This week my studies to complete spiritual direction training and my chaplaincy training catapult me deeper into my work in the world. I will be interning in a local hospital, a woman’s shelter, and hospice, while also offering spiritual direction with individuals and groups. This work is the heartbeat of my own life’s presence as it reveals more clearly my notion of the nature of divinity and my envisaging of the future of a common world. In this work, I encounter, experience and ponder the relation of theology to my desire to seek and create a more congruent and just world.
My journey draws me deeper into dialogue and conversation about divinity in my life as I endeavor to make sense of the world I share with others – our common world. To do this, I create or enter space where I meet others who are also pondering; together, we search for a language or vocabulary with which to comfortably, respectfully probe life’s deepest meaning. In this way, our experience emerges as a kind of ‘theological matrix’ by which we make sense of our lives. It becomes a lens with which we can appreciate the differences in how we each arrive at our understanding of the nature of the divine.
Ideas about the sacred are central to my bearings in the world, my values in service and action; and most important, my sense of what I want to bring into the world through my be-ing. And yet, these sacred understandings also illuminate concerns and questions about the real purpose of life and most especially, the intention of my life. The sacred invites, draws and compels me ever onward toward my own fecundity and authenticity.
There is really no way to make enquiry into this that does not become personally revealing. No way to side step the personal vulnerability and exposure that accompanies openly speaking and writing about this most intimate way of knowing. My life as embodied reality is informed by my understanding of divinity as it emerges in my personal, communal and social life experience. It is all an inherent and integral piece of my risk to become fully human, fully alive.
The secret of living well is not having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.
– Rachel Remen