Quote for the Day

Mysticism and revolution are two aspects of the same attempt to bring about radical change. No mystics can prevent themselves from becoming social critics, since in self-reflection they will discover the roots of a sick society. Similarly, no revolutionaries can avoid facing their own human condition, since in the midst of their struggle for a new world they will find that they are also fighting their own reactionary fears and false ambitions… The appearance of Jesus in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.

— Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer

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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.

  • http://www.virtualteahouse.com Beth

    This Nouwen quote once again makes non-sense out of polarities…Nouwen himself was quite a mystic, but not sure he fits in your categories?

    Cynthia Bourgeault is an amazing presence according to those who have sat with her. I hope to do so in the near future.

    Are you considering any of the modern Sophists in your all-star line up? Like Tau Malachi or Tau Elijah Ben Miriam. Once again, they’re proabably not in the same category or classification.

    Thanks, Carl–it’s engaging to watch your book be worked through here with the readers of your site.


  • http://stevewestsmusings.blogspot.com/ Steve West

    This quote enlivens a longing in me. I long for integration between (to use language of my Methodist heritage) social holiness and personal holiness. This is the very root of most of my spiritual yearnings of late – that the hand and the heart might be in unity, that abiding in Christ means drawing closer to God in rest and peace and also becoming more responsible for the transformation of God’s world. It is so tempting to get caught up in every anxiety that blows by rather than being the branches of the one true vine, centered and yet fruitful.