Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, April 22, 2017

colo-rectal theology

To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass - seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colorectal theology, offering hope to no one.”
― Anne Lamott


journey inward
journey outward

journey inward to that place at the center
where the sacred lurks
ready for us to be present to the presence

we must make the journey inward
since who we are in God is who we are

but some times
many times
I get lost on that journey
and wander around in my head
which is a bad neighborhood

and there
in that ghetto of doubt and fear
it is “all about me”

my future
my needs
my failure

The list is end
But the journey inward must be take
and mystery is this
when we take it,
and when we persist in the journey

we find what we need
Sacred Presence for sure
And sometimes even our true selves


The journey is not complete unless there is a corresponding
journey outward

where it is all about
children dying in Syria
people terrorized by ICE
families mourning those shot down for no good reason at all
World leaders playing “chicken” with nuclear warheads
the child who is hungry in America
the poor person hungry and homeless
the older person, losing their healthcare

faith is about discovering the Sacred
and find out who I really am

but faith is more
it is about discovering who I am in this world
this battered, hurting, hungry, bleeding world

and how God working through me
can help me be
a healing, helping, hopeful presence

how I can so speak
so act
so give
that I help restore hope, and restore health in others

I know the need is huge
but this day
this day
there is likely to be one person

even if it is just one

whose life I can touch with love and compassion

my faith is about me
but it must be about more
way more
than me

from colorectal theology
deliver me

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