THE INTIMACY OF GOD
Atheists believe we cannot make
any absolute statements about God
so the word ‘God’ is meaningless
and science can explain everything
so God is unnecessary.
Modernity separated the big three:
art, morals, and science
but its big mistake
was leaving out the big fourth:
religion, which draws the big three together –
there was no cohesion
so science dominated art and morals
and became the new religion of intellectuals.
But science and technology have no room
for the human person –
by kicking humans out of world center
into a vast impersonal universe
they kicked God out too –
they not only displaced God
they displaced humans
as God’s image.
What satisfies the soul is not knowing all
but doing the purpose
for which we were created: to love God.
The spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
are thus far more important
than any science textbook.
Catholic theology has always been pro-science
and insisted that faith and reason
are not opposites or enemies –
if you cannot give reasons for your faith
you become extremely devout
but an irrational/dangerous fundamentalist
who loves God
and blows people to Kingdom-Come.
Christians should be pro-science and pro-evolution
since evolution constantly drives toward
spiritual transcendence –
higher/more inclusive/more conscious orders
from atoms to senses to neocortex.
The Hindu Dance of Creation is all around:
clouds streaming, trees swaying, sunlight sparkling
on water and snow.
The Incarnate God shows God’s face everywhere –
God’s passionate embodiment demands
whole new ways of relating to bodies:
healing/sexual tenderness/compassionate justice.
The masculine in us tends toward
The feminine in us tends toward
Each person needs their whole self
and sexual relations between women and men need
of opposites becoming One.
The truth is: certain desires and pleasures
are willed by God – to not accept pleasure
is to not accept our humanity
and to arrogantly oppose God’s will.
Buddhists, on the other hand
preach detachment from pleasure and pain –
their key is not doctrines
but nonattachment to illusion –
seeing the nature of reality
living according to reality
not words or concepts.
For Celts, reality is not
immediately visible/quantifiable by science
but the invisible world of
To Celts, you are already holy
through the free gift of the Holy Spirit
the Divine Indwelling.
Authentic religion is about subtraction
letting go of the False Self
not creating a new Holy Self
not addition – with religion less is more –
letting go of the ego
and letting the Flow
Surrender to the Great Mystery
is the key that unlocks
all world religions.