The Messenger who is coming will refine Levi like the refiner purifies silver. God is love, compassion and mercy; however, that does not mean that life is a bed of roses. As we grow in wisdom, age and grace, we have the opportunity to grow into closer union with God.
This is what contemplative living is all about. As we make our spiritual pilgrimage through life, we come to understand that it is not about will power. We can desire closer union with God and we should. Nevertheless, it is a gift from God. We cannot achieve it. We cannot earn it. We cannot buy it. It is gift. The most we can do is show up. The rest is up to God. Continue reading