The Choices We Make Determine Who We Are

Drawing by St. John of the Cross

This morning I was reading St. John of the Cross, and came across this passage.An act of virtue produces and fosters in the soul mildness, peace, comfort, light, purity, and strength, just as an inordinate appetite brings about torment, fatigue, weariness, blindness, and weakness. Through the practice of one virtue all the virtues grow, and similarly, through an increase of one vice, all the vices and their effects grow.—John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, I.10.5 from The C … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The contemplative discipline of meditation, what I will call in this book contemplative practice, doesn't acquire anything. In that sense, and an important sense, it is not a technique but a surrendering of deeply imbedded resistances that allows the sacred within gradually to reveal itself as a simple, fundamental fact. Out of this letting go there emerges what St. Paul called our "hidden self": "may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong" (Eph 3:16). … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. — II Corinthians 3:18 NRSV … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day

But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. — St. Paul (I Corinthians, 6:17, NRSV) … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Paul never conceives Christ Jesus in us in a material manner, a concrete, physical way of existing within us. He, in so many ways, leads us into the indwelling presence of Christ Jesus by maintaining always the "mystery" of God's perfect love for us and our return of that love to God in and through Christ and the Holy Spirit. If we wish to enter into Paul's mystical vision of our unity in love with the risen Lord, we must strenuously avoid any "objectification" of Christ's union within us. — G … [Read more...]

The Charter of Christian Mysticism

Mysticism's detractors often accuse it of being "un-biblical" or "extra-biblical." Mysticism cannot be an authentic element of Christian spirituality, so their reasoning goes, since it is not found in the Bible.True, the word mysticism does not occur in the Bible. But it is related to the Greek word mysterion, translated in most English versions as "mystery." If we think of mysticism as the spirituality of the Christian mystery, we are much closer to finding its scriptural … [Read more...]