I sometimes wonder what drives a person to become a monk or a cloistered nun–people who decide to separate themselves physically from contact with others and spend their life in solitude and prayer.
I presume that it’s the desire to know God better, to experience God more intensely, without the usual distractions of everyday life, to “pray at all times,” as St. Paul advises us.
This drive to know God is in all of us, and it’s more than simple curiosity. We have an inbuilt drive to seek and find God. Perhaps we don’t recognize it as such. Any drive to find beauty, meaning, truth, a well-lived life, a compassionate life is at base a drive to find and experience the all-embracing love of Christ and to share that love with others.
It’s in this context that I think of my photography. I’m not usually thinking of God when I am out photographing, but the attraction to seek order and pattern and beauty and to share that with others is in effect a search for the Spirit which is in all creation–if only we have the eyes to see.
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)