We are meant for a supernatural life PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 August 2016 15:08

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

Yes, dear, we are meant for a supernatural life, or more bluntly said, a life with God, a life immersed in God, a life in union with God where his will and ours are supposed to work in sync but in all  freedom.

No coercion involved, no undue pressure applied. Just sheer love, with all the forcefulness of freedom love generates, that makes us unite ourselves with him, as he in the first place unites himself as our

Father, Creator and Savior, with us.

The love that is supposed to be the underlying law of our life has its origin and fulfillment in God. Its best expression is when we share in the very life of God. We should avoid trivializing the true character of love meant for us, and reneging on our duty to develop a supernatural life with God.

To be sure, our life is not simply natural, ruled by reason and will alone, supported by our emotions and the whole gamut of bodily senses, organs and systems. Nor is it simply conditioned by social trends, economic and political developments, or historical and cultural factors.

It is also supernatural, not only in its goal or orientation, but even now, as in, here and now as we breathe. And that’s simply because there’s something spiritual in us. We are not purely material beings.

We are meant for a supernatural life. Our human nature, with our spiritual soul that enables us to know and to love, and therefore to enter into the lives not only of others but also and most importantly, of God, urges us to develop a supernatural life.

It’s a life with God always. It just cannot be exclusively our own life, taken personally or collectively. It’s a life that depends mainly on God who gives us the grace that purifies and elevates it to his, but it also depends on us, on our freedom to correspond to this loving will of God for us.

We have to develop a taste and even an appetite for the supernatural life with God and of things supernatural in general. In this we have to help one another, because in the end, this is our common ultimate end in life—how to live our life with God, how we can be immersed in God even as we are immersed also in the things of the world.

For this to take place, we need to learn to pray, to study the doctrine of our faith, develop virtues, live in God’s presence to such an extent that we would be able to see God in everything and to relate everything to him. In other words, that we would know how to be contemplatives even if we are immersed and dirtied by the things of this world.

We need to have recourse to the sacraments, especially that of the Holy Eucharist, because the sacraments are the ordinary channels  through which God’s grace comes to us. How wonderful if we get to understand the true significance of the sacraments which are the effective signs of Christ’s continuing presence and redemptive work among us!

In other words, we have to develop a certain unity of life that is founded on the truth that our life is supernatural, and not just natural. We have to learn how to blend prayer with action, the sacred with the mundane, the spiritual with the material, the eternal with the temporal, etc.

With the increasing pace of modern life, with its fascination for technology and values like pragmatism, etc., it’s crucial that we take a close, serious look at our responsibility to develop a proper relation with God, our piety toward him. This is most crucial because our attitude toward others and toward everything else would depend on how our relation is with God.

This is becoming an urgent necessity, since many now are the factors that tend to snuff out our sense of piety. The many concerns and pressures we meet everyday have an effective desensitizing effect on piety.

This is not to mention that especially in our very complicated times, we also meet a lot of puzzles and contradictions that erode our faith and piety in a supreme being that is supposed to be supernatural, all wise and all powerful.

To develop this supernatural life, with need to exercise our faith and piety to the full. With faith and piety, we allow God, more than our own devices, to guide us through any situation we may find ourselves in, good or bad, big or small.