William Wilson, affectionately and reverently known in New Canaan Society circles as “Father William”, boldly and humbly shares what he calls “the Gospel of the Person”.
Father William briefly describes a childhood that left him feeling unworthy of God’s love and set him on a journey seeking God for the wrong reasons–to earn God’s love through performance and good works. He explains that decades as a Trappist monk. including years as a hermit monk, revealed to him that God’s love has nothing to do with our behavior. He reminds us that each of us is God’s only one, and Jesus would have died just for us.
Wilson explains how each person is created to know Jesus in a unique way with the capacity to present God to others in a way no other person can, but the world is built on hierarchies of appearance and performance that teach us to compare ourselves to others rather than discover and appreciate our and their uniqueness.
He calls us to announce the “the Gospel of the person” by discovering the Godlikeness of each person that is unique from every other person and helping people understand their unique awesomeness in God’s eyes. Wilson proclaims that we can’t know the mystery of God until we understand the unique expression of God in each person.
Father William explains how we were created as a vessel to receive God’s love and will become more loving the more we realize how beloved we are. He then offers a way to move more deeply into God’s personal love for us by asking God to draw us to His Son on the cross, because becoming aware of Christ crucified is the vehicle of divine revelation.
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