July 14, 2005
Thank you for your recent letter. I, too, enjoyed our visit together. I am glad to see how you are growing up. I can understand your questioning the life that I lead. I will try to explain it to you as best I can, although it won’t be easy. It is very difficult to explain what Community life is like to one who hasn’t experienced it. I will try, so you can have a special understanding of your aunt who has consecrated herself to God.
Already you may be asking, “What does it mean to consecrate oneself to God?” There are many aspects of God, but we call God the Divine Mother. She is the mother of us all, you and me, all people everywhere, and everything else, too. She made everything and is in everything—at least that’s what we believe. The Divine Mother asked me to come to the Community and live my life here as a gift to Her. We call this “vocation” or “answering a Call.” And since she asked me, that is what I have done. That is what it means to consecrate one’s life to God.
We do practically everything that everyone else does: we laugh and celebrate, work and study, pray and meditate. Only we offer it all to the Divine Mother. It is our gift to Her and to all humanity. It is a gift that we are making to all humanity with our love and sacrifice. Have you noticed that the people who are truly happy are the ones who live to help others and have forgotten about themselves? You can imagine how happy we are, since we have made our whole life an offering. You don’t have to come to the Community to offer your life to God, you can do it anywhere. But this is what She has asked us to do.
We live a life apart from others. This is called a cloistered life, but I think it is easier to understand it if you think of it like living in a greenhouse. We have created a perfect environment for our spiritual development. Everything here is directed toward that end. This is the life that we have chosen to live, but we know that it is not for everyone. The Divine Mother loves Her wild flowers in the field and the towering sequoias as much as She loves Her hothouse tomatoes.
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