Creating Greater Contribution and Clarity in Our World

by Mark Votava


I have found that when I think that I have all the answers to life is when I live in blindness and cannot see clearly.  It seems God is doing a work in my life where I am learning to live with more humility and honesty around my lack of clarity.  My sense of seeing is constantly evolving over time and maybe someday I will see without my dualistic thinking.

The other day it seemed God was nudging me to greater clarity around boundaries, gratitude, balance and humor.  These seem to be some of my greatest struggles in my everyday life.  I am longing for greater clarity and less blindness within myself.  This is the longing that I hold dear to me as I seek to embody my spirituality in the local community where I live.

  • Becoming disciplined within ourselves

We could come to a place of seeing with a sense of clarity, with a sense of wisdom through a lot of practice and experimentation.  When we are disciplined within ourselves, we are constantly being shaped because discipline fosters listening.  God is always shaping us.  Our life is about constantly allowing God to shape us and define our meaning in the here and now.  The mystical imagination is always working to shape us and cause us to listen to its revelations.

  • One of our greatest hopes for the body of Christ

Practicing discipline within the mystical imagination is one of our greatest hopes for the body of Christ in everyday life.  We will become people of greater clarity when this kind of a lifestyle is cultivated.  We will experience our salvation together in everyday life through a liberation of the individualistic status quo.

  • Seeing ourselves, others and God without illusions

The mystical imagination creates longings within us that can be created by none of our clever techniques.  Our longings are connected to our clarity.  Our longings and clarity will work together to create in us an imagination for a holistic counterculture in the parish.  We need clarity to see ourselves, others and God without illusion in our local community.

  • Longing for eyes to see

As Annemarie S. Kidder notes, “We long for eyes to see ourselves, others, and our God more clearly…”

  • Possibility and beauty

Our eyes are full of light, possibility and beauty when we see with a longing for something more than what we have known.  It is hard to see ourselves, others and God clearly; but we need to have a discipline that longs for such particular eyes.  The holistic counterculture of the mystical imagination longs for eyes to see with a sense of clarity.  Everything else is secondary to this cultivation of the mystical imagination.

  • Contributing to the world

Susan Cain writes in her book Quiet, “Figure out what you are meant to contribute to the world and make sure you contribute it…”

Do you think that living a disciplined life of greater clarity is difficult or easy? What are some of your biggest challenges?