It’s okay not to know

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  • When: 01/27/20
  • QIC: Deuce
  • The PAX: Focker, Aquaman, Tazz, Crash, Happy Feet, Flo

6 pax joined the YHC on a pleasant Monday morning, thought of the day “It’s ok to not know”

Warmup – quick lap around flag and welcome center stairs, SSH -IC 10, Reacher-IC 10, OYO 5 squats, 4 merkins, 3 groiners, 2 star jumps, 1 burpee. Theses last 5 exercises would be seen again.

The thang

Indian Run to field soccer fields, 10 merkins along the way so no one got lost.

At the field 6 cones ~20 yards apart were nicely lit. The YHC had to take some extra time to explain the activity

5 Suicides from 0-20 yard cone, beginning each sprint with 5squats, 4merkins, 3 groiners, 2 star jumps, 1 burpee

4 Suicides from 0-40, beginning each sprint with 4merkins, 3groiners, 2starjumps, 1 burpee

3 Suicides from 0-60 beginning each sprint with 3 groiners, 2 star jumps, 1 burpee

2 Suicides from 0-80, beginning each sprint with 2 star jumps, 1 burpee

1 suicide from 0-100, being and end with 1 burpee

About 20-30 seconds recovery between each group, a gentle 200 yard mosey between the 2 and 3rd groups

Gentle Indian Run back to flag with you call it exercises by each Pax along the way, 10 reps each.

Finish around flag with pax completing alternating exercises while each man complete 1 lap around flag and welcome center stairs.

COT- announcements, F2 lunch planned this Thursday, 4 Rivers, pax encouraged to step up and lead a Q, ask for help or co-Q.
Message “It’s ok not to know”

All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing
Monday, January 27, 2020

It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith around 180 degrees—into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom and what God likes or doesn’t like. Why do we think we can have the Infinite Mystery of God in our quite finite pocket? We supposedly know what God is going to say or do next, because we think our particular denomination has it all figured out. In this schema, God is no longer free but must follow our rules and our theology. If God is not infinitely free, we are in trouble, because every time God forgives or shows mercy, God is breaking God’s own rules with shocking (but merciful) freedom and inconsistency!

In the fourth century, as the Christian church moved from bottom to the top, where it was protected and pampered by the Roman Empire, people like Anthony of the Desert, John Cassian, Evagrius Ponticus, and the early monks went off to the deserts to keep growing in the Spirit. They found the Church’s newfound privilege—and the loss of Jesus’ core values—unacceptable. It was in these deserts that a different mind called contemplation was first formally taught.

The Desert Fathers and Mothers gave birth to what we call the  apophatic  tradition, knowing by silence and symbols, and not even needing to know with words. It amounted to a deep insight into the nature of faith that was eventually called the “cloud of unknowing” or the balancing of knowing with not needing to know. Deep acceptance of ultimate mystery is ironically the best way to keep the mind and heart spaces always open and always growing.

We do need enough knowing to be able to hold our ground. We need a container and structure in which we can safely acknowledge that we do know a bit, in fact just enough to hold us until we are ready for a further knowing. In the meantime, we can happily exist in what some have called docta ignorantia or “learned ignorance.” Such people tend to be very happy and they also make a lot of other people happy.

A few years ago, a man from Colorado came to visit me. He said, “Richard, when you were still in Cincinnati, I gave you a dilemma that I was struggling with; and you told me something that has been my mantra for 30 years. You said to me, ‘You know, you don’t really need to know. It’s okay not to know.’”

Then he said, “That’s been my mantra for 30 years—with my wife, with my children, with my business, in my politics. Whenever there is a dilemma, I just say, ‘I don’t know.’ It makes my wife happy, my children happy, and my life happy!” Tears started running down his cheeks. “You taught me this.”

I said, “I did? I don’t even live it myself!” But then, most of my preaching is really preaching to myself.

Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?

Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.


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