spoken; St. Francis of Assisi says: "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary."
Marcia Smith
Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:54 PM
Marcia Smith
If, indeed, St Francis of Assisi did say "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary", then it was well said! His life as an open book, every page in bold print even in the face of harsh criticism and ostracism.

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