Thoughts from a young theologian

Health and holiness :)

The past couple of days have been pretty interesting… For the first time, I left the monastery to go back to Coquitlam… There was a conference given by the Catholic Health Association of BC in a hotel near my home and all seminarians were asked to attend it. Among the speakers was Archbishop Collins of Toronto who spoke to all present on the issue of care for the sick. Having so many friends who are studying to be either doctors or nurses, I thought it would be good for me to summarize some of the things he said and to give you guys some of Archbishop Collins’ great quotes.

Archbishop Collins started out by describing the ceremony of the Easter vigil where amidst the darkness, one candle – the great Pascal candle – symbolizing the light of Christ is lit. Slowly, this light then spreads throughout the darkened church as each one lights his/her own candle from this one flame. Abp. Collins said that we, but people who care for the sick especially, need to be this light of Christ for other people. As a light, we need to comfort, meaning we need to treat each person with the dignity deserving of a child of God and treat each person as a who and not a what. He said we need to “love persons and use things, not use persons and love things.” As a light as well, we need to illuminate, cut through the darkness. Light is supposed to guide us in making difficult moral choices. He said that leadership is a matter of encouraging others by saying “yes you can” but the painful task in true leadership is when you have to say “no you cannot”. People should be treated as people and not as units of society.

The bishop then spoke of the Trinity, the great mystery of the Christian Faith. We believe in one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Spirit. In the Trinity alone, we see that at the very heart of God is relationships and as we’re all created in the image and likeness of God, we are made to relate to one another in relationships of generous personal love!

Then Archbishop Collins gave a really fantastic analogy of the spiritual life. He compared an analogue watch where just looking at it, one can see where we are and where we’re going. In contrast, when looking at a digital watch, time is always flashing by, never staying the same… restless… passing…

He called us to be analogue Christians and to always see the connections we have to others. Using the watch analogy as well, we do see that there comes a time when time is up.

Ultimately, all healthcare fails if the goal is seen as keeping us healthy.

“Life is short, eternity is long.” We are only passing through this world and so it’s extremely important to live each day in the web of love.

He said that the most important questions in life are asked when you cross the border. Only 3 questions really matter

1. Who are you?

2. Where do you come from?

3. Where are you going?

There’s something for you to think about!! c”,) God bless!!!


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