“Beat” Spirituality Part Three
So, we have been going through my idea of “Beat” Spirituality. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series, today’s post is the last on this topic for the time being. Let’s talk about communion.
3) Intentional Communion
What I mean by this is, having meaningful relationships. Every pilgrimage story has characters along the way. Be intentional about finding characters along your journey to the end. The end of course being Christ Himself, and the Beatific Vision. Build your relationships deeply, drink from their fellowship and find the right friends.
Make sure your vision is held in common. For me, a good example is my friend HHAmbrose, who I met with on Saturday. We talked about theology, spirituality and life, and we held those moments in common. We have built an intentional friendship where we approach the same reality. We don’t get bogged down talking about other people or the little things that can obstruct the deeper things in life. We have a direction, a purpose to our meetings, and are conscious about how we spend time when we talk.
When I talk about intentional communion I don’t just mean with others, though that is certainly important. I’m also talking about communion with God. The Beat Generation had a sort of spiritually charged way of living that though conceived improperly has a lot to teach us about appreciating beauty in everyday life. If you haven’t, please read On the Road. It’s just a beautiful book it’s horrifying and dark at times, but at others it shines with a great appreciation of reality.
Kerouac was a lapsed Catholic, exploring the world and still had a view to search for God in the everyday. I think that remembering the intentional nature of our communion with God can greatly help us not only survive but thrive in the everyday. I’m not saying we spiritualize everything, but that we can approach life with a healthy remembering that God is with us, and that He “Once for All” suffers not only in the cross but also in our continued sufferings. He’s with us, in our bodies, which are temples made to carry his presence around into the world.
When we go out into the world, we go as moving temples, as tents of meeting where others may encounter our God because we have met with Him. The only thing to remember is: When you go out, don’t forget to come back again. There’s no reason to think that spirituality is all about the silent closeted super-spiritual times. There’s no reason to think that once you’re out in the world and moving along, there’s no need to camp out from time to time and simply enjoy life, and God and others. Everyday is endowed with types of Holy Communion, if we would dare to find it where it already is: all around us.