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This is an article about the Christian faith in the furture. I thought that it might be of interest.
Mystics or Not Christians
-- Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 27, 2004
I am not one to put much stokc in such things, relaly we cannot tell the shape of thigns o come with assurance, but I think Chrisanity shoudl remain as it is...
-- ZAROVE (ZAROFF3@JUNO.COM), October 27, 2004.
There is some difficulty in understanding the title MYSTICS OR NOT CHRISTIAN.
Usually people thinks of Mystics as persons who in one way or another lived separated lives, consecrated to prayer and contemplation, in many instances in monasteries, such as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa de Avila, St. Angela de Foligno, St. Francis, etc. In that sense it is almost impossible, then, to be a Christian, since most of us lead very ordinary lives: going to work every day, coming home tired in the evening or night and many times grumpy and ill-tempered. You come home and the wife complains about how tired she is from home chores and caring for the children. The only time left fot mysticism could be the weekend, ant that not completely dedicated to it. Saturday many of us practice some sport, or go fishing, or just walking; we play chess or cards with some friends or neighbors, it is the day to repair things at home, wash the car, cut the lawn .... the wife gets together with friends in some club or group, etc. etc. So, it seems that the only day left to be mystics is Sunday. And even then how do you go about it since the children want to go to a carnival, or a show, and you want to sit comfortably at home to watch the football game or base baseball o basketball.....
The only thing left for us moderns is
"And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3,17)
An this not only on Sunday, but everyday.
-- Enrique Ortiz (email@example.com), October 28, 2004.