Believe in = Embrace the Mystery of

I spoke with a friend recently about the concept of belief. We talked about the challenges of believing in the postmodern world. Joni Mitchell sums it up nicely in her song "The Same Situation": Still I sent up my prayer Wondering where it had to go With heaven full of astronauts And the Lord on death row... Much of the contemporary difficulty, I think, comes from the fact that belief has, culturally speaking, come to imply a sort of suppression of rational or cognitive doubt: "I believe in … [Read more...]

Mystics and Contemplatives

The ever-perceptive Phil Foster asks in a recent comment on this blog: Is there a difference between a mystic and a contemplative type? I’m certainly the latter but not the former. Phil, I think your second sentence in this quotation goes a long way toward answering the question. A "mystic" as I see it, is one who has been ushered into the mysteries — and it is God who does the ushering. So, while on one level we are all mystics (as William McNamara puts it in his book Earthy Mysticism, "A mys … [Read more...]