Climbing the Mystical Ladder

Only God knows who I am, originally, essentially. The Good News is God wants to tell me who I am, and what I can be. Right now, God is busy trying to teach me how to listen. Truly listen.

Asceticism plays a part in the spiritual life just as discomfort plays a part in the natural life. We do what we need to do in order to fight cold and heat; so also, we need to fight sin and weakness. But compulsive asceticism is of no use. At the very least, asceticism can be an effective self-management tool. And God knows I can use a tool like that. When asceticism and mysticism wed, the saints tell us they give birth to a luminous creation…as long as both are hidden with Christ in God. Some degree of mysticism is within the reach of everyone, and all Christians should aspire to climb as high as they can on the mystical ladder.

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1 Response to “Climbing the Mystical Ladder”


  1. 1 deborahahahn October 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Very well written. Thank you.


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