We yearn to escape the demons of our subjectivity.
We yearn to escape ourselves, into intimacy.
We yearn to sense that we are in absolute touch
and we are of course.
is this happiness? open, ready aliveness articulates without words as we all know….can we reimagine a new primacy to our faith in happiness? may we relinquish possibility for a moment of innocence…..
In moments when we are truly alive, we experience life as gift. We also experience life as surprise. Faith is the heart’s response to life as gift. The heart’s response to life as surprise is hope. The more the insight that life is freely given takes hold of us, the more our life will be a life of faith, a life of trust in the Giver. Of course, that trust itself is gift: God gives us faith to respond to God’s own faithfulness. Hope is another aspect of that same fullness of life. The more insight that life is surprising takes hold of us, the more our life will be a life of hope, a life of openness for Surprise. In fact, Surprise is a somewhat more successful name than others, though all names miss the mark when we aim at naming the Nameless One. Life itself will purify our hope step by step if we live with a passion for the possible. As we go forward, the apparent limits of the possible will be pushed back further and further into the region of the seemingly impossible. Sooner or later we realize that the possible has no fixed limits. Hope is openness for Surprise. Hope is the virtue of the pilgrim……Brother David Steindl-Rast
The idea of ‘kenosis’- the self-emptying of God into human form, into fragile, impermanent flesh, does not allow for such evasion. Which is why, for me, it is more helpful to call upon another ancient and beautiful idea: apokatastasis panton- the renewal of all things. We do not know what endures. We do not know how to orient ourselves to a world in which death seems always to have the final word, in which it seems everything is ultimately lost to us. Still, the hope of redemption and restoration persists. Honesty in the face of the endless ambiguity of existence will necessarily mean living with some measure of uncertainty and doubt about whether it is possible to even imagine such restoration. The idea of apokatastasis is a vision of eschatological hope noted in the conviction that in the end nothing, not even the tiniest fragment of life will ever be lost, that everything that ever was will be transformed and renewed, will somehow endure……Douglas Christie