Archive for August, 2014

Rahner – “The Christian of the future will be a mystic…”

Karl Rahner, (March 5, 1904 – March 30, 1984), was a German Jesuit priest and theologian who is considered one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

 

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Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ

 

 

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic, or he will not exist at all.” (Theological Investigations XX, 149).

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Gregory of Nyssa – “… only wonder grasps anything”

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Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – c. 395) – one of the great Cappadocian Fathers

 

 

“Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything.”   ~  Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses    

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Rohr: “Thou Art That”

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Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Christian mystic and contemplative.

“Theologically it is not correct for Christians to simply call Jesus “God” or to simply call him ” a man”.  He is manifesting a third something, not God, not human, but the combination of the two! And his existence says to all of us: THOU ART THAT!  YOU also manifest the same eternal mystery, each in your own way!  “Follow me!”  We did ourselves and Jesus no favor by simply calling him “God”.  We missed the very point that could have and could still transform the world.  We made the Christ Mystery into a competitive religion instead of an icon of transformation for everybody.  We made Jesus into an “exclusive” incarnation instead of an inclusive Savior.  He came to take us along with him, not to just say “look at me”.  The paradox was so big, so central, and so stunning that our ordinary dualistic minds could not comprehend it.  Only the “non dual” saints and mystics could process it and experience it.  But now YOU can too: Thou Art That!”  ~ Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

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