A Lived Experience of Celebration
This book is an autobiographical account of the development of an authentic interiority. It charts the way in which the Christian faith in which the author was enculturated was refined by her lived experience of music, abuse, forgiveness, interfaith dialogue, gender and vocation (into teaching and priesthood). The author describes how music and spirituality can create a route into forgiveness by creatively transforming («mulching») childhood abuse into celebration. Her work challenges established therapeutic models and suggests a variety of alternative tools, including created ritual.
The volume is set out as a series of meditations on the themes contained in the Lord’s Prayer; it can be read in separate sections, as well as in its totality. The author’s life is perceived as a crystal that can be viewed through various lenses, illustrated by different styles of writing. These include narrative accounts written in a personal style; hymns, songs and poems that condense her thinking around a theme; and more academic reflection, using other people’s writing and experiences to understand her own.
Chapter 16: From Evil: Re-Balancing
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From Evil: Re-Balancing
The legacy of my father’s anxiety has made me on the surface a ‘glass half full’ person; but underneath, I am a ‘glass half empty.’ I have to keep offering my cares to God. This hymn charts some of the images of God that have helped me in this; the rest of this chapter will look at strategies that I have used to avoid evil:
1. Come, our Emmanuel,
The God who sets us free,
Help us to live abundantly,
Find our true destiny.
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