Richard Rohr’s Daily meditation this week centers around the theme “Giving Birth to Christ.” Rohr quotes from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, in which Merton describes the true identity that he seeks in contemplative prayer as a point vierge [virgin point] at the center of his being, “a point untouched by illusion, a point of pure truth . . . which belongs entirely to God.” Rohr asserts that “It is only when we stop idolizing the illusion of our control over the events of life that we become virgin in the sense that Merton means.”
Rohr also brings to mind Beverly Lanzetta’s work, The Monk Within: Embracing a Sacred Way of Life, and her exploration of what she calls “a theology of gestation.” Lanzetta writes: “From darkness and uncertainty, we wait for the Divine to be born in its own time. The process doesn’t try to contain new revelation in the dry, crusty soil of old forms, but germinates in the openness of heart, fertile, receptive and waiting . . . Gestation cannot be forced; new life cannot be prescribed . . .We cannot fashion divine self-disclosure to our own liking. Impregnated with its seed, we simply support it and watch it grow.”
Join us this Sunday as we sink more deeply into this very sacred, fertile time of year. Our service will center again around fine art and sacred music. We will spend extra time in contemplation— open hearts, receptive and waiting—to see what divine self-disclosure takes root. Your presence and participation are a treasured gift to our church.
I hope to see you Sunday. With much love, Linda