Sunday, May 20, 2012
Always We Begin Again
On May 1, 2011, while emotional cataclysm was excruciatingly fresh and raw, I wrote the following:
I have neglected this blog. Let's try again. Just began reading Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill, a reward for having turned in my Spiritual Formation Immersion Experience spiritual autobiography. Ten pages of soul-searching, and now I plunge into Ms. Underhill's classic work that revived interest in and helped define that somewhat scary word "mysticism."
My first note on it comes from the introduction to the 12th edition: "the distinctness of the Spiritual Order." The truth expressed in spirituality is distinct and cannot be assessed by scientific methods.
Now that the year with A Year With Thomas Merton has completed its cycle, I return to Mysticism. My intention is to journal its reading, and to select quotations to highlight. I have enjoyed choosing photos to go with the Merton readings. If Mysticism lends itself to that in any way, I will do the same for it.