For those who cannot attend church (and those who can)
As we age, our invitation is to increasingly let go of our false self, which can be defined as our self-image, our titles, and our status symbols. We no longer need to embrace these “false gods.” We can return to our essence, which is pure love. We can rest in the perspective of knowing what is truly important that long life experience grants us.
Contemporary theologian and Franciscan, Richard Rohr, reminds us of the following:
“The word ‘human’ comes from the Latin humus, which means earth. Being human means acknowledging that we’re made from the earth and will return to the earth. We are earth that has come to consciousness. For a few years we dance around on the stage of life and have the chance to reflect a little bit of God’s glory. As a human, I’m just a tiny moment of consciousness, a tiny part of creation, a particle that reflects only a fragment of God’s love and beauty. And yet that’s enough. And then we return to where we started—in the heart of God. Everything in between is a school of love.” *
Meditate on the following ideas:
- What still “drives” me?
- What am I doing to peel away the layers that no longer serve me?
- How do I nurture my essence?
* Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, Path of Descent, August 2, 2017.