Union with God

To me, the point of all spirituality is to grow toward union with God.  We talk about finding God and achieving union, when really this isn’t possible, for the simple reason that we are already in union with God.  Everyone is and has always been in union with God.  This union is so complete and so perfect that seeking God must include seeking yourself.  Self-knowledge is vital in getting closer to God.  It is the starting place, however self-knowledge must include the search for God.  St. Teresa of Avila head the voice of God say, “Seek yourself in Me, and in yourself seek Me.”

God is closer to us than we are to ourselves.  We are born in union with Him, and we “live and move and have our being” in God our whole lives.  This union with God is our human nature.  We wouldn’t exist without it.

This isn’t just true for saints, or just for Christians.  This is true for everyone.  He is present in every soul, even the soul of the greatest sinner in the world.

I know I might be accused of sounding “New Age,” but these ideas can be found in many Christian writings throughout history, from St. Augustine, to St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, to Thomas Merton, up to Richard Rohr today.

Separation is an illusion.  I don’t know if it’s from our fall in Eden, or if it’s something the enemy planted in us, but the greatest challenge we face spiritually is overcoming this illusion of separation.  And the hardest, yet most important thing we have to do is to get over our own ego.  Yes the ego, and not our sin.  We have to learn to overcome that part of us that wants to be in control.  That part that is totally selfish and self-obsessed.  The more realize our union with God the less grip sin will hold over our lives.  Sin is just a symptom of separation.

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