Speaking My Truth: Ask, ask, ask again

John Chuchman, a graduate of John Carroll University has been a Hospice volunteer since 1990. He has received Pastoral Bereavement Counselor certification and a Certificate in Spirituality. In 2000, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. 


Life is not like an onion
that I strip away layer after layer
to get at some core, central, fundamental truth.
Rather it’s like the magic well:
no matter how many buckets of water I remove,
there’s always another one to be had.
Or even better,
it’s like the widening ripples on the surface of the sea
the ever larger circumference
in touch with more and more
of what’s outside the circle,
the unknown.
It was a mistake for me
 to bob around in the circle of dogma and doctrine,
rules, regulations, rites, and rituals
instead of riding a ripple
to the great expanse lying outside the religious circle.
Instead of religion
where the promulgation of truths is an end,
where truth is resident in the hierarchy,
where doubt is rarely discussed, or even allowed,
I tasted the edge of the widening circle of doubt,
an important connection to the unknown
and to the Creator.
I had to learn how to think in questions,
how to manage and exploit my doubt.
I discovered that true education
is not the filling of my pail,
but the lighting of a fire within me.
Living fully
produces doubt,
and doubt fuels growth.
The value of religion can be judged,
not by the answers it provides,
but by the Questions it raises.
 Questions can be big or small,
tractable or challenging.
Joy in life,
either living it or understanding it,
depends on developing comfort
with doubt,
and with unanswered Questions,
not pat religious answers.
Jesus said,
and you shall receive.
I think
not answers,
but more Questions
to Ask.

Source: Speaking My Truth: Ask, ask, ask again

4 thoughts on “Speaking My Truth: Ask, ask, ask again

  1. Interesting discourse. I’ve often wondered who might take on such an adventure, an atheist (to prove a point) or an agnostic (out of curiosity)?


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