Mysticism - A Quiet Movement of the Heart
by Father John Murray, CssR
Mysticism is about Oneness (1) with
God or Divinization. Mystics are the Great Giants of
the Spiritual Life who have a Profound Desire of Unity (1) with
God. The Mystical Soul
Surrenders to God, Transcending our
Sensate World. They Advance-into Saint John of the Cross'
Darkness, where they Experience God not by Words or Idea, but in
Bilocation, Visions, Ecstasies and Levitations are not the Heart of the
Mystical Experience. One of the Great Mystics of the 19th
Century, Saint Therese of Lisieux, experienced no such Extraordinary Mystical
Phenomena. An Over-concern with these Spectacles may Receive the same Warning that
Jesus spoke in John 4:48: "Unless you People see Signs and Wonders, you will not Believe".
Some Writers may Describe the Mystical Way of Union with God in
Amazing Detail. Don't get Trapped in the Details of the Different Stages and their Technical Signs of
Spiritual Development. The Mystical Way is, Above-all, a
Mystery, and the Path is as different as each Individual,
Uniquely made in Godís Image.
Karl Rahner, the most Important Catholic Theologian of the 20th Century,
spoke of "Everyday Mysticism". We all want further Knowledge of
God, but in Everyday Life we don't often Reflect-on our Experiences-of
God. Then an Intense Experience of God allows us to Experience
God more Clearly.
Of course, although God Calls us all to Mystical Union, most of
us will never Achieve it on this Side of the Grave. Still, the Paschal
Mystery is what Christian Spirituality is all about. We Die-to
Self and Come-to New Life in Christ, not Once, but
Continually. The End of that Process is our Mystical Union with God.
(The Mystical Body of Christ aka the Communion of Saints,
the Bride of Christ, the Church)
(Pope Pius XII - Mystici Corporis Christi - On the Mystical Body of Christ -
29 June 1943}
(Writings of the Great German Mystics of the Thirteenth Century,
still in Publication today)