There’s something about us that is drawn to an infinity. There is something about us that longs for absoluteness and we’re constantly, as Karl Rahner would say, in this winter of faith because the deepest horizons of our desires cannot be fulfilled. Why do we need to know God today? Because we are restless and we are longing
and we need to rediscover God in our own age. We speak about being created in the image of God but the ancients knew that there’s something of the divine spark within us and so that spark of divinity that we name as image or the highest point of the soul is what draws us. The power of this divine love within is the power of the future that keeps drawing us onward to create, to invent, to discover because we are constantly seeking that absolute ground of being that is God. This is a new God…the same God showing up in new ways.
Be still and know that I am God.
Do you feel this drawing within you? Where do you seek to know God today? How is the same God showing up in new ways?
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing. . . . We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.
Spirituality is man’s conscious longing for God.
The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.
The profound incomprehensibility of God coupled with the hunger of the human heart in changing historical cultures actually requires that there be an ongoing quest for the living God that can never be concluded.
What would our faith life be like if we took the sacred stories of religion and brought them into the world view of our day, into the understanding of the cosmos that is radically different – not because of some whimsical opinion poll but because of the discoveries of science?
Spirituality is about the opening of the heart to the God who is already here.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
Can we step outside the bunkers of our conditioning into the world as it is? Inside are the images of a culture which tries to reject what it cannot control. Outside in the wild the story of divine love is being told full of wonder and the unexpected.
I believe in the “I Am Who Am,” uttered across the aeons, pulsating incessantly throughout the whole of creation and begetting possibilities that the human mind can only vaguely imagine at this time.
With courage and with love, we must expand our religious images, open up our metaphors, and make sure our God language is representative of all.
Miriam Therese Winter
Most Christians are satisfied living as common Christians, without an insatiable hunger for the deeper things of God.
Aiden Wilson Tozer