How should we think about faith?
This week’s posts about various topics begin with the “How should we think about….?” question that was introduced in the November 18th post.
I try to begin each morning with Richard Rohr’s daily meditation. Yesterday he quoted Simone Campbell, who works with issues of economic justice, immigration reform and healthcare. One of Campbell’s themes is: “For those who see deeply there is only One Reality.”
It’s easy for our busy lives to fragment into silos: work, play, family, church, friends, politics, etc. What happens in one silo may be unrelated to, or have minimal engagement with, another silo. Faith brings everything together.
I’ve been retired 54 days. This is my 54th blog post. The blog is a way for me to do the important internal work of living into what Simone Campbell calls “the One Reality” that permeates every aspect of life. I’m beginning to think about faith as attentiveness to the One Reality.
I believe this is what Thomas Merton (1915-1968) described on p. 32 of New Seeds of Contemplation:
“To work out our own identity in God, which the Bible calls ‘working out our salvation,’ is a labor that requires sacrifice and anguish, risk and many tears. It demands close attention to reality at every moment, and great fidelity to God as (God is revealed), obscurely, in the mystery of each new situation.”