Now is the Time for Conversion

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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Given that we live 24 hours a day, take away seven or eight for sleep, but during that whole time, if we're living in the world in an active neighborhood we're being pounded by values that are not those of human nature or especially of the Gospel and which obliterate the memories we've had of God's special graces and the value of silence, or we can give lip service to those things while, in fact, the more activized we get or exteriorized, the less easy it is to return to silence. We think, oh well, maybe tomorrow or when I make my yearly retreat, whereas the time for conversion and responding to God is always now, the present moment.

Dado que vivimos 24 horas por día, aún si quitamos siete u ocho para dormir, durante todo el resto del tiempo, si vivimos en el mundo y en un vecindario activo, estamos siendo bombardeados por valores que no se corresponden con la naturaleza humana ni especialmente con el Evangelio, y que eliminan los recuerdos que hemos tenido de las gracias especiales de Dios y el valor del silencio. Podemos quizá afirmar esas cosas de la boca para afuera pero, de hecho, cuanto más activos o volcados hacia el exterior estamos menos fácil nos es volver al silencio. Pensamos, “Bueno, quizá mañana o cuando hago mi retiro anual...” mientras que el momento de convertirse y responder a Dios es siempre ahora, el momento presente.