“Union with God is not withdrawal or separation from the activity of the world but a dedicated, integrated, and sublimated absorption into it.” – Ilia Delio
Their minds are occupied with earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.
St. Paul knew that our human lives have eternal significance.
As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
And we are here for a reason.
For Jesus, our purpose seemed to hinge on our cooperation in the bringing about of the kingdom of God on Earth.
You can’t make your life just about you, or make it some “personal salvation project” as Thomas Merton put it.
The famous monk thought he could leave the world behind when he became a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.
But from his life of silent contemplation, the Spirit led him to be an impactful voice for social justice through his writings and correspondence with people all over the world.
From our spiritual depths we are inspired to become the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
God is not just in some far off heaven but is intimately present in the here and now.
As Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio said, “We are not only to recognize evolution but to make it continue in ourselves. We are to “christify” the world by immersing ourselves in it, plunging our hands in to the soil of the earth and touching the roots of life.”
We all have sacred work to do in our everyday, ordinary lives.
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