Mysticism and Esotericism, continued

Some wonderful commentary to my post yesterday on Mysticism and Esotericism. Consider these words from Fr. Aidan, who is speculating on why esoteric movements (like the Rosicrucians) have flourished over the years: As you suggested ... there is a “hermeneutic of suspicion” that has had both official distrust and fear from the Church against various mystics and mysticism in general ... and the fear and distrust of the common masses or even one’s fellow parishioners against people, like mysel … [Read more...]

With apologies to Nirvana…

"Here we are now, entertain us!"It may work as the refrain of a rock anthem, capturing the postmodern spirit of a generation weaned on cable TV and video games. But if this sentiment describes the future of Christian mysticism, then I need a new topic to blog about.Paul commended his readers to "Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5, New Jerusalem Bible) and for contemplatives, this means to enter into the same Godly consciousness that characterized Christ himself (never … [Read more...]


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