The following extract comes from yesterdays reflection by Richard Rohr … contentious much?
‘On a first level I see mystical moments as moments of enlargement. Suddenly we’re bigger. We don’t feel a need to condemn, exclude, divide or separate. Secondarily, mysticism is a deep experience of connectedness or union.
Unfortunately, most of us were sent on private paths of perfection which none of us could achieve. The path of union is different than the path of perfection. Perfection gives the impression that by effort or more knowing I can achieve wholeness separate from God, from anyone else, or from connection to the whole. It appeals to our individualism and our ego. It’s amazing how much of Christian history sent us on a self-defeating course toward private perfection. As a result, many people just gave up—even many clergy and religious—when they saw it never worked. They ended up practical agnostics or practical atheists. They keep up the form, keep up the words, they keep going to church, but there is no longer the inner desire and expectation that is possible with the path of union. Mysticism does not defeat the soul; moralism does.‘ (R Rohr)
Is it the church’s job to be the moral watchdog? – Mmm – going to have to ponder on that…
‘God is too unconscious to be moral. Morality presupposes consciousness. God is total justice & its total opposite – Carl Jung in ‘Answer to Job’