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The God Particle

Unknowing: Week 2 The God Particle Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Rick Hocker, a friend and author of the delightful allegory Four in the Garden, recently shared this reflection with me. I hope it will give you a taste of the “unknowing” experience I am trying to describe. And even for those who seek, God often… Continue Reading The God Particle

Transcendence

Unknowing: Week 2 Transcendence Tuesday, October 9, 2018 God, it seems, cannot really be known, but only related to. Or, as the mystics would assert, we know God by loving God, by trusting God, by placing our hope in God. It is a nonpossessive, nonobjectified way of knowing. It is always I-Thou and never I-It,… Continue Reading Transcendence

Knowing that We Don’t Know

Unknowing: Week 2 Knowing that We Don’t Know Monday, October 8, 2018 I encourage you, then, to make experience, not knowledge, your aim. Knowledge often leads to arrogance, but this humble feeling never lies to you. —Anonymous, Book of Privy Counsel [1] In meditation, we move beyond doctrines and dogmas to inner experience. When we move… Continue Reading Knowing that We Don’t Know

Dying by Brightness

Unknowing: Week 2 Dying by Brightness Sunday, October 7, 2018 I die by brightness and the Holy Spirit. —Thomas Merton (1915-1968) [1] For most of us, growth is a long process of being drawn “by brightness and the Holy Spirit,” as Merton says. I interpret this brightness as being overwhelmed and undone by Immense Mystery… Continue Reading Dying by Brightness

Unknowing: Week 1 Summary

Unknowing: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, September 30-Friday, October 5, 2018 When we speak of God and things transcendent, all we can do is use metaphors, approximations, and pointers. No language is adequate to describe the Holy. (Sunday) The Bible, in its entirety, finds a balance between knowing and not-knowing, between using particular and carefully chosen… Continue Reading Unknowing: Week 1 Summary

Prayer Beyond Words

Unknowing: Week 1 Prayer Beyond Words Friday, October 5, 2018 The two paths of knowing and not-knowing are primarily taught through prayer itself! No wonder all spiritual teachers emphasize prayer so much. In Jesus’ teaching and example, we may first notice the prayer of words in the Our Father and his encouragement to “ask” and… Continue Reading Prayer Beyond Words

Listening and Learning

Unknowing: Week 1 Listening and Learning Thursday, October 4, 2018 Feast of Francis of Assisi Human history is in a time of great flux, of great cultural and spiritual change. The psyche doesn’t know what to do with so much information. I am told that if you take all of the information that human beings… Continue Reading Listening and Learning

Ascent and Descent

Unknowing: Week 1 Ascent and Descent Wednesday, October 3, 2018 When it says, “He went up,” it must mean that he first went down to the deepest levels of the earth . . . to fill all things. —Ephesians 4:9-10 Philosophies and religions are either Ascenders, pointing us upward (toward the One, the Eternal, and… Continue Reading Ascent and Descent

Darkness and Light

Unknowing: Week 1 Darkness and Light Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one. —Psalm 139:12 Perhaps the most universal way to name the two spiritual traditions of knowing and not-knowing is light and darkness. The formal theological terms are kataphatic… Continue Reading Darkness and Light

Recovering Our Balance

Unknowing: Week 1 Recovering Our Balance Monday, October 1, 2018 Can you find out the depths of God? Or find out the perfection of the Almighty? It is higher than the heavens; so what can you do? It is deeper than Sheol; so what can you know?  It is longer than the earth and broader… Continue Reading Recovering Our Balance

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