One section of my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions was to do with another kind of health from the physical. Some might call it emotional health, or mental health, or spiritual health – it’s all of these things, and I just referred to it casually as my Morale. In this article I’d like to offer some advice to anyone who wants to improve their quality of life in 2013.
Did Jesus fight? Of course he did. Did he criticize? Without question. In fact, he directed his anger and his scorn at the very behaviour that so characterizes religious life today. But the purpose of his ministry was not to condemn the thinking or the behaviour or the character of those with whom he disagreed; Jesus did not devote his energy to preserving a tradition of orthodoxy or promoting a cause in which his ego was deeply invested. His mission was much simpler but at the same time far more challenging; it was embodied in the new commandment he issued to his apostles: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
The custom of hanging out orange lanterns on Halloween has its roots in Protestant-Catholic conflicts in Ireland. Other holidays this time of year with a similar theme are William of Orange’s birthday (November 4) and Guy Fawkes Day (November 5). Customary observances of a public nature, even if of dubious origin, are valuable community builders.
Ross Lonergan reflects on the tension between faith and reason in the modern age.