The author explains the meaning of the journey to the Centre, which retreats aim at. Experience has shown him, too, what is the best help for reaching there.
Ever since the beginning of creation, and more than ever today, we find the human quest for meaning and fulfilment in life. The search for this fulfilment in most of us, priests and religious included, is in the creation rather than the Creator.
Initial Harmony and Its Loss
God created humanity in His image and likeness (Gen 1:26). He breathed His very breath (Presence, Spirit) in the human person (Gen. 2:7). Hence we have the very presence of God within us. At the beginning of creation, our first parents were in deep communion with this presence of God within them. They were living in constant awareness of this presence, experiencing the glorious freedom of the sons and daughters of God (Rom. 8:21). They were in communion with God and in harmony with the whole of creation. Jesus uses the word ‘Kingdom of God’ to express this experience of the love of God. Hence our first parents were enjoying the kingdom of God within them (Lk. 17:21).
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Fr Alvito Fernandes OCD