Quote for the Day

The great mystics are the paradigms and the amplifiers of a life of deep faith, hope, and love. They help us to hear the interior whispers and to see the faint flickers of truth and love in ourselves and others. By looking at their lives, we can frequently discover the obstacle in us to fully authentic human life. Looking into the lives of the great mystics will help to locate the compass of our hearts, to see what authentic human living is, and what our final purification, illumination, and transformation entail.

— Harvey D. Egan, S.J., What Are They Saying About Mysticism?

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  • http://www.virtualteahouse.com Beth

    Hi Carl–
    Excellent quote–thanks.
    I think that that is why more of us DON’T study and immerse ourselves in the lives of the saints…on some deep level we get that last sentence. This is not a path for weenies…and sometimes I’m such a weenie!
    Hope your holidays are warm–

  • judith collier

    It’s not really that hard once you eliminate expectations, desires,lust of life,the idea of suffering as something ungodly,illusions,importance of one’s self,selfishness,one’s time and embrace acceptance of what is. Kidding but not kidding. That dark night of the soul could do one in if it weren’t for the brethren or a great memory. But, some reward comes in this life when one can actually laugh at one’s self and not believe the world is coming to an end when something bad happens. Scary but quite a ride!


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