Our Inconceivable God

“We are all searching, and ultimately—whether we know it or no—we are searching for God. Ultimately, we are searching for the Ultimate, and the Ultimate is God. It is not easy, searching for God. The fact is that we do not really know what we’re looking for or who we’re looking for. Almost a thousand years ago, St. Anselm of Canterbury said, ‘God is that greater than which cannot be thought.’

“Think about it. We can stretch our minds as high and deep and far as our minds can stretch, and at the point of the highest, deepest, farthest stretch of our minds, we have not â€˜thought’ God. There is always a thought beyond what we are able to think. ‘God is that greater than which cannot be thought.’

“God is, quite literally, inconceivable. And that is why God was conceived as a human being in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Because we cannot, even in thought, rise up to God, God stooped down to us in Jesus, who is ‘Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God with us.’”

Richard John Neuhaus
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  1. I love your posts,but mostly I just wanted to say that I just finished your book about the examen.I really admired the honest style it was written in.I hope to make a daily examen in the new year and not just a weekly or monthly one.Keep writing. Thanks,happy new year

  2. I will always be a seeker. The idea of God is too big to contain in one space. You have to keep looking. Sometimes you get this little burst of light or a lovely calmness that comes over you. I think that is God.

  3. I try not to think about God any more. As to why God does this or that, allows or disallows, intervenes at unexpected moments. All too much for my imagination. Rather, I find it best to simply open up to allowing the Spirit to move within me, however that may be. Through prayer and meditation, reading of sacred scripture, interacting with others – an infusion rather than an imagining. Otherwise God is too mind boggling for my little brain.


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