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What is the Most Important Activity in the Universe?

Journey to Oneness

Journey to Oneness are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of his last DVD series That We May Be One in July 2016. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posed every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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English Transcript: 

So, if God is within you, it seems like a good idea to do his will, rather than your own, because he knows what he is doing, and we do not. We are not denying the limitations of human nature, its weakness, its proneness to selfishness and self-centeredness, to glorify the self, even though at a deeper level and perhaps unconscious level, many of those people are suffering from a low self-image due to their sense of being rejected by God. So, the non-dual level has some wonderful symptoms that do not appear all at once, and that we make mistakes with and we fail and all that, but the relationship with Christ in the Christian sense continues to develop, to reach a realization that Ultimate Reality is love, and love is the most important activity that any creature can function in the universe and that ultimately is what interests God. As Saint John of the Cross puts it, “We will be judged on love.” There is no judgment in love. 

Spanish Transcript: 

¿Cuál es la actividad más importante en el universo?

Entonces, si Dios está en nuestro interior, parece ser una buena idea hacer su voluntad en vez de la propia, porque Él sabe lo que hace, y nosotros no. No estamos negando las limitaciones de la naturaleza humana, su debilidad, su tendencia al egoísmo y a considerarse el centro del mundo, a glorificar el yo, a pesar de que en un nivel más profundo y quizá inconsciente, muchas de esas personas están sufriendo por su baja autoestima debido a que se sienten rechazados por Dios. Por lo tanto, el nivel no dual tiene algunos maravillosos síntomas que no aparecen a la vez, y cometemos errores y fracasamos, pero la relación con Cristo en el sentido cristiano continua desarrollándose, para alcanzar una comprensión de que la Realidad última es amor, y que el amor es la actividad mas importante que cualquier criatura puede realizar en el universo, y que en ultima instancia es lo que a Dios le interesa. Como dijo San Juan de la Cruz “Seremos juzgados por el amor”. No hay juicio en el amor.

Journey to Oneness