Religious Communities Meeting a “Profound Need of the Human Soul”

By Maurice Lange, Director, Lebh Shomea House of Prayer There are extensive properties owned by religious communities that are still in a relatively undisturbed state, where wildlife is often abundant, where human predation is limited, where the primordial impress of the divine can still be felt, and where a sense of the sacred is available. Preservation of such lands is one of the great urgencies of the moment. There is profound need of the human soul for contact with natural processes. These regions where wildflowers grow and where birds nest have become infinitely valuable as places more needed than ever by the human spirit. Such regions might be thought of as shrines where the pristine impress of the divine can still be experienced To lose these lands to development would be an irreparable loss. –Thomas Berry in “The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth” I hope you were able to spend some time contemplating the preceding short paragraphs concerning properties owned by religious communities from the writings of Thomas Berry. It would be helpful if you could again read his words just now… Which of his phrases stood out for you? Do any particular lands come to mind? … Continue reading Religious Communities Meeting a “Profound Need of the Human Soul”