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“There must be another world where God is…”

August 6, 2010

This Sunday, Aug. 8, at 9 am, in the Narthex (come! join us!), we will continue our pilgrimage through the lives of Merton, Day, O’Connor and Percy by considering Paul Elie’s account of each of those four exceptional Christian writers’ experiences of young adult-hood. In so doing, we’ll consider our own experience of coming of age and struggling to figure out who we are and who God has called us to be. Early adult-hood is, of course, a crucial stage in the pilgrimage of our lives–fueled by tremendous hopes, but prone to debilitating disappointments. As Elie puts it:

The impulse to find and inhabit an “other” world over and against the present one is perhaps the most common form the religous pilgrimage takes. God, the pilgrim suspects, is other and elsewhere. There must be another world where God is. The pilgrim yearns to see God face to face, so earthly life becomes a pilgrimage toward that other place; sometimes it displaces the religious yearning and becomes religion itself. Its source, often enough, is the imagination of the artist, which seeks expression in religion, the only world as vivid as the starlit world within. But sometimes the human person is seen as the image of God, and earthly society as the fallen analogue of the heavenly one.

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