“The spiritual life, in other words, is not achieved by denying one part of life for the sake of another. The spiritual life is achieved only by listening to all of life and learning to respond to each of its dimensions wholly and with integrity.”
― Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
Can you see how fear denies us the intimacy with God that God desires, that the inner recesses of our hearts long for? Fear’s selective hearing strives to make us deaf to the parts of life we need to listen to the most, the parts where we hear the voice of God; in the cries of the stranger, the marginalized, and the powerless; in the cries of our own brokenness and uncertainties.