Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Work in Progress

A few months ago, I attended a Lenten mini-retreat. I was interested because it combined two of my favorite subjects: the Catholic faith and art. It was put on by one of the priests at our parish, Fr. Rojas. I have been thinking about his message that weekend lately, and I wanted to share it.

He spoke about using some of the tools we use when we are studying art in our daily life when it comes to our faith. He spoke of these 5 tools:
1. Look
2. Admire
3. Adore
4. Contemplate
5. Recreate

Pieta- Michelangelo
The reason these things have been popping into my head?
1. I typed my notes from the retreat on my iPhone and I keep scanning over them.
2. I have been thinking about how I can apply this to my interactions with others.

One thing that I am grateful for this year, is that I have managed to find my voice again when it comes to speaking up and standing for my beliefs, and for engaging in conversations with others. My intention in these engagements is to challenge others thought processes as well as my own, and this blog is the result of my struggles with this. Religion and politics are always heated subjects, but there seem to be very few places where people engage constructively, without insults, and where people remember who they are talking to: not a different political or religious belief, but another person. What if we all took the time to:

Look at an issue at face value, then admire it from ALL angles, sides, perspectives and took the time to sift through information? I would change adore to respect for my comparison. There is a proper amount of respect and decorum that should exist in these kinds of conversations if anyone is to learn anything. What if we took the time to contemplate an issue and think our positions through to the possible conclusions? What if we took the time to contemplate resolutions in a more complete way through these discussions? Finally, what if we recreate the discussion by changing the tone, losing the insults, and taking off the blinders?

There have been many times I get lost in the "comments" at the bottom of an article or link. I see completely anonymous people be completely hateful to one another. I also see that there are many times the two (or ten) arguing parties agree on a few basic positions, but are too busy insulting each other to get to the heart of the matter. I am tired of these arguments. I want to be better than this. If we as constituents or feminists or Catholics or any other group want to be better than this and we begin to expect it from others, then the conversation will change.

I am still at work on defining some things about this page, because it is a reflection of who I am: a work in progress. I wanted to share these thoughts with those that read this page because it seems you too would like to see some things change.

Thank you to everyone that has commented and reads my posts. Please, please keep the comments coming! I have also set up a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Cathofeminism) where I am active on a daily basis. I encourage you to join the page if you have not already, and please share with others. You do not have to be Catholic or consider yourself a feminist to be a part of this community.

So what do you think? How will you change the discussion?

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