Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -8
I need Your help in determining the kind(s) of relationship we should be seeking here. Should it be communal, individual, or a combination of both? I make no excuses for the fact that I favor an individual relationship with You. I am not unopen to experiencing You communally but I do not nurture and try to develop it in the same way I pursue a personal relationship.
I am more prone to use the communal aspects of spirituality: the Mystical Body, the Communion of Saints, the Catholic Church, to enhance my seeking a personal relationship with You. Within the context of group settings I tend to derive more from my observation of others than from my personal involvement. My observations and perceptions of Your presence in the lives of other people unites me to them with a common bond. I am part of all those who seek You. I have that in common. Thus, WE seek You, but each in a unique way.
There is, I think, among such people a common desire to find something more meaningful than the pedestrian motions of ordinary daily life. Yet even those mired in the ordinary aspects of life form a kind of community – a community of thousands (maybe millions) of retired senior citizens who share a day-to-day routine (especially in winter when staying indoors is the rule) of generally empty busy-ness and passive existence. We have this mode of life in common. It is a communion of crossword puzzles, TV, movies, books, magazines, and just sitting. Yet, if we look at one such as St. Therese of the Child Jesus we might begin to realize the spiritual profit of accepting and operating within the daily communal sphere of the ordinary.