Escape To Reality

Editor’s Note:  This is the first in a series of posts based on the longer essay, One Life Divine.  Unlike the original essay, these individual installments are illustrated.  They are as follows:

  1. Escape To Reality
  2. Reality is One
  3. Reality is Intelligent
  4. The Manifold Appearance of Reality
  5. A Body You Have Prepared For Me
  6. Hidden In Plain Sight
  7. Jesus Is Calling…
  8. Reconciled To God

Escape To Reality

For those who truly live within the Christian tradition, this paragraph from the The Roman Catholic Catechism offers a beautiful schematic representation of the REALITY of human existence:

Emblem_of_the_Catechism_of_the_Catholic_Church813  The Church is one because of her source: “the highest exemplar and source of this mystery is the unity, in the Trinity of Persons, of one God, the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit.”  The Church is one because of her founder: for “the Word made flesh, the prince of peace, reconciled all men to God by the cross, … restoring the unity of all in one people and one body.”  The Church is one because of her “soul”:  “It is the Holy Spirit, dwelling in those who believe and pervading and ruling over the entire Church, who brings about that wonderful communion of the faithful and joins them together so intimately in Christ that he is the principle of the Church’s unity.”  Unity is of the essence of the Church.

While some elements of this schematic may seem (at first glance) exclusive and sectarian, the TRUTH to which it points is, in the words of St. Augustine, common to all and chaste to each:

[Truth] welcomes all her lovers who are in no way envious for her, and is common to all and chaste to each one ( On Free Choice, book 2, chapter 14).

It is common to all and yet there is no guarantee it will be seen simply because we confess the name of Christ (or are baptized; or adopt a Christian creed; or believe as we are told regarding Jesus or the Bible).  Conversely, this same truth seems to be intuited by many who are not all inclined to say, “Lord, Lord” — whether they prefer to remain nominally unaffiliated, perhaps; or whether they have been born and raised in another tradition, entirely, and have hardly heard the name of Christ.

escape into realityTo be sure, the meaning of the word “Church” cannot be restricted to any organized, institutional religious body; and the precise meaning of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” may remain somewhat elusive.  Nevertheless, whatever the circumstances in which we find ourselves– whether we are nominal Christians or not; whether we are ignorant of this tradition or not —the Truth toward which it points is nonetheless universal.  It can be summarized as follows:

  1. Reality is One
  2. Reality is Intelligent
  3. Reality Appears Manifold

Let us examine each of these in turn…

–> Reality is One

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