Saturday, January 11, 2014

God's Cadets ...

Can't help but think that this week has been an interesting one of reflection, partly because of BBC 4’s programme 'God's Cadets', partly personally because of Richard Rohr's use of 'sic et non' or 'yes... and' and in particular the challenge that comes with his insight that “and” is willing to wait for insight and integration. It stops you short when thinking about promoting your own opinion over that of others.

Programme aside which IMHO seemed a little hastily put together, or at least edited in such a way that didn't capture the life of the college, the maelstrom of personal criticism on social media from internal voices was astounding. Seemingly one thing hasn't changed, everyone knows how to run the college better than it is currently! 

I stumbled upon this quote this week “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; . . . men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.” Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

I was proud of being part of William Booth College for the 10 or so years we were involved there, and continue to be proud of how WBC continues to shape the thinking, being and doing of those who embrace that particular path (aka, strangely in my opinion, giving things up!) beyond that of being farcical.

Probably the jury will be always out on what God's Cadets did and didn't portray




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