Fleeing escapism

Neal Obstat Theological Opining

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There can be so much escapism in our striving for a “spiritual life.” We often flee from the concrete, apparently banal reality that is filled with God’s presence to an artificial existence that corresponds with our own ideas of piety and holiness, but where God is not present. As long as we want to decide for ourselves where we will find God, we need not fear that we shall meet him! We will meet only ourselves, a touched-up version of ourselves. Genuine spirituality begins when we are prepared to die. Could there be a quicker way to die than to let God form our lives from moment to moment and continually to consent to his action? — Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen

Deacon Jim Keating gave a lecture the other day that helped me more fully appropriate the truth of Fr. Stinissen’s wisdom. He was talking about forming men in the seminary…

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