Moving from content
to process and relational reality
makes all the difference in the world.
Dogma based on content
ends up dead rather than inspiring grace and awe.
become narrow specific forms of defined relationships
like man and woman make a sacramental marriage
and the almost silly theology
of man and woman as natural law family.
A relational definition of marriage
is based on the dynamics of
commitment, loyalty, affirmation,
deep sense of respect for the other’s humanity and equality,
a deep abiding unconditional love,
and sense of humility and mysticism,
connections to larger realities and communities,
all relational dynamics that can take many content forms.
Sacraments that see sacred connections and realities
in many different realities
become new and easy ways to see all kinds of grace.
As long as traditional catholic theology is stuck in content
rather than relational theologies,
it will be static
and not be able to see love in many places.
Sacraments grow out of daily relations,
sharing a cup and bread,
celebrating in community,
the most basic human encounters,
forgiveness and mercy between people,
healing touches during suffering and illness,
inspiring servant leadership in community,
sacred work in words and actions
realizing one’s embedded in creation and continuing creation,
welcoming and transformation and initiation rituals,
forming the actual substance of sacraments.
Roman Catholicism has turned them into magic,
as all priesthood based religions eventually do,
transforming human and communal relational grace
into individual and concentrated power to control
rather than empowering mysticism and awe.
The Roman Catholics are stuck,
missing the great grace of their own insights,
human relational grace,
the sacred mystical nature of ordinary human life.
They miss the grace of wonder about life and love
pretending they can make it magically appear
through the defined content of doctrine, dogma, rites, and rituals,
rather than listening silently and deeply to the lives around them
and being a mirror to grace of everyday life in creation,
being recreated over and over and over.