Advent: The Call to Divine Union


“If God’s incomprehensibility does not grip us if it does not draw us into super-luminous darkness if it does not call us out of the small confines of our homely, close-hugged truths…we have misunderstood the calling.” – Karl Rahner

Advent is a time for longing, listening, surrender, union, gestation, and of being ready to bring forth new life from the deepest aspects of ourselves. The one true love of us all, the one we wait for all of our lives, the embodiment of God’s Sabbath rest, is longing to be born in each soul. This comes about only through the process of divine union.


“May it be done to me according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38)

Divine union conceives new life within a person. This is followed by a period of gestation and development. Then comes the birth of new life into the world. We are all called to this process and we are all longing for this process, although we are only dimly aware of it.

Most of us think we are waiting for romance, and indeed, we are.  But this is a divine romance: the call, surrender, the ecstasy of union, the time of development, and the time of fulfillment. This is the process of our inner life in its fullest sense. This is how Gods will is done “on earth as it is in heaven.”


“Modern believers tend to trust in therapy more than mystery.” – Kathleen Norris

First, the call must be heard. It is there all of our lives, in every moment and in every experience. Few of us are willing to surrender to union on God’s terms. Unless this first step is taken, we never bring forth the one thing necessary and our lives are diminished.


“Do you hear what I hear?”

It is easy to get caught in the net of obligations and diversions. Will the crowded inn of the world prevent my happiness? Like the innkeeper, will I say, “Sorry, no room.”? Or, will I be like a sleepy shepherd in a field, suddenly awakened by the sound of wind and wings?

Prayer: Lord of life, open the ears of my heart that I may hear the still small voice of your call to the ecstasy of divine union and the joy of new life.

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