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Communion

Posted on 2009-04-27. Filed under: Prayers, Quotes, Thoughts |


What do we really desire? As I try to listen to my own deepest yearning as well as to the yearnings of others, the word that seems best to summarize the desire of the human heart is “communion”. Communion means “union with”. God has given us a heart that will remain restless until it has found full communion. We look for it in friendship, in marriage, in community. We look for it in sexual intimacy, in moments of ecstasy, in the recognition of our gifts. We look for it through success, admiration, and rewards. But wherever we look it is communion we seek….

The desire for communion…is a God-given desire, a desire that causes immense pain as well as immense joy. Jesus came to proclaim that our desire for communion is not in vain, but will be fulfilled by the One who gave us that desire. The passing moments of communion are only hints of the Communion that God has promised us. The real danger facing us its to distrust our desire for communion. It is a God-given desire without which our lives lose their vitality and our hearts grow cold. A truly spiritual life is life in which we won’t rest until we have found rest in the embrace of the One who is the Father and Mother of all desires.

– Henri Nouwen, Here and Now

When I was younger, I thought much of becoming a hermit. Even when I was surrounded by other people, I often behaved as a hermit. I wished for simplicity and relationships seemed to make everything complicated. I wanted my God, my mountain and myself – no more! Over the years, however, I have realized that I can’t be fully me without having relationships. Each person with whom I am in relationship or even just within proximity, brings out a different part of myself. They bring out different aspects of my personality, different methods of expression and different desires. I have come to enjoy the multi-faceted person that I am whom God created this way. As so much of life, just like Donkey said, I’m like a parfait.

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