Matthew 13:11

Again and again I am struck by how much confusion there is about the meaning of mysticism, and the nature of Christian mysticism. To try to explain Christian mysticism as simply and clearly as possible, I'd like to consider a word found in Matthew 13:11, which I present here in several different English translations: Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted." (New American Standard Version)He answered a … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Once we empty ourselves of our certainties, we open ourselves to the mystery. We expose ourselves to the God in whom “we live and move and have our being.” We bare ourselves to the possibility that God is seeking us in places and people and things we thought were outside the pale of the God of our spiritual childhood. Then life changes color, changes tone, changes purpose. We begin to live more fully, not just in touch with earth, but with the eternal sound of the universe as well. — Joan Chitt … [Read more...]


Recently I received this sobering comment from a woman named Karen, posted to the Mystics page of this website: God abandoned me, killed my brother, father and mother and left me with no family God hurts people and could choose to help but doesn’t It is hard to understand why he makes some people suffer so and gives so much to others, not very charitable Karen, while there are many details of your situation that I do not know, it seems clear to me that you are dealing with profound suffering. F … [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...]