how much greater is the God we have than the one we think we have.
Kenosis is the human emptying to become vulnerable before God.
The key practice in this regard, for Coakley, is contemplative prayer. In contemplation the human ego is unraveled and deconstructed before the divine allowing us to let go of all the ways power and victimhood have screwed us up, both oppressed and oppressors alike.
Let me repeat that: kenosis is letting go of all the ways power and victimhood have screwed us up.
In contemplation all our twisted human visions of power and vulnerability are unraveled and deconstructed before the divine to reveal all the ways we’ve used power coercively or seek it out vengefully. All the ways we’ve neurotically twisted vulnerability into co-dependency, passivity, enablement, and the Stockholm syndrome.
In contemplation all our twisted gendered visions of power and vulnerability are unraveled and deconstructed so that power is no longer “male” and “good” and vulnerability is no longer “female” and “bad,” where empowerment and loving self-giving are allowed to find their proper union and balance.
In contemplation all our twisted human visions of justice and mercy are unraveled and deconstructed before the divine so that justice is seasoned with forgiveness and reconciliation and mercy is seasoned with truth, justice and prophetic resistance.
In short, all human conceptions of power and vulnerability have to be “emptied out” before God so that “the will to power” is chastened with love and the call to vulnerability does not valorize victimhood and self-abasement.
In kenostic contemplation before the divine human visions of power and vulnerability—all the twisted and sick ways power and victimhood have screwed us up—are undone and remade in the image of God."
"One day a crazy looking homeless guy came to the door, and we were about to close the door on him, but my mother saw him and shouted: ‘Hey Eugene!’ She knew his name! Then she ran around the kitchen putting all sorts of food into tupperware, and brought it out to him. After he left, we asked my mom why she gave him so much food. She told us: ‘You never know how Jesus is going to look when he shows up.’ She was always saying that— it was a spiritual thing. Then you know what happened? Two months later, that same man showed up on the door step, clean shaven, and wearing a suit. And he had an envelope with money for my mother. ‘Ms. Rosa always believed in me,’ he said. I’ll never forget it! Eugene was his name."
- Robyn Horner, Rethinking God as Gift: Marion, Derrida and the Limits of Phenomenology, p. 65 (via shneevon)
Maurice Blanchot, The Gaze of Orpheus, p.26(via shneevon)
A catholic personality is a personality enriched by otherness, a personality which is what it is only because multiple others have been reflected in it in a particular way. The distance from my own culture that results from being born by the Spirit creates a fissure in me through which others can come in. The Spirit unlatches the doors of my heart saying: “You are not only you; others belong to you too.”
Exclusion & Embrace
"They say it’s gonna snow tomorrow. Well I just got a bottle of whiskey. So let it fucking snow."
The fundamental attitudes of true community, where there is true belonging, are openness, welcome, and listening to God, to the universe, to each other and to other communities. Community life is inspired by the universal and is open to the universal. It is based on forgiveness and openness to…