Thursday, December 16, 2010

Advent: the starborn soul

In the book entitled Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore cites an old concept that should be rediscovered and celebrated by Christians everywhere this Advent. "Renaissance doctors," Moore states, "said that the essence of each person originates as a star in the heavens." This is very different, Moore continues, "from the modern view that a person is what he makes himself to be." What better time to rededicate ourselves to developing and nurturing our soul, our "starborn nature," than in this season of the Star. Our individual soul is a gift from the star of our origin the star that transmits the light of God's redeeming love down onto a darkened world. Our souls are seeds sown in us by Jesus, the Morning Star. Growing that seed-soul is the responsibility each one of us takes on when we commit ourselves to Christ.