Quote for the Day

"The Father and I are one." "Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one... But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves... As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world... I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Why want at all costs to name the mystery that is within me? Under the name of Jesus, I entered marvelously into it, and this heart of Jesus, my heart, appeared to me as the Father's bosom. Under the name of Arunachala, I next entered into it and then the sight was so great that it dazzled me; and all the names, all the forms that until then I had distinguished within it under the guidance of my previous masters vanished in this full sunlight. But when the sun has appeared, have the stars left … [Read more...]

Remain in Love

Yesterday a reader of this blog named Simon made this response to my post in which I announced that I'm writing a book on Christian mysticism: Just something that immediately springs to mind. Do we really need another book on Christian mysicism? I mean, when is it going to end? There are whole libraries full of them. How about everybody, start at the Gospel, take what Jesus said seriously and take it from there? So much of this search for mysticism is just plain navel gazing and distraction. Do … [Read more...]

I John 4:18

There is no need to be afraid. — Matthew 10:31 Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid. — Matthew 14:27 Stand up, do not be afraid. — Matthew 17:7 Do not be afraid; only have faith. — Mark 5:36 Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. — John 14:27Yes, that's Jesus talking. And when he wasn't encouraging people to be fearless, others — even his critics — were acknowledging that he himself was afraid of no one, "because human rank means nothing to you" (Mark 12:14).If there's one thing I'm attra … [Read more...]

Perfectly Perfect

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."This saying of Jesus, from the heart of his Sermon on the Mount, might possibly be the single most misunderstood verse in the Bible (although it has stiff competition from "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"). A week ago, during the annual Lay-Cistercian retreat in Conyers, Dom Francis Michael spoke on the question of "What does it mean to be a child of God?" After insisting that … [Read more...]

Matthew 14:25

Matthew 14:25 says, "In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea."Jesus, walking on the water.It occurred to me this morning that this single verse holds the key to the three basic types of faith: magical, rational, and mystical.The magical person reads Matthew 14:25 and says, "This proves that Jesus was the Son of God." The rational person reads this verse and says, "This proves that the Gospel is just a myth." The mystical person reads it and says, "This … [Read more...]


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