God will bring people and events into our lives…

God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us.

-Father Thomas Keating

In preparing to write these posts, it sometimes takes awhile to develop a subject and then build on that so that it is something we can all reflect on.  I’ve kind of had that problem this week.  Then I listened to a homily by a priest where my daughter and family attend mass, St. Dorothy in NC, where he described the same problem.  This past Sunday, for example, it took him almost the whole week to gather his sermon.  I didn’t feel too bad after that because he is a heck of a homilist.

Then I watched a documentary about the amazing life of Thomas Keating.  Throughout the documentary it displayed certain quotes by him.  The quote I picked out for today really grabbed my attention.

It got me to think about the people who I have known well and the people that I’ve barely met.  Every person has had an impact of some kind on my life and it was/is up to me, my responsibility, to accept them so that I may, as Father Keating puts it, evolve God’s life in me.  I think about my love for my Lord every single day.  And, as I’ve said many times, everything that happens evolves from that love.  Another one if his quotes is really strong regarding love:

If one completes the journey to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else.

-Father Thomas Keating

Perhaps this is why the 8th commandment, thou shalt not bear false witness, is so important.  I think about all of the “gifts” God has given me in the form of the nice, and not so nice, people I’ve met over the years.  I realize that through the people I’ve encountered has allowed me to grow my spiritual life.  Therefore I have no business judging anyone else because I would be judging God in such a way.  As I grow it just makes more and more sense, and the eyes open a little bit wider each day.

 

God Bless