Letters to Jesus (Church, Religion, and Sacraments)-1
The “spiritual urge” in man is inherent and natural. There is an elemental spiritual flow that is not only the underpinning of the human condition but actually drives it. This proclivity is a leaning toward the transcendent and may be the singular most common and most powerful of all spiritual drives. People have risen and fallen, wars have been fought (and continue to be fought) over one nation’s beliefs in and perceptions of the transcendent as opposed to those of another nation. It is an issue with man which is that serious and it goes to the heart of wanting others to believe as we do. This spiritual urge turns men in many different directions while seeking some conduit by which to explain and dissect itself; for it is not always understood but it is always there.
Man’s most common solution is an affiliation with an institutional spiritual organization – a religion. Such institutions are helpful to a point – a point at which people often choose to settle. It’s important to consider that the spiritual urge is with us always – with or without such affiliation. Thus, while somewhat more difficult, I believe it is still possible to pursue this urge above and beyond institutional religion. I feel we diminish this urge, we dull it, and we become apathetic toward it when we settle at a particular point. There is no end-point to this urge as long as we are breathing. To ignore it is stunting. Sometimes it is weak, but it is always there trying to propel us on. We do well when we give in to it. It is as inevitable as the proverbial death and taxes.
This urge comes to be in us when we come to be. It can be called Your voice, the yearning of the soul, the divine side of our being, or any one of many other appellations; but it is indisputably there – even when we deny it. Hence it would seem proof positive of ultimate destiny: the goal of the urge. Some might even term it “conscience,” for it does compel us to the good however dim that has become in our lives.
That which most colors the spiritual urge within us and makes it unique is the condition of our own personal life. Our condition of life disposes us to listen to or to ignore this urge. Since the condition of our lives is governed by our choices, the spiritual urge in us can only be nurtured and supported by choices that dispose us toward recognizing and pursuing it, namely the spiritual. The spiritual urge compels us to the spiritual life and the spiritual life enhances the urge.