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Human Commitment as a Religious Experience By

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Human Commitment as a Religious Experience By: Michael Moga, S.J (The task of this essay is threefold. First it analyzes the character of human commitment to understand how it is a distinctive level of human existence. Secondly it points out the elements of commitment in the experience which may be characterized as ‘religious’. Finally it describes the nature of God as He is revealed in this experience.- This italized summary is supplied by Winifredo Nierras, Theology Teacher of Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City Philippines) It is impossible to limit the extent of the experience of God in human life. Man may experience religion when caught up in a liturgical ceremony, at moments of crisis when seized by fear and the sense of his own weakness or when deeply impressed by a realization of a moral obligation. An experience or religious depth can also be found in normal human involvement. We well call this type of involvement a ‘commitment’, an act where man has given himself to another person or to some human activity or project. Such a sphere of human life is not normally considered pious or religious and yet there is a dimension to the experience of commitment which is profoundly religious. The Nature of Commitment Commitment demands a very concrete involvement. It goes beyond mere ‘talk’ and ideas. A man may spend hours and hours speaking of his desire to serve the people or his love of humanity but until he actually serves or loves concrete people there is no possibility of commitment. To fall in love with love, to be filled with respect for the medical profession, to have compassion for the underprivileged, to be interested in science are all commendable human sentiments but they are not committed actions. Commitment demands a concrete expression. It is only when you give your future to a person in marriage, when you work as a doctor or nurse, when your actually give your life serving the underprivileged or when you spend hours in a laboratory that commitment is present. Commitment involves a response to a transcendental call. It goes beyond the satisfaction of personal needs. If a man is committed to his wife or family he is not just seeking his own satisfaction or pleasure. He may be attracted to his wife and family, they may satisfy many of his needs: for sex, for security, for comfort, for respect. But his commitment goes beyond these satisfactions and the proof of this is that even when these satisfactions are absent or frustrated the truly committed father remains true to his family. He is answering a call that is more than a personal need. In the same way commitment goes beyond the practical demands of a situation. Man needs to earn money to live and practicality demands that his job furnish whatever he and his family need. Yet the man who is committed sees more in his job than just its earning power. He may, for instance, be involved in a craft or trade in which he is dedicated to excellence. He takes pride in bringing forth a product which possesses excellence. To make a well-constructed chair, to teach a good class, to perform a successful
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