Something re God came to me in the shower this morning; that sort of thing is to be shared if possible.
Since Nov. 2 I've been brooding about the parlous state of the Church: how could they? Could this morning's inspiration be a part of the answer?
Do you know what a retarded adolescent is? In my early thirties, having spent most of my twenties in Uncle Sam's wars, I began to attend a young adult spiritual/social activity on Sunday evenings. We often spent 4 hours or more together and wound up in the French Quarter, which makes it sound more social than otherwise.
I was struck by the presence of several men in their late thirties, and it occured to me that they must be still playing the games of immature men. (I had a better excuse, I thought.) I designated them as retarded adolescents.
Well this morning it occured to me that many church members must be retarded egoists. Why otherwise would they support a war? Perhaps the generality of the American public are stuck at the ego stage.
But Christianity offers something better than that: Paul said, I am crucified with Christ, yet I live, but not myself; it is Christ that lives in me (rough translation).
Some modern psychologists have picked up on that to the point of talking about the crucifixion of the ego. It seems to bear a close resemblance to what Jesus was talking about when he said you must be reborn. We can't really be reborn until we die.
If we can crucify the ego, we will find that something much more wonderful has taken its place: Jung called it the self.