Us through other's eyes
We can learn from common understandings
By Tony Staley
One benefit of studying a foreign language is what we learn about
our own language. That's obvious for an English-speaking person
who studies Latin, given all the words with Latin roots. Beyond
that, a foreign language teaches us sentence structure, grammar
and the rules of language we often take for granted.
We can have a similar experience when people of other religions
discuss their practices and beliefs. Such was the case when
listening to Artley Skenandore of the Oneida Nation speak to the
Claude Allouez Forum.
Skenandore talked about the Oneida belief in the need to give
thanks for the blessings the Creator provides us and to renew our
spiritual fire or soul to keep our life in balance. The Oneida
believe, he said, that when they pray and sing, they are joined
with people all over the world who are praying and singing.
His comments about Mother Earth, Grandfather Wind, Brother Sun
and Grandmother Moon may have reminded some of St. Francis of
Assisi's "Canticle of Brother Sun."
In short, his talk was a good reminder that, despite our
differences, not only do we have much in common, but we ignore
such spiritual truths at our own peril.