A blogger named SaltSister recently wrote a post called The Mystic Way in which she takes aim at the kind of person who reads a book or two on mysticism and then decides that he or she is a mystic. While in principle I totally agree with her, the tone of her post bothered me a bit, so I posted a comment asking for clarification. After all, my blog is all about the joys of reading books by and about the mystics. Her response to me included this genuine jewel:
“Studying to learn how to enter into mystical union kind of reminds me of studying how to be crucified.”
Wow. Amen, sister.
It’s wonderful to read mystical literature. And it’s vitally important to remember that doing so does not, in itself, make one a mystic. Only God makes mystics.