Our Images of God →Our Lifestyle

During my Jesuit novitiate, as a preparation for the 30 days Ignatian retreat, our novice master gave a sheet of paper of the different images of God. Though the picture on the left is not the same list, it depicts some of them.

Probably an image of God, i love to keep for myself is God as a loving father and mother, who is just and compassionate. Definitely we need to make a journey through the false images of God to a truer (more accurate) image of God.

I was reading Jon Sorino, SJ, a famous Latin American Liberation theologian. He would say our images of Jesus radically influences the way we live our lives. It is very easy to prove this proposition of Sobrino.

The oppressor and the oppressed have been Christians in many situations; both may or may not have attended the same church; but they worshiped the same God (or atleast we could say so).

Definitely these are not water-tight compartments. Yes, personal conversion is difficult and it definitely give a self-righteous attitude unless we are very careful. But the next level of conversions can be aid to create communities in the model of Kingdom of God. We would say,

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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