CS Lewis once said that those who loved Christ the most and were most serious about their religion would find themselves closest in faith… regardless of their denomination. I have found this so true, over the past 10 years or so. Being serious about my relationship with Christ makes it possible to see and embrace others who are likewise serious. We gather ’round Jesus, and are blessed.
Alte just turned me on to a blog called “The Cloistered Heart”. Since the writer’s goal is similar to my own, although I’d never thought of mine as particularly special, I’ve bookmarked it and am reading hungrily.
So: what IS a cloistered heart? The analogy, which is multi-faceted by now, has three main parts:
The Monastery, which is the person’s own life. A monastery is a place consecrated to God, a place of prayer, a place where God is loved and lived for and served. Our lives can, and should, become every one of these.
The Enclosure, which is within the will of God. As a cloistered nun or monk lives within a specific area known as the cloister, we can make a specific choice to live within the will of God. We can actively embrace the boundaries of God’s will as these are revealed in Scripture and Church teaching.
The Grille, which is the will of God. As some monasteries have grillwork through which those in the cloister interact with the world outside, we can have spiritual “grillwork.” We can practice seeing and responding to every person and every situation through the will of God.
She writes as I cannot write, from a tradition that makes this sort of thing explicit. Crazed Jesus Freaks don’t have a monastic tradition to use as metaphor for life’s journey and striving to please Christ.
If you’d read this post about courage, you’d hear all of what I keep *trying* to say in my “Ambassadorial” posts and failing.
*Well, obviously not the bits about “church” teaching. Just Bible. Heretic that I am.