Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thought For The Day

Richard Rohr's daily reflections almost always give me something good (or difficult...usually difficult) to chew on. Today is no exception, since I have been dealing with a seemingly silent God lately...

The goal of all spirituality is to lead the “naked person” to stand trustfully before the naked God. The important thing is that we’re naked; in other words that we come without title, merit, shame, or even demerit. All we can offer to God is who we really are, which to all of us, never seems like enough. I am sure this is the way true lovers feel too.

As you know, the act of lovemaking requires some degree of nakedness, and perhaps sacred silence to absorb the communion that is happening. The same is true in loving and being loved by God. We have to let go of our false self (as superior or as inferior) to be ready for real unity with God; and to do that, we have to be silent.

Silence is the language of God, and the only language deep enough to absorb all the contradictions and failures that we are holding against ourselves. God loves us silently because God has no case to make against us. The silent communion absorbs our self-hatred, as every lover knows.

"God has no case to make against us."  Wow.