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DIVINE DESIGN: THE HOLINESS OF PLACE
Not all spaces are created equal. We inhabit a kitchen differently from a formal dining room. A mall feels not at all like an open field. Grand Central Station may have vaulted ceilings, but no one mistakes it for a church.
Place can be helpful in the quest to be more thoughtful, discerning people. I make lousy decisions amid commotion, better ones with time stretched across silence. While some argue whether a mountaintop is more sacred than a sanctuary, neither is a bad place to seek the divine. Moses, Elijah, and Elisha encountered the Holy on mountains. So did Jesus.
Biblically speaking, nature--God's created space--is a great place for reflection. God told Job that the answers to all of his questions could be found there. Nature has much to teach us about divine values like beauty, orderliness, liberty, variety, surprise, vastness, smallness, life, and death. Old Testament wisdom writers observed how everything in nature plays its part and belongs to the whole. Keep a mental log of nature’s lessons. Praise God for each one.
This does not suggest that cathedrals, basilicas, churches, chapels, and shrines are less appropriate places for contemplation. On the contrary: across the globe and in every religious tradition, the desire for specifically designated sacred space is evident. Such spaces are designed to attract the eye and draw out the heart. Sight, smell, silence, sound, touch, and even taste combine to invest our humanity fully. Sacred space is an ongoing invitation for divine encounter. Use it!
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2019 VISION Spotlight
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WHERE DO YOU PRAY?
Prayer is essential to the call to Christian discipleship and religious life. Whether you are discerning a vocation or have already entered religious life, please send us photos of where you go to pray for individual or communal prayer. Tell us what you like about this particular space. What makes it sacred to you? How does it help you encounter the divne. We may feature your submission in the upcoming issue of VISION.
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Deadline for submissions: Jan. 31, 2018.
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