One is on a spiritual journey when one’s primary life intention is to deepen relationship with God through prayer practice, devotion and service. This is represented by consent to, and participation with, God’s unfolding presence and action within and without, in the ordinary circumstances of our life.
"The Lord said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?
Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord,
for the Lord is about to pass by.'"
- 1 Kings 19: 9,11
During a recent Centering Prayer retreat at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, I ventured forth on an afternoon hike, scrambling up a steep cliff to check out some rock formations that had enticed me from the ground below.
Q: What the heck is one supposed to do if one just doesn't like people and humanity? Seemingly making some progress in my practice, desire closer relationship with God, but can't get past the stupidity, smallness, greed, ignorance of most people, or the self-destructiveness of the race? How can anyone love this sorry lot?
Q: I am 79 years old widow and am still working part time … I enjoy my work. However, I know that sometime soon (?) I need to plan my retirement date. Health is good. I am beginning to gather information about nice senior living centers [in other cities]. My son, who is the more reliable of my two children lives near one of the senior centers. However, my church, my friends, my YMCA are all here in [my city]. How do I make a decision? How do I pray?