One Organic Whole

Each of us is a different expression of the same divine energy and we were created to be in communication with each other and the Other. Each of us is a part of one organic whole. Each of us is only a temporary and infinitesimal fraction of a gigantic universe, and our failure to humbly grasp our individual smallness allows us to assume a far greater importance than we deserve and causes us to be human-centered rather than God-centered. We are so centered on ourselves, we have failed to grasp the organic wholeness of life and the divine beauty of the entire universe. The brokenness of any one of us is the brokenness of all us. It is in our human brokenness that divine revelation is manifested.

We are drowning in a flood of words and shrouded in nonstop noise. Silence was once a natural part of life. Max Picard, the famous Swiss philosopher, accurately observed: “Nothing has changed the nature of man so much as the loss of silence.” He wrote that long before such noise-making devices as television were invented. Today, it is normal for earphones to be almost permanently jammed into ears, earphones connected to iPods, i-Pads, i-Phones that are channels for endless, pointless chatter. And we watch life through little screens which distract us from the real life in front of us. We now film our lives with our cell phones and then e-mail selected scenes from our self-centered lives to everybody we know. No one looks up anymore…we are all looking down at our i-Whatevers and typing something that someone else needs to know. Writing has become “texting.” We tweeter away the day and keep God at bay. Not many people these days aspire to sainthood. In Life and Holiness, Merton wrote: “If we are called by God to holiness of life, and if holiness is beyond our natural power to achieve (which it certainly is) then it follows that God himself must give us the light, the strength, and the courage to fulfill the task he requires of us. He will certainly give us the grace we need. If we do not become saints it is because we do not avail ourselves of his gift.”

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