I see now that at the heart of my spiritual journey has been the desire to learn how to be, to learn how to live in the present, and to be present. And in doing so, I have discovered that the contact with the Divine for which we all yearn is not “up” or “out there” but right here. When we are consciously “present to the present” we discover the Divine at every turn. In learning to pay attention to the present, in learning to listen, we begin to hear what the Divine has to say about life, about what is needed, and about ourselves.
So far as I can see, the next road that I will take on this journey will be my move to the Big Island in June of 2019. And the question is: “Why? Why Hawaiʻi? Why the Big Island?” In Hawaiʻi I have discovered an entire culture which, like a monastery, has spiritual values at its center which have formed its customs and mindset. My move to the Big Island is so that I might be of some minor help to our missions there in Kona, St. Juvenaly Mission and in Hilo, Holy Ascension Church.
And, strangely enough, I view moving to Hawaiʻi as entering my third monastery, the monastery of Hawaiʻi, and embracing its disciplines and customs with the hope of allowing them to help me grow further even while I try to be of help to others. It is my fervent prayer that the fruit of my spiritual journey will ripen in Hawaiʻi’s spiritual soil.