Four Chinese ideograms are combined in the Korean language to spell out very clearly the English word 'unique,' the one-of-a-kind concept. The columnist of the spiritual page of the Catholic Times reflects on this idea for our spiritual well being.
This one-of-a-kind concept, he says, is shrouded in
mystery. Every moment, every place, is unique; it's God's gift to us and
is never repeated. But is it not our tendency, he asks, to see most of
what we experience--for example, our morning, noon and evening meals--as
the same repeatable events, and being satisfied with this common
observation? "Why complicate it with God's will?" we might ask
ourselves, he says. However, it is necessary for a Christian to
understand that the gifts of time and place are also accompanied with
God's inspiration and wisdom on what to do with these gifts. Aren't
these the content of much of the Bible, and easily discernible in the
should be an obedient concurrence
with God's providence, his will for us, which will result, if followed,
in mercy toward others, living in harmony with creation, working with
what we have been
given, and seeing this realized. Though achieving these goals will be
slow, the columnist is convinced that little
by little we will see them manifest in our life.
is the way we are programed. Children are very passive in the beginning
of their lives but shortly become active. Children in school, those in catechism class, all start with a passive attitude
that in time becomes active. Passivity is not something bad but a step
to something else. There are times in the catechumenate when the first
steps are taken in obedience, and then there often is the critical
stage: we are right, others are wrong, putting no restraint on our
thoughts. This stage can be superseded by a passive state in which we
open ourselves up to what God wants to give us.
step is not just following a few things that God wants from me, but my
changing myself completely. To put it differently: it's changing my
inflexible faith tendencies to more openness, patience, mellowness,
obedience, constancy, sincerity, and the like. It is the way
we concur with the will of God and open to the practice of these
virtues to a greater degree.
Our life is to be open to
this harmony with God's desire for us. It is in this way that every moment of every day has a different meaning given
to us by God. Without this thinking, everything becomes routine.
we live in concurrence with the
Will of God all is done in his presence. All is filled with his
The tabernacle, the altar, the cross, the fields, the flowering plant,
the writing we do, the power switch on our computer, the spoon we hold
eating our meals--all is seen in the presence of God and beyond. Through me, God can be made more visible to the world.