Tuesday, August 17, 2010
A picture of a perfect morning on the Lake. Indeed, the last three days could not have been better. Sitting on the deck looking at this perfection at one point took me out of myself into direct contact with God.
I later thought again of Karl Rahner's notion of "everyday mystic." All people are able to experience God and become mystics. This direct encounter with God is not reserved for an elite few but can be experienced by anyone, even if they do not have a name for What or Whom they are experiencing. He seems to say that that is just the way we are built, the way our mind and heart work. This makes us open and receptive to God's always giving Godself to us without making us earn the gift. This direct encounter is a mystical experience.
It is in this sense the Rahner can say, "The devout of tommorrow will be a mystic, someone who has experienced something, or they will be nothing at all."