Mysticism Part 6

December 21, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jerry Root writes about “Evelyn Underhill: The Path toward Spiritual Maturity” on pages  76—81 of Conversations Spring 2008 issue

Mysticism is union with God.

The recognition that our deepest longings cannot be satisfied by any created thing awakens desire for the transcendent, but this desiring is not specifically Christian.

All religions have their mystics who testify to a hunger and thirst for God

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Lewis 79

It is true that we tend to define ourselves by how we perceive that others see us. But when we look to others in the hope of making sense of ourselves, we are disappointed, for we are looking to those who are at least as insecure as we are. We can gain a proper understanding of who we are only when we grasp how God sees us, and he loves us and forgives us. Knowing his love and forgiveness allows us to look honestly at ourselves so that we might adjust our lives to reality; that is, we might mature according to the truth of God as he reveals it by his love. 80

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