“Woman, why are you weeping?” the Risen Lord asks Mary Magdalene. I hope you enjoy this Easter video meditation on John 20:11-18!
Beatitudes meaning and structure makes use of extraordinary geometry that can provide students and seekers with additional insight. Matthew’s Beatitudes and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain contain some of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament. When we diagram the pattern of Yeshua’s words and phrases, however, the Beatitudes reveal even more information. We are blessed to glimpse the pure genius of Christ, and the mind of the Son of God.
What is a Christian Mystic? “Mysticism” is a much abused word. The practice itself is likened to New Age spoon-bending and mind-reading on the one hand, or arrant superstition on the other. In the Christian tradition, however, mysticism is a direct, ecstatic, and noetic experience of God. Fr. Kerry offers us a brief overview of these three characteristics, and distinguishes between apophatic and cataphatic mysticism. Last Fr. Kerry provides some advice on how to view reports of Christian mystical experiences.
Another “Holy Spirit Moment” from Fr. Kerry Walters!
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These orb photos at Shrine of St. Thérèse, captured unawares, are just as silent and unusual as the little shrine itself. Such is the nature of spirit – God’s greatest gifts are not always so obvious. Set in Juneau, Alaska, cloaked within a rain forest enclave on a tiny island paradise, the shrine’s rustic beach-stone chapel is invisible to the casual passerby. But few people pass by here, beyond the outskirts of town.
Back in 2008, on the last day of the Alaskan tourist season, we were probably the only non-Juneaites within 30 miles. Despite a deeply mystical air that surrounded the lovely garden paradise, visions of orbs (or ghosts) had not come to mind.
Diagram: Genesis 1 Creation Model
Based on the ancient texts, this drawing evokes the image of a mother’s womb. In the Genesis 1 creation model, the mothering spirit of God bears the “child.” Similar to the state of an unborn infant, a layer of fresh water surrounds creation. Via rainwater and springs the Holy Spirit (Hebrew: Rúakh HaKodesh, feminine gender) nourishes the physical world. More telling is that God’s creation seems to contain both darkness and light.
Drawing by Andrew Michael