OF ALL RELIGIONS, Christianity is perhaps the most social. One cannot be a Christian alone. Even Christian hermits carry with them into their aloneness the liturgy, scripture, and formation of the church. Furthermore, they are traditionally under the spiritual direction of a person or group, which they regard as necessary lest their pilgrimages succumb to personal whim and defensive avoidance.
While scripture clearly states that all human beings are created in the image of God, even at best this image is badly tarnished. One thing is clear: Deep within our souls, actually as proof that we have a soul, is a profound something that will not be quieted. Experienced negatively, this something seems to be an emptiness, an ache, an anguish, an incompleteness, accompanied by an innate cry for it to go away. Experienced positively, it is a yearning, a craving, a desire, a hope. Karl Barth speaks of this active longing as our “universal homesickness.”
– W. Paul Jones
The Art of Spiritual Direction
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In what ways do you experience a yearning for God? Share your thoughts.
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the LORD, and the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
1 Samuel 8:6-7, NRSV
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This week we remember: Boniface (June 5).
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