Quote for the Day

Seek peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one can ever see the Lord. Be careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble; this can poison a large number. … What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing fire, or gloom or total darkness, or a storm; or trumpet-blast or the sound of a voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them.

— Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-19, New Jerusalem Bible

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Peter

    A nice apophatic-friendly rendering of these verses: all these spiritual phenomena (the fire, gloom/darkness, storm, trumpet blast, forbidding voice) have crossed my path in first- or second-hand perceptions; all of these separately or together do not approach the Oneness that is inside and outside of all of them, that is the God of grace that we have come to…

    Blessings to all,