Posted by: Mark Nielsen | March 17, 2016

What St. Patrick and Old Jews Have in Common

  

On mysticism & Kabbalah, from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner: 
“A mystic is anyone who has the gnawing suspicion that the *apparent* discord, brokenness, contradictions, and discontinuities that assault us everyday might conceal a hidden unity.” 

Me: 

Faith wouldn’t be the energizing, hope-producing gift it is. if we were just looking to be certain about essential Being, like we are certain that a fire will burn us when we touch it.

Look for what’s BEHIND what you see today. That way of interpreting our everyday lives, appreciating the lovely weed pushing up thru a sidewalk crack… This too is a kind of prayer. The most Celtic kind of prayer, in fact.

“Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.” ― Thomas Merton

St. Patrick, an ex-slave, went back to where he had been a captive, to minister Jesus’ radical love message to those people, of all people. Now that’s a ballsy Irishman for ya! 


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