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It is hard to believe that God still loves this world and smiles upon it as does a mother upon her child. Our spontaneous impulse is rather to protest, condemn and point out the world's faults, its sin, its injustice and its indifference to God. But the world is still God's creation, still lives under God's primal blessing and, post-modern or not, is still loved by God. Like the original chaos, so full of both life and potential, our world today is still spinning and creating itself under the influence of God's breath. Its marvellous achievements reflect upon God's greatness and human cooperation with God's power. The world still honours both God and humanity.
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The key to remaining within a marriage, a friendship, a neighbourhood, a church, or a religious community, is not so much communication as it is transparency. Nothing destroys community as much as does lack of transparency. What does this mean? Essentially transparency is a question of being trusted. The most transparent person you know is not necessarily the one who is the most friendly, extroverted, articulate or has the best communication skills. It is the person you trust the most. Transparency is a question of trust and one is worthy of trust when one's private life is in harmony with one's public persona.
Someone once said that the law of gravity and the law of love ultimately have the same source and are both driven by the same spirit, the Holy Spirit. Would that we realized the truth of that! If we recognized how the Holy Spirit is present in everything – physical creation, love, human creativity and morality – perhaps we could hold more things together in a fruitful tension rather than so often opposing them and having different gifts of the Holy Spirit fight each other within our lives.
What is the crucial agenda facing the Church today? What issues should the Church be addressing? The answer depends a lot upon one's perspective. Presently I am attending a general chapter of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This month-long meeting is being held in Rome and has brought together delegates from every region in the world. More than 65 countries are represented.