In a highly secularized culture, how do we move from being good people, good priests and good religious to becoming great saints? How do we come to a new maturity? How do we use the wonderful freedom God has given us?
Fr. Rolheiser outline four essentials for a deep spiritual life. First, like the good but sad, rich young man we have to give our entire selves to the Lord. Secondly, we have to sustain and appreciate a high level of tension in our life as we deal with our basic humanity and our membership in the Church. Third, we have go beyond our feelings and thoughts about faith and demonstrate it with our actions and our presence in the midst of God’s people. Finally, we need to hear from the voice of God that we are loved and forgiven.
He calls for a radial sobriety where we renounce the addictive values of our comfort seeking culture and live lives of transparent holiness. By doing this we will avoid being the good, but sad, rich young man and be like the often confused and frightened apostles who nevertheless followed the Lord to the end of their lives because he gave them water that quenched their deepest thirst and they were convinced he was the only, Way, Truth and Life.
1 CD, 68 minutes
Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI