Doubt has suffered from bad press ever since the apostle Thomas.
It can be a tricky path to walk between certainty and doubt, especially when our duties require us to make the best decisions we can with limited information, or when our intellectual pursuits cause us to probe into sensitive areas. There is a tension between sticking with the knowledge that has been passed on to us and forging ahead into unknown territory. Doubt easily gets labelled as a vice, and one which must be avoided in order to make progress.
When dressed in different clothes, however, doubt can clearly be seen as a virtue. Whether we call it meta-cognition, reflection, or critical thinking, it is fundamentally the same thing. A refusal to take knowledge or beliefs at face value, but instead to wrestle with the underlying questions of importance.
The hardest type of questioning occurs when we question ourselves. In a crisis, even the fundamentals are up for grabs, and it is easy to lose self-confidence along with everything else. But we are more than the sum of our beliefs, and if we permit ourselves a small amount of doubt in our everyday lives, we will not fall so far or so hard when it comes knocking. The point of embracing doubt is not to be crushed by it but to open up some room for manoeuvre or for change, and emerge from the testing stronger. Is there space in your life and in what you believe for doubt? ~Father Peter Kemp
No wonder the Abbot had it in for you, Peter. By the way, the bold is me giggling because my sense of humour is still 14 years-old. And the underlined part is where I realised he was talking about himself. Dietrich was talking about Peter's masses and I found his journal where he had some of them written down. Now that's a priest.
Also YAY he said my name! Okay, he said the apostle Thomas's name, but it's my name too.