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Affirming Our Basic Goodness

Series: 
Love Matters
Week: 
18

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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English Transcript: 

Unity of the human race makes it possible for God to become human in such a way that in taking one person to himself he takes everybody to himself; so that we become, if we consent, certain incarnations of Christ – limited, limited, of course – and not the complete expression of God’s Son that Jesus was but, nonetheless, united with Christ in so far as we consent to this process of transformation and imitate his example.

So God then is trying to bring us to a new place – an extraordinary place – and it requires effort and yet it’s the place where we were originally created according to the insight of the Book of Genesis: Namely, we’re made in the image and likeness of God.

FR C: Is there any approach for a person to clearly grasp the beauty of our basic goodness?

I think the principal source of affirming the basic goodness is that we’re created in the image and likeness of God. God is infinitely merciful and has identified with our faults and sins in such a way that he’s taken them away. So, where did they go? Perhaps we should let them go. I think the evolutionary perspective could help to heal that – that God expects us to have all kinds of faults. But that God wants us to be perfect, I think, should be affirmed over and over again.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Afirmando nuestra bondad esencial

Esa unidad de la raza humana es lo que hace posible que Dios se vuelva humano, de tal modo que al tomar una persona para si toma a todos para sí, con lo que nos convertimos, si consentimos en ello, en encarnaciones de Cristo – limitadas, por supuesto, y no la expresión completa del Hijo de Dios que fue Jesús, pero, sin embargo, unidos a Cristo en la medida en que consentimos a este proceso de transformación e imitamos su ejemplo.

Dios está tratando de llevarnos a un lugar nuevo - un lugar extraordinario - y eso requiere de esfuerzo, y sin embargo es el lugar donde fuimos originalmente creados según lo que nos explica el libro del Génesis, que dice que estamos hechos a imagen y semejanza de Dios

Padre C: ¿Hay alguna forma en la que una persona pueda captar con claridad la belleza de nuestra bondad esencial?

Creo que la fuente principal para afirmar nuestra bondad esencial es que hemos sido creados a imagen y semejanza de Dios. Dios es infinitamente misericordioso y se ha identificado con nuestras faltas y pecados de tal modo que nos los ha quitado. ¿Adónde se han ido? Quizá debamos dejarlos ir. Creo que la perspectiva evolutiva podría ayudarnos a sanar ese hecho: Dios espera que tengamos todo tipo de defectos

Pero el hecho de que Dios quiere que seamos perfectos, creo, debe ser afirmado una y otra vez.

 

Category: 
God Is Love