Thursday, March 29, 2007

Human Longing and Christ

Why do people follow bad leaders? One of my fellow professors here at Regent University once told me that in the absence of good leaders that people would follow any form of leadership. I wonder if this does not relate to the deep existential desire that people have for Ultimate Truth and Love. Ronald Rohlheiser points to this human longing in his normal erudite manner: "Whatever the expression, everyone is ultimately talking about the same thing – an unquenchable fire, a restlessness, a longing, a disquiet, a hunger, a loneliness, a gnawing nostalgia, a wildness that cannot be tamed, a congenital, all-embracing ache that lies at the center of human experience and the ultimate force that drives everything else…”
Authentic Christian Leadership points to Christ as the answer to our human longing for meaning. Claire of Assisi in her letters to Agnes of Prague offers this advice in finding fulfillment in life: “Place your mind in the mirror of eternity; place your soul in the splendor of glory; place your heart in the figure of the divine substance; and, through contemplation of Him, transform your entire being into the image of the Divine One Himself, so that you, yourself, may also experience what his friends experience when they taste the hidden sweetness that God alone has kept from the beginning for those who love Him.”