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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Paradox

One can love God whom one does not see only by loving one’s visible neighbor. In Ignatian spirituality, radical love of “my neighbor” (the unlovable - as per Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan), this type of love requires complete abandonment of self – a self-forgetting of myself, my own wants, my own desires, my own addictions. A person who has genuinely prayed for and has been gifted this sort of abandonment becomes homeless in the true sense of the word. As a result, a person of sincere self-abandonment for others becomes homeless in the incomprehensibility of who God is. Now the person can identify more easily with society’s marginalized people, the poor and the homeless. The paradox is that when we get lost in the totally incomprehensible God, we become homeless and then we find our eternal home – we enter into His peace!

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