Intimate Communion

 

 

Waiting, waiting, waiting. Our spiritual lives are a vigil of waiting. We wait with hope for the advent of God. Yet as we wait for God, God is already here with us. And we are with God, yet not fully so, and so we wait, living with paradox and expectancy. Spiritual transformation never ends…it is always new, forever beginning, constantly evolving.

Each of us is on a life-long journey to wholeness. We all want to overcome the fractures and divisions we feel within ourselves and among our circle of family and friends. Our lives are like puzzle parts and we can’t see the full picture. Wholeness and completeness are ultimately only found in intimacy with God. Intimacy with God is only found through desire and surrender. When we desire God above all else and when we let go of our clinging egos and destructive religions, God is free to enter into intimate communion with us.

“If we remain in our ego, clenched upon ourselves, trying to draw down to ourselves gifts which we then incorporate in our own limited selfish life, then prayer does remain servile. Servility has its roots in self-serving. Servility, in a strange way, really consists in trying to make God serve our needs. We have to say to modern man something about the fact that authentic prayer enables us to emerge from our servility into the freedom of God, because it no longer strives to manipulate him by superstitious ‘deals.’”
-Thomas Merton
Contemplation in a World of Action

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