The Divine Conspiracy
…All the natural relationships of life–to family, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and even to those in the political and artistic and intellectual realms–are very good in themselves, when taken rightly. They too are essential to life together in the kingdom. There is no human spirituality apart from those relationships. We must seek our spirituality in them.
Purely “spiritual” relationships with others, would, therefore, be dangerous at best, for they are inherently false to the human condition. That condition is one of labor, glory, dust, and death. It is one of constant incongruity between human dreams and dignity, on the one hand, and human realities, on the other. We are incarnate and finite beings, trailing clouds of overaspiration and ragged incompleteness. When our “spirituality” disconnects from the natural contexts and relationships that are always there nevertheless, one of the chief signs of what is happening is that we lose our ability to laugh.