Sunday, September 11, 2016

On Holy Artifacts

There are no holy books.

There are no holy places.

There are no holy objects, no holy artifacts, no holy clothing.

A single artifact can be used to bring someone to God or to rape a child. The same book or phrase can be used to stir love or hate. The best an object can be is potentially holy, not objectively so.

The Spirit infuses in us a desire and drive and energy toward compassion, love and mercy. We choose to obey that drive and so produce a holy, compassionate act. A holy act of love can lead to a holy, merciful habit. A holy habit can become a holy, loving life.

Father, deliver us from those who use what seems to be holy to produce unloving action.

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