Is God a compassionate being

It's nice how you entrust me with the topic of your life. Verses by Nelly Sachs come to mind: "Everything begins with longing, / there is always room in the heart for more, / for more beautiful things, for bigger things ...". I strongly encourage you to stay in this longing and let it guide you, even if you cannot find a quick answer. There is also sense in being on the move - as the poem asks in the last lines: "So let our longing begin with / to look for you / and let it end with / having found you."

I'm sure you're right. There are so many who can no longer do anything with the traditional heavenly being. It is part of the richness of Christianity that it has also developed completely different ideas about God. It is certainly no coincidence that the symbols of mysticism appeal to so many people today.

I am thinking, for example, of Hildegard von Bingen, the great teacher of the High Middle Ages. She paints a very close picture: "God breathes in everything that lives." An image that invites us to be mindful and to be valued. That makes us sensitive and appreciative of all living things. In our fellow human beings, in all living beings, in plants and animals, in everything. Also in ourselves. Hence the request "Breathe in me, God."

God breathes in everything that lives. An image that gets by without any power dimension. It lets us be fraternal, caring, compassionate. As it is said in a hymn from our day: "You are little lonely, but together we can be advocates of the living." Be God's advocate. Breathe in me, God.

In conclusion: Immediately before I opened your letter, I had read the Bible word for the day in my password booklet: "Those who seek God, their hearts will live ..." (Psalm 69, 33). I wish you very much that you will experience the search for God not only as arduous, but also as warming and invigorating your heart.