Few of us can run off
to the wilderness or hermitage
so the older religions
to break us out of
our normal, comfortable, sleepwalking trance
help us get into liminal space
through pilgrimages, fasting, silent retreats
Lent or Ramadan.
You are baptized with the Holy Spirit
not by believing in the Holy Spirit
as a doctrine, but by drawing upon
the Divine Indwelling already within you.
According to Thomas Merton
the Holy Spirit is the Soul of the Church
so when the Holy Spirit prays within you
whether in public or private
it is the Soul of the Church
praying within you.
Bad things happen to good people
but the Holy Spirit is always present
prompting you from within
to take care of your self
and comforting you from within
when your health, work, or marriage fails.
Quantum theology befriends and redeems
the pain, the dark, the chaos
by helping people see the interdependence of
darkness and light
pain and pleasure
sickness and health
death and rebirth.
The Holy Spirit shows us
there is a virtue to be practiced for every sin:
all the Enneagram
vices and virtues.
If you are engaging with those
who have not suffered
“rings of fire”
your attempts to explain
the reasonableness of faith
or prove God’s existence
Systematic atheism insists
humans must be free
of any kind of God
as their author and goal
in order to be responsible
for their own life.
Since YOU are your own author, goal and end
you cannot foist off onto God
responsibility for your own life.
Atheism relies upon science
but science believes only
what can be physically located is real:
cells, brains, stars.
So science scrubs the universe clean of
values, meaning, consciousness, ethics and depth
since these things cannot be located in the cosmos
they are unreal fantasies/illusions.
What Alfred North Whitehead called
“the fallacy of simple location”
leaves us with a culture of superficiality.
We are like seed
that falls upon gravel
and withers because it has no roots.
Merton studied the “archaic wisdom”
of Mayans, Zapotecs, Toltecs
to learn how to counter the efficiency, ambition
and triviality of technocratic society.
Science saps us of passion
but Eros is the Holy Spirit in action – and passion
deserves a home among spiritual people
– passion for pleasure and sharing it
– compassion: awareness of suffering
– passion for restorative justice
– all these are works of the Holy Spirit.