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An interesting theme of a new book by an English Jewish Rabbi, Sacks, is that the relationship between Jews, Christians and Islamics is sibling rivalry! All sons of Abraham wanting to be only sons! I don’t agree with it theologically, of course, but it is intriguing from a political /psychological point of view.
Quote from an Eastern Saint:
“I gave all of myself and got all of God. It was a bargain!”
If I want to escape from all sufferings, instead of suffering the ones I can’t evade in Christ and with Him, then I can start dreaming of perfect Catholic settings (Catholic Utopias). But these readily can become sort of dictatorships, as in cults. In a milder form, the micro-managing impulses of the leader can make life miserable for the followers.
When one feels constrained by the atmosphere of a place God has given to me to live in, ponder the cross it was for the Son of God’s human nature to be on earth.
What I need is to see how God wants to make me an instrument of love in each encounter.