January 15, 2017

I am angry.  Very angry. Well, at least I was. I came to a boil when I read the words that generally said in an article on deliverance that fighting Satan is no harder than taking out the garbage. That it’s merely something you might not want to do, but it’s your responsibility, so go for it. Oh, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Because you know, Jesus something or other. The man who was nailed to a cross to bleed to death because of evil has your back. You know. So forget about it. On the evening of the day that I read this – I won’t stoop to calling it nonsense – I heard the same statement made in a lecture. It must be in the air. Nothing frightening about Satan.  Oh, no.  He’s a peach.  A [...]

WISDOM: Vision by Joan Chittister

December 20, 2015

From Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light Abba Zacharias had a vision.  He told his spiritual father, Carion the ascetic, about it.  Exasperated, Carion beat him and told him the vision came from demons.  Zacharias went to Abba Poemen to tell him about it.  Seeing his sincerity, Abba Poemen sent him on to a monk who was a mystic.  This monk knew all about the vision before Zacharias even told him and said it was indeed from God.  Then the mystic instructed him, “Now go back and submit yourself to your father.” T   he desert monastics are very clear: Vision is one thing; visions are another.  Visions are psychological phenomena that, in the end, may have nothing whatsoever to do with the way a [...]

MYSTICISM: Vision 8 — The Mountain by Hadewijch of Antwerp

September 12, 2013

I saw a great mountain, which was high and broad and of unspeakably beautiful form.  Five ways went steeply upward to the mountain; they all led to the highest seat of the noble mountain, which was there on high.  But they went high, and higher, and still higher, and to the highest, so that the summit itself was the highest of all and the highest Being himself.  And I was taken up and carried upward to the mountain.  There I saw a Countenance of eternal fruition, in which all the ways terminate, and in which all those who have followed the ways to the end become one.    Someone who carried me upward showed himself to me, and when I was on high he said to me: “Behold how I am the champion and basal of this true Countenance, which [...]