My spiritual community has taught me a great deal. It has given me precious gifts, including opportunities to struggle and work my way through my own part in the community.
My spiritual community has usually been based in a group of people I can spend time with face to face. There have been lots of different people in lots of different places, and each of them has given me more than they imagine. We have shared our pain and frustration, prayed for each other, and inspired each other. We have listened to each other, even when we did not agree.
The people in my spiritual community show me the face of the Divine in their own faces.
The people I have known face to face connect me to the people they know. Some of these people live in faraway places. Some of them lived long ago, and we read words they left for us. They inspire me, teach me, and give me things to consider. Each of them tells part of the story, and each of them becomes part of my spiritual community. The monks I know in the monastery in Big Sur, for example, extend my spiritual community to include people throughout the history of Benedictine spirituality.
Now my community grows each day to include people I have never met. I meet people online who inspire me, who teach me and share with me, for whom I pray. My spiritual community stretches back through history and around the world.
Thank you for being part of my community.
Who is in your spiritual community?
Who is shaping you today?
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