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What is a Christian Mystic?

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!


Related Article: Reclaiming My Father in Heaven
Prayer tips from a modern day Christian mystic.


Accept God’s Name

Whether or not we accept God’s Name, all of us share it. So why does it feel so awkward to say “My Father” in public?

“Every Being In The Universe” – KPAX, 2001

What does it mean to accept God’s Name? Many faiths tell us the Name is ours by birthright. Why then does it seem odd to assert direct lineage to God—and much more proper to honor our human parents?

“Because you offend those who don’t believe what you believe,”  chides the human world. I see. Isn’t everyone descended from God? By itself, belief in a creator is not a religion.  But just imagine telling someone in the grocery store what your Father in heaven said to you last night. Once in a while I do this. My hope is that when I accept God’s Name as a normal, everyday thing for myself, so might others. Someone asked us to do this a while back. He didn’t seem too concerned about offending people.

“Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
Matthew 23:9

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