Editor's Comments: Where I Find God

The OceanIn more recent years, I believe that I find God by "listening." Paul Tillich, a Protestant theologian at Union Theological Seminary, used to teach that "the first act of love is to listen."

As a teenager, I loved and listened to the ocean for the gifts of deep thought and peace it brought me. I walked for countless moments and many miles along its shores. Its waves left many treasures on the shores of my own mind and heart. As I grappled with the thought of eternity, it spoke to me of the timelessness of God.

I find God in the awesome power of affirmation that we all possess, no matter how little used. This gives me an almost creative power to refashion other persons by letting my behavior towards them convince them they are worthy of respect and worthwhile as children of God.

I find God especially in the quiet darkness of the prayer of faith, bypassing all concepts that are incapable of containing God and transcending any human experience of love. There I can wordlessly communicate with the Blessed Three. My efforts lean toward praise and thankfulness which seems to me to be the stuff of heaven; more than petition and penitence which are passing and of this earth. This activity will be our main preoccupation in heaven.

Finally, I find God in the poor. Not in the sense that I'm immersed in their care like a Mother Teresa; but rather that here in the Peace and Justice Center we do what we can to alleviate the sufferings of the crucified today...in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Kilian McGowan, C.P.

Kilian McGowan, C.P. was founding editor of the Passionists Compassion and edited the magazine until his death in July, 1998

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