Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Being open is a prerequisite for spiritual growth.  In order for God to enter our lives fully, we must be ready to receive.  The door to our inner self must be wide open.   Our mind and heart need to be receptive so that we can hear and receive what God is offering us. God needs openings in our lives in order to "get through to us," to communicate with us, to nourish us, to stretch us toward greater growth, to revitalize and renew us with love.

Openness is also about wonder and surprise.  Christine Lore Weber writes: "All life is a beginning.  I need an open, spontaneous, joyful attitude that knows it does not know.  I need an emptiness in me… I need to find the part in my soul still empty, still able to be surprised, still open to wonder" (The Finding Stone).  Oftentimes a deep joy is associated with openness because openness leads to inner freedom and growth.

-- Joyce Rupp in The Cup of Our Life


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