The Spirit of God is always inviting us to allow ourselves to be attracted, fascinated by Christ and his way of doing things. God’s desire is first. God always makes the first move toward us. God in Christ is constantly seeking intimate relationship with us. And what Pope Francis will call “leaving ourselves behind,” is only worth it if there is something much more beautiful we are being offered. God is not coercive; he invites, even allures. God is gentle, even if sometimes emphatic. God’s will for us is not meant to be opaque or obscure but revealed in our deepest longings and attractions. We have come to the monastery because at some point we realized our desire for hiddenness- our desire to be hidden in Christ. We come to realize that Christ wants this more than we can comprehend.
Photograph by Brothrer Brian.