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“Sadly, history is replete with incorrect sorts of communal gatheredness: men and women gathered round all also human idols and ideologies. Consider of the Nazi state, the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, apartheid, the violence of ISIS, the mistreatment of Palestinians. Closer to property, feel of society and economics organized about slavery. Consider of the displacement of Native American peoples and destruction of their cultures. Consider of the continuing institutionally supported discrimination against blacks and men and women of colour, which the Civil Rights Movement started to address in the 1960s. Consider of the present vilification and mistreatment of refugees and immigrants. Can human communities be definitely gathered without having getting gathered rightly to the Holy Mystery in which they and all points abide? It appears we can even use the Holy Mystery to legitimize the mistreatment of other people.

“I have attempted to portray this Mystery experientially, that is, from the side of the human topic undergoing it. The faith-engendered notions of theology – creation, grace, and Christology – have experiential correlates. The experiential correlate of the notion of creation is the lived sense that we are provided to ourselves out of a Mystery that each transcends us and is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Spirituality as moving with the life of God moving inside us, then, lies in practicing a meditative-reflective recovery of this sense and gratefully entrusting oneself to the Mystery in which all points abide. A sensible ethics of respect and care flows out of such a sense. But for Christian faith this expertise is permeated by the additional present of grace of God’s self-communication.

“The experiential correlate of the notion of grace is the sense that we are created by Enjoy for adore. The present of creation is so that the grace of adore and communion can be. In the face of all the brokenness, discomfort, and suffering of our globe, adore is what we are right here for and is our ultimate beatitude. It breaks out in surprising and transformative techniques, as when the hated enemy, the Samaritan, rescues the Jew, left for dead by his personal. Or when the neighborhood whose young children had been cruelly taken by bullets actions forth to supply the gunman forgiveness. What comes to the surface in such acts of loving-kindness is the contact of Enjoy, which, like a hidden undertow, accompanies all creation. It is, as Joseph Donders writes in Jesus the Stranger, ‘like a seed, currently place in the soil it is like yeast functioning in the dough it is like the ferment that tends to make the beer bubble it is like the treasure hidden in the field.”


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