Mystic Word


June 07, 2017

Pentecost 2017

Throughout the Easter season we have been walking with a mystic guide, namely the medieval German Dominican Meister Eckhart.  He did not exist in a vacuum nor did he become one of the greatest mystics...


June 07, 2017

Don’t Worry

We worry about a lot of things.  Jesus mentions three: food, drink, and clothing.  But we tend to get anxious over more than these things.  I remember when both my daughters were first born.  I...


June 07, 2017

Turn the Other Cheek

If we claim to be followers of Jesus, then there can be no compromising the teachings he gives us today on nonresistance, turning the other cheek, and loving one’s enemies.  Jesus is very aware of...


March 24, 2017

The Man Born Blind

A spiritual awakening occurs when we see reality as it is, present and aware in the now.  The contemporary spiritual teacher, Francis Dale Bennett, describes his own spiritual awakening: “At one point, right in the...


March 24, 2017

Samaritan Woman

Abba Poemen said to Abba Joseph, “Tell me how to become a monk.”  He said, “If you want to find rest here below, and hereafter, in all circumstances say, ‘Who am I?’  And do not...


March 24, 2017

Transfiguration

In a retreat called, “The Rediscovery of Life,” Anthony De Mello relates the following story: “There was a lion that grew up in a flock of sheep and so he had no consciousness that he...


March 24, 2017

Temptations in the Desert

Who am I?  This is likely one of the most profound religious questions we can ask.  The other is, Who is God?  These two questions are linked.  They are two sides of the same coin....


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