Before we learn to live with God and each other in any form of community
we must learn to live with ourselves.
That is our true self, with all the masks and pretending removed.
All the roles of illusion we play out based on our egos and self-constructed worlds.
We must learn to let go of the things we have turned in to false Gods, rather
than a stepping stone toward God.
Our times of prayer leading into the silence and solitude of God are not an escape
from reality but the most profound facing of reality there can be.
Very gradually we begin to see ourselves as God sees us.
It is as if we stand naked before God.
The journey of prayer, if truly entered, does not deceive.
All our no-go areas are laid bare for us to see.
The truth is, on this journey, some days we can be our best friend, and other days
our worse enemy.
The more we know, accept, and love our true selves, the more we can
accept and receive the love of God, and form relationships with others that are truly
genuine and lasting.
In this weakness is no barrier. For in our weakness there is the tenderness is God’s embrace.
In our poverty, there is love and acceptance of a God who is the friend of all men and woman.
By an associate of the community.