Sunday, May 10, 2015

PARADOX

Eleanor,
Happy Spring!
May, 2015

I am reading a book by Carl McColman, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and in one chapter he talks about PARDOX.

Here’s an example of Paradox;
“Think without thinking”
Francisco De Osuna

The author of the book says this:
“Paradox is not always warmly received by those who want their faith to be watertight and easy to control. If you invested your heart and soul in the idea that God makes everything neat and tidy and your job is simply to obey the rules, then you will have no room for paradoxical statements in your spirituality. After all, if the goal is an unassailable faith, then seemingly contradictory truths must be eliminated.

But for those who regard faith as a relationship rather than a belief system, paradox is not nearly so threatening. When faith is large enough to encompass unknowing rather than mere certitude, paradox can be a source of joy and wonder rather than fear or doubt. A spiritual paradox may provide evidence that God is bigger than our limited human capacity for reason and logic…”

In closing Eleanor,

“You cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.”
Exodus 33:20
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

Enjoy your paradoxes Eleanor!

Love,
Papa

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