Threefold

The following passage is by Dr. Barbara Holmes from her book, Joy Unspeakable. I read it earlier this week in Richard Rohr’s daily email and its precision brought me to a full stop. I offer a few comments and reflections in bold italics. 

“The human task is threefold. First, the human spirit must connect to the eternal by turning toward God’s immanence and ineffability with yearning. (If “God” is too specific for you, think of this as our collective need to connect to and strive for something larger than ourselves. We are made to imagine, to create, to connect and to belong in ways much larger than our ability to understand. To say ‘yes’ to that is to express our yearning.)

Second, each person must explore the inner reality of his or her humanity facing unmet potential and catastrophic failure with unmitigated honesty and grace. (Know yourself, know all of it, and use that knowledge to become a more humble and empathetic student of all that will transpire in your life. When you do that, you are a better person for others.) 

Finally, each one of us must face the unlovable neighbor, the enemy outside of our embrace, and the shadow skulking in the recesses of our own hearts. Only then can we declare God’s perplexing and unlikely peace on earth. (This is the call to learning, to an extension beyond the comfort of our place and point of view and out into a world that includes all of those we would rather not, on a given day, have to encounter. This is the only way that any semblance of ‘peace’, within ourselves and in the company of others can become real.)


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Earth Wall (detail), Andy Goldsworthy

 

2 thoughts on “Threefold

  1. Great interpretation by you David.

    When I read this phrase –

    “Second, each person must explore the inner reality of his or her humanity facing unmet potential…”

    It reminded me of why I wrote this quote a few years ago –

    “Exceed your potential.”

    Well done, by you.

    Alden

    Alden Ulrich C 480 239-1505 T @Alden Ulrich

    EXCEED YOUR POTENTIAL (TM)

  2. David:

    I tried to comment but Jetpack is making me login to a WordPress a/c that I have canceled.

    Here’s my comment: I heard her speak last year. Tears poured for the duration of her talk. She’s pretty amazing.

    Your bold italics notes are pretty amazing too!

    A gentle rest of the week….

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