Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) was a German theologian, Dominican preacher, philosopher and mystic. He taught about the four principles of understanding how we are made in the image and likeness of God. First, he says, there is a light in the soul at the core of our personality which cannot be separated from God. It is a divine essence that is at the center of our consciousness. Second, this divine essence cannot be hidden by our everyday personality. Instead, we should try to learn about our true self so that it becomes our everyday personality. Third, the discovery of our true self is life’s real and highest goal. Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a fortune, nor to pursue pleasure, nor to write our names in history, but to discover the spark of the divine that is in our soul. Fourth, when we realize this goal, we discover that the God in our souls is the same God in every person on earth. When we discover that, we discover peace. So, you may ask, how do we realize this goal? How do we find the spark of the divine that is in our soul? By being quiet…and listening to God, who speaks to your soul every day.
May you find some quiet this Lent, and may the peace of Christ be with you always ,