I’m replying to your post, from the I Have Peace thread, here.
quote: Barbara Therese [from I Have Peace
I understood and appreciated all that you wrote above.
I am blessed, in that my sister can follow my thought
easily, as can two friends of 30 and 40 years. And now I find a
new friend in Australia who can comprehend, because
she’s been there. What a joy!
My sister made me happy today, by saying that she
really does see life as a journey…we’re all on our way
back to God, and will be with my beloved sister in law
I sometimes forget that this is a pilgrimage, and occassionallly deliver a jeremiad, protesting absurdity that’s not recognized
I’ve tried many times to read the Catholic mystics,
but I get so annoyed with the imagery…castles etc,
that I’m just turned off. Maybe it’s my mindset:
"For heaven’s sake, say it clearly and with precision
…lose the imagery!"
Sigh. I’m not an apt pupil of the mystics. They
irritate me. I need a dissertation, not a poem.
You’ve said it all, Barbara Therese. Maybe it’s God’s gift
to us, who bear mental illness, to recognize the reality in
your quote, above.
You’ve referred, elsewhere, to “concepts” getting in the way.
Did I ever need to hear that! Thank you.
Hi Maureen…it does seem that we are entirely on the same wavelength…and a blessing !!! And good that we can laugh too that two crazies understand each other anyway!!!..
I too am turned somewhat off by the flowery language of our lets say 1 6th. century mystics. It can give me a literal banging in my head to try to reduce their flowery concepts to modern day thought. They lived in times where such language and descriptive terms were common…times have changed.
I guess this is why I have found so much in Thomas Merton…for me he is the mystic who put it into our modern language. I really think they are all talking about the same phenomena, experience…our 16th. century masters of mystical theology in their language of their day more or less…Thomas Merton exac tly the same phenomena and experience only in our own modern language and concepts etc. etc. I am selective in what I read…some of Thomas Merton I reject…or I just cant get what he is getting at…other things click precisely home and I can insight better our masters of t he 16th century in mystical theology…what they were on about!
But some forms of writings appeal to some…and others to others…and fair enough.
In the lifestlye I lead, I guess one of the main reasons I am in Catholic Answers Forums is because it is an opportunity to express on my own level … my own Parish has problems with me because they know I have a mental illness. If I blink twice as it were…the parish gets nervous!!! At times I feel like wearing a sign…I DO NOT HAVE TWO HEADS ! … hence I am misunderstood (oh woe is me! ) … in the main those that visit Bethany are not Catholics and usually in some sort of need. I have really come to look upon CAF as a sort of community to which I belong. Altho all around me are my community. But perhpas in a special way CAF because I can express my opinions on Catholic related subjects and just as it tumbles as it were out of my head. Because we are all Catholics and tend to comprehend one another if not agree…and another fair enough!
Forgive the t errible typing, but my mouse and keyboard are playing up and if I force the issue the keyboard tends to lock and I have to keep rebooting.
Send my best Maureen…and especially at this very trying time … why do we love when at the same time precisely we open ourselves to equal potential to be hurt!! Some philospher or other said “To be fully human one must be prepared to be hurt”…how true! Life is so often mad, absurd…and we humans with it!!!..
Bethany Sth Aust