Having the Courage to Embrace Our Humanity
by Mark Votava
Sometimes I have not cultivated a way of reflection and rest within myself to embrace my humanity. When this happens I have lost touch with my true self. My interior life deteriorates when I forget my limitations and responsibilities as a human. Christ is constantly teaching what it means to be human.
This question has haunted me as I have believed many different narratives about what it means to be human. As I have developed a practice of reflection and rest it has helped me to embrace my humanity. It has helped me to become a person of compassion and love.
- The courage to embody an authentic way of life
It takes a lot of courage to embrace our humanity. But we need to practice a powerful courage within us to survive. All the talk of liberty and justice for all in America, when this is clearly not the case, leaves us needing courage to embody an authentic way of life where this is true within us.
- Fullly and unreservedly embracing our humanity
Peter Rollins says, “…we must be courageous enough to fully and unreservedly embrace our humanity.” The mystical imagination lives into a liberty and justice for all. Our humanity needs to be embodied in the parish. Our practice of reflection and rest gives us the courage to live in our culture with a powerful courage.
- It will take everything within our humanity to follow Christ
Courage is intertwined within the mystical imagination. It will take everything within our humanity to follow Christ because reflection and rest is pretty much shunned by the popular culture. It is seen as a waste of time. It does not make sense to rest when we should all be working to the point of exhaustion.
- Losing the meaning of our humanity
Becoming human is not really an issue for many of us because we are not truly aware of our disembodiment in everyday life. We have truly lost the meaning of our humanity. We have become a people who have very little time for reflection and rest.
- Becoming human like Christ
We have cultivated a Christianity without an interior life of reflection and rest. Our sanity is gone with our humanity. Our courage could help us in the process of becoming human, like Christ, in the place we inhabit together. To be like Christ is to become human.
- Being alive in our locality
To be like Christ is to embody courage. To be like Christ is to practice reflection and rest in our humanity. To be like Christ is to be faithfully present to our locality, to live in our locality and to love our locality. Christ was alive in his locality and we should be too.
- Loving our neighbors in the parish
Loving our neighbors in the parish is why we practice refection and rest. This is how we become human. This is how we love God in the place we inhabit together. There is no way around this.
How can we fully embrace our humanity in everyday life?