Letters to Jesus (Seeking Spiritual Connection) - 7
There are a lot of things we embrace in religion that go against a spiritual life based on a relationship of loving You and others. I feel, as Thomas Merton apparently does, that God speaks mysteriously to everyman, including “unbelievers.” No matter how little I understand this, I believe it. There are ways beyond my imagination that God touches individuals. It has nothing to do with whom I may like or dislike or think worthy or unworthy. God touches all in some way which may or may not involve me.
Thus, for me to be disheartened or discouraged about being of seemingly little influence on others should not be a consideration. There are ways in which God touches people that have nothing to do with the accepted concepts of “getting them to church.” In fact, this tactic, for many, is a blatant turn-off. This ploy, as well as a bag full of religious presuppositions nurtured by church affiliated do-gooders may be in direct opposition to the ways by which God touches certain people.
Quite simply, all that’s needed is love – not understanding! An individual whose will is free can choose easily to ignore the tiny whisper or gentle touch that comes from You; but for others these may be, in their tininess, more potent than the heavy-handed “counseling” or obvious “examples” of well-intentioned religious folks. The “my way or the highway” approach was never a state-of-the-art refinement of spiritual guidance; yet, so many regard this as the stance of the religious hierarchy.
The movement toward ecumenism notwithstanding, the residue of infallibility does not rest lightly on those who might be considered anti-authoritarian. While these people may seemingly be the hardest to impress, I believe Your voice is heard clearly and interiorly by them especially because they trust what is within themselves more than they trust that which comes from outside. However, even that is often ignored. In the final analysis it come down to recognizing and accepting that everything is between God and the individual