Community as a Spiritual Practice

I just finished five days of meetings with 350 of my closest friends — sisters and associates of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. I find myself reflecting on community — what is it? How do we recognize it? How can we make it stronger?



As Christians we speak of the Holy Trinity — God as three persons; yet one.  I’m not even going to try to explain the Trinity;  I think it is enough to say it is a mystery. The reason I even mention Trinity is because we do know that as a trinity of three persons God is relational. Have you ever reflected on the love that God has for God?  Many great teachers throughout our history have talked about this love and how it is so powerful it overflows from the heart of God into God’s creation — which includes us!

Now take a moment to remember that we, human persons, are made in the image and likeness of God. If this is true then we are in fact mirrors which reflect God. If God is all about relationship and love are we too not also about relationship and love?

What does this mean for community? Our very faith tells us that we need each other. To be Christian means we are called to engage in community with one another. So, ponder your communities – do you participate in a faith community? If not, do you have others who support you in your faith journey? If not, I encourage you to consider finding community to support and challenge you as you walk in the footprints of Jesus.


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