Mystic Monday: What is This Wondrous Mystery?

What is this wondrous mystery
unfolding within me?
I have no words to name it,
for that One is above all praise,
transcends all words,
my reason sees what happens,
wishes to explain,
yet can find no words to tell you.
What it sees is invisible,
simple, pure,
unbounded in its majesty.
I have seen the totality,
received not in essence
but by participation.
As when you light a flame from a flame,
the flame you receive.
–St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022 ad)

Roger Housden, For Lovers of God Everywhere,

Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. (2009), p. 186.

[BOOK REVIEW: Mystics have long been apart of all religions, even if on the edges. This poem is but a taste of a banquet to be sampled slowly over many weeks. This book is a good introduction to Christian mystic poetry.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Mystic Monday: What is This Wondrous Mystery?

  1. Bob Siebel says:

    Nice work Father!

    Bob and Ellen Siebel (kids and grandkids too!)

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