ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT theological questions centers on whether our lives make a difference to God. In other words, is God a distant observer, uninvolved in the messiness of our lives and unconcerned with the intricacies and conflicts of relationships, economics, and politics? Or, does God’s love for the world mean that God actually experiences our lives as they unfold and that God is rejoicing or mourning our particular life decisions?
I believe that Benedict asked similar questions as he sought to respond to spiritual needs in his time. Benedict believed that God acts in the world and that conversely what happens in the world matters deeply to our Creator.
– Bruce G. Epperly
The Mystic in You
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Do our lives make a difference to God? Share your thoughts.
“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
Acts 10:47, NRSV
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This week we remember: Athanasius (May 1).
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