The True Goal Of All Religions

The true goal of all religions is to lead us back to the place where everything is one, to the experience of radical unity with all of humanity and hence to the experience of unity with God. Religion has no other purpose than to make possible this one journey.

Eveything Else Is Relative

The proclamation of the Reign of God means that only one thing is absolute –everything else is relative. Everything else is merely a means to the end. That includes the Church, the Bible, the sacraments, and all the exercises of spiritual life.

Matthew 25

He says in effect: “There is only one thing you have to do. You must have the freedom to recognize me where you didn’t expect me; otherwise you aren’t free. And you will be judged on a single question: ‘Could you recognize me in the least of your brothers and sisters?’

The Addiction

For Anne Wilson Schaef there is one addiction that over-arches all these quite private addictions and dependencies: our addiction to the system itself. Our chief dependency is the dependency on our hallowed explanations. Could there be a world not built on competition? We can’t imagine it. Could there be a world not built on power? On money and control? On militarism? We can’t imagine it –which shows how dependent we are on our systems.

A Call To Live Differently

We don’t think our way into a new life; we live our way into a new kind of thinking. The Gospel is before all else a call to live differently, so that life can be shared with others. In other words, the Gospel is ultimately calling us to a stance of simplicity, vulnerability, dialogue, powerlessness, and humility. These are the only virtues that make communion and community and intimacy possible.