Numerous Christian thinkers over the Centuries have believed that humans are born with an innate longing to be and to feel close to God. One way of expressing this, variously attributed to St. Augustine and to Blaise Pascal, is that humans are born with “a God-shaped hole”. The image suggests that we can try to fill that hole (empty feeling inside) with other things — wealth, possessions, recreation, sex, drugs or alcohol, fame, power…. to name a few – but that none of those things is ultimately satisfying because the longing can only truly be satisfied with that one thing for which the “hole” in us was shaped: namely… God. I express the idea in these words:
The deepest spiritual longing of nearly every human being is to be close to God. If this idea has a ring of truth for you, then there are two important questions that beg an answer:
Did you know that the Holy Spirit is a significant figure in the The Book of Common Prayer? The Holy Spirit in The Book Of Common Prayer explains every occurrence of the Holy Spirit in this important Episcopal book of worship. The Holy Spirit is found in: Most of the liturgical service liturgies Every liturgy for Holy Communion More than half the collects and other prayers More than 30 specific actions Aren't you curious about why the Holy Spirit is given such a prominent place in The Book of Common Prayer? Don't you wonder why you haven't heard more about the Holy Spirit before now? If that sounds like something that could be a benefit to you and your parish, valuable information starts on page one.
Contemplative Prayer and Retreat leadership, trained at Shalem Institute, Veriditas trained Labyrinth facilitator (owns portable canvas Labyrinth if a permanent one is not available).