Creating Spiritual Community for You and Your Family
“The Greatest Commandment is: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
“No one has ever seen God: but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:12“Love your neighbor as yourself.” What a wonderful aspiration. We (Dr. Pat and Dr. Maggie) have shared with each other our personal experiences of reading this scripture for the first time as a young child and each of us deciding that it sounded like a good idea and that we would try to do that.
At that tender age we could not possibly have understood that not only is this the most central purpose of our existence, but that it may be humanity’s most difficult struggle from one-to-one interpersonal relating all the way up to international relations. For both of us our careers as psychologists have not only been an effort to promote this concept to all those we meet, but to understand how this most important and most difficult commandment is actually achieved.“God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” So, we are rewarded for lovingly connecting heart to heart and soul to soul with others by experiencing God’s love being made complete in us.Whenever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among you.”Matthew 18:20 We form spiritual communities, so that we can experience God’s complete love within ourselves through our loving connection to each other.Within this book Creating Spiritual Community for You and Your Family we share our experiences of learning how to “love our neighbors as ourselves” through a spiritual community.