GET IN THE WHEELBARROW

There was once a circus performer who made a living by pushing a wheelbarrow across a high wire that spanned an abyss. The crowds came out in droves to watch him and to cheer him on. “Do you believe I can do it?” he would ask them. “Oh, yes! We believe you can do it,” they chorused back in acclamation.

“So, who’s going to get in the wheelbarrow?” he asked. And silence fell.

Source: Margaret Silf
The Other Side of Chaos
(Loyola Press, 2011) page 37

CONSIDER THIS

All believed in the amazing circus performer, but none of them trusted him enough to get in the wheelbarrow.

If you happen to be a Christian: In the Christian tradition, the creeds that we recite so faithfully every Sunday, set out fairly precisely what we are supposed to believe. We can recite those creeds as often as we want, but that will not necessarily amount to trust.

 

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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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