BISHOP GEOFFREY ROBINSON…
In cooperation with Bishop Geoffrey Robinson and his publisher, John Garratt Publishing, we have pleasure in presenting the end chapter meditations from his book which has created so much interest around the world. Today the reflection comes from Chapter Eight.
"Free and Responsible"
We grow in moral and spiritual stature when we do two things together:
It is possible to move beyond a subjective understanding of goodness to a more objective understanding of what God's goodness asks of us, but it involves a serious and never-ending search, both for individuals and for the whole human race.
We should spend our whole life in this search, while also constantly making decisions and acting on the basis of our present and inadequate understanding of that goodness.
The relationship between our conscience and God's goodness should be a constant, humble and loving dialogue.
We should constantly remind ourselves of six levels of moral living:
Superiority and Vengeance
The pointless and endless cycle of revenge
Justice without Mercy
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
The Usefulness of Others to Ourselves
Respect for Human Dignity
Respect for Life and Physical Integrity
Love as You Love Yourself
Love as God Loves Us
There is no one on this earth who cannot fall back to the lowest level
at any moment, but there is also no one who is not capable of rising to
the highest level.
Credit: These meditations are taken from the end of chapter reflections in Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church — Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, published by John Garratt Publishing. We thank Bishop Robinson and John Garratt Publishing for permission to reproduce these meditations on Catholica Australia.
We welcome your thoughts in response to Bishop Robinson's reflection in our forum.
©2007 Geoffrey Robinson