Saturday, June 4, 2011

Let God be God

Mystics want God as God is; others want God as they imagine God to be, to paraphrase John Beevers in the introduction to his translation of Jean-Pierre de Cassaude, SJ's Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceHow often in our hubris do we forget that we are made in God's image and likeness, not the other way around. 

Probably out of fear and the need to control, folks paint God in a myriad of ways, but all too often in their own image. The Beloved simply IS, so why not simply experience God, for the Divine cannot be grasped...

True mystics dwell among us not wanting to attract attention because it's not about them. They do ordinary things--wash the dishes, mow the lawn, pick up doggy doo--the stuff of life.It is within the ordinary that God works in and through them, quietly, sometimes without them even knowing.

They shudder to be called 'holy.' They do not seek mystical experiences, knowing that various phenomena are real, but not the point, and, actually, distractions to the One Who Is, the Ancient of Days. It is their hope to be engulfed in the Holy Flame, that does not consume but transforms. 

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