Fully Human, Fully Divine

This week the world has lost two spiritual giants. Last week I wrote about Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message translation of the Bible along with at least 30 other books. He passed away a few days later. On Thursday, Fr. Thomas Keating passed away at the age of 95. Both had been in hospice care at the end of their lives.

Fr. Thomas is most known for bringing contemplative spiritual practices back to life in the western church; particularly centering prayer. Centering prayer is sitting in silence, resting in God and sitting in God’s presence. It’s easy and it’s one of the most difficult things we can do. I was fortunate enough to meet Fr. Thomas about 10 years ago when he was still traveling and teaching. Go here https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/fr-thomas-keating-0 to learn more about his life.

The spiritual journey has a destination of growing closer to God. Peterson and Keating were pioneers on the journey and many have come to know God better through them. I am grateful to God for their presence and their practice.

A few tidbits from Thomas Keating:

"Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God."

"God has not promised to take away our trials, but to help us to change our attitudes toward them. That is what holiness really is. In this life, happiness is rooted in our basic attitude toward reality."

“For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine.”

“We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.”

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to celebrate the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther and the Good News of God’s love, mercy and grace. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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