Sometimes, the meaning of life seems like it is about fitting in, which means trying to be who “they” think we should be. The reality is, the meaning of life is learning who God created us to be. In our authentic selves, we find true value and purpose in life.
The problem is – many of us have lost touch with who we really are (assuming we ever knew). The spiritual journey is a proven pathway for discovering our true selves.
How does it work? According to the Carmelite tradition (and others), it involves silent prayer. By sitting in the mystery of an all-mighty God and dwelling on his love for us, we grow in truth; we grow in the truth of who we are before God. We enter into his loving hands, and allow him to heal us of all the woundedness that has causes us to cover up our true selves.
Through the process, we learn that we are loved and lovable, despite any bad acts we might have committed along the way. He helps us to unwind from destructive behaviors, and to learn better ways of living in this flawed world. He uncovers our joy when we learn it is ok to be imperfect, and to accept ourselves where we are. He unveils himself a little at a time, and shows us just how vast and mysterious and wonderful he is. He shows us that the purpose of life is to live in his kingdom where peace and love abound. He shows us that despite the bad in the world, he is our be-all and end-all.
Spend some time today pondering God’s greatness, and the gifts he has given to you. Spend some time pondering what it would be like to know yourself, the good, the bad and the ugly; to know yourself in balance of flaws and special graces that combine to make a truly remarkable and amazing person. Spend 15-20 minutes just reflecting on his love for you. Thoughts may enter in and distract you. That’s ok. Just push them gently aside, and drift back into that place of peace; that place within where you are one-on-one with him who loves you without any strings attached.
Ms. Debra Weldon, O.P.