A Life of Oneness

I sense that within many people there is a great spiritual hunger. Even in our perilously seductive culture and despite the apparent abundance that surrounds so much of modern life, many people sense that something vital is missing. But this hunger for something deeper is often temporarily satiated by superficial nourishment, often in the form of mindless entertainment and exotic vacations that are merely distractions from our true hunger. We avoid all pain, and we either numb or stimulate ourselves with nonsense. Television is a weapon of mass distraction…distracting us from what is real and vital.

The refugees I filmed in the over-crowded, isolated refugee camp in Kenya in 2012 made it abundantly clear to me that I don’t have a clue how to stay with the pain of life, how to live without answers, without resolutions, and, at times, without meaning. My hunch is they know far better than me the dangerous path of true prayer. Many don’t so much recite prayers as they become living prayers. In a refugee camp you really can learn about contemplation. St. Francis of Assisi began to truly understand prayer when he embraced a leper.

The mystics of all religions have this spiritual ability to live with the darkness and not knowing that surrounds so much of life in all its complex uncertainty and swirling chaos. But more important, within that darkness they live in an unshakeable joy that can only come from a deep and profound encounter with the living God. This great encounter quiets them in a manner beyond even their understanding.

The true joy we all seek is always present, and the source of that joy is not separate from us but is within us, a very part of our being. That source, of course, is God. God is always offering the grace we need to become aware that we already possess all that we need and that God wishes nothing else than for us to realize that what we think is the gap between humanity and divinity does not actually exist.

When we connect with the oneness of God, we can know joy even in the darkness. This is the new life that Christ wants us to embrace, a life of Oneness and true joy, a life that embraces all of creation, even the leper, and sees everything as a brother and sister, even the sun and the moon. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all connected. The ideal of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living things.

God wills the fullness of life and love for everyone, not just a select few. Jesus came to give good news to the poor, to offer a communion of love to every human being. God wants our help in creating social and economic justice, insuring food, shelter, jobs, and humane living conditions for all.


2 Responses to “A Life of Oneness”

  1. 1 Jerry December 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I think you’re on the mark with the comment about a great spiritual hunger. Winston Churchhill famously said “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” This hunger leads people on a somewhat inchoate search which eventually leads them to the life of the spirit.

  2. 2 Marlene B December 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Gerry, there is so much wisdom in what you wrote (and write)!!. I have much to learn. Thank you for sharing your insights and inspirations. They have profound meaning, and I am hoping you will publish a book that I can purchase and give as gifts to others. I pray the Lord will give me grace to live my life in a way that will bring glory to His name. I pray for strength, wisdom and courage to do His will. I am weak, but He is strong. Amen.

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