The Holy Longing; The Search for A Christian Spirituality, Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
In a timely and thought provoking book and in the language of the layperson, Rolheiser gives us hope in understanding our church.
The chapter on the current struggle with Christian Spirituality names our human energy as erotic and creative; a powerful force to be handled with great prayer and wisdom - and that the source of this energy is God.
Rolheiser realistically describes the church including the good and the bad, noting that all of these are elements of our Christian spirituality. In one of his descriptions of the church, he states that the church is like the crucifixion "Christ hung between two thieves." His explanation is worth the time it takes to read. We are presented with the internal question: are we like the "good thief", believing in a future secure in Christ, or are we like the unbelieving thief that stubbornly denies Christ, rejecting Jesus' promise of a future.
We will recognize the church that we love in this book. A church that is continuing to come into being with the sins and faults that we discover with sadness; the church we have the heart and desire to transform; yes the inclusive church - a church in which all people can experience the joy and redemption that we need for life.
Our hope is that many will enjoy the encouragement this book provides.