How can we recover the beauty and mysticism which are part and parcel, of our Catholic faith in these times when so many people have been disillusioned, hurt, abused by our Church and don’t even want to hear the name of God? Of course, we all know that there are many who long for different ways of celebrating the mystery of God’s love.
Where do we turn when we hear a deep call within for transformation and to new ways of expression? That question concerns me greatly – a recent message from Pope Francis encouraged me – he suggests a more feminine, integrated, tender way of revealing God’s love. Not for me was my immediate response I’m doing that – that’s for the prophets! But it is for me!
We all have the gift to deepen our appreciation of the abiding presence of God’s love and thereby experience His presence in our relationships everywhere – so that Love becomes more intense, more personal and more universal.
The mystics are my guide. They invite us to move beyond tired words and dualistic thinking, so that the love in our hearts will become “catching” in our time and become the music of the Divine everywhere, as Joyce Rupp says.
The poet Rabinadrath Tagore’s message to us speaks to my heart:
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and when the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.