A Franciscan priest who I am a great fan of, Fr. Richard Rohr, said something that struck a chord deep within me. He said: “Those who know God well - mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God - always meet a lover, not a dictator."
This statement spurred me toward a line of thinking that led me to several questions, the first being, “In my life, how much am I willing to risk to truly encounter the Spirit”, and subsequently, “am I living authentically the life I have been called to, which is a life of humility, prayer and reflection?”
By Fr. Bjorn, OES The path to union with God begins anew from the places in which we find ourselves from moment to moment. This means that the path is not one of distance or time, but of moments and glimpses of union with God.
When viewed from this perspective, the monastic path is a great and enduring gift; I stray from the path of union with God more times than I can count in a day and still I am gently redirected to the path of union by the quiet whispers of the Spirit in my heart.