“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5.NKJV)
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside [and inside] world.” (Message)
“…if you commit to really struggling with the text [in all its forms], it’s always much more exiting, but could also challenge you way of seeing the Bible and yourself… God always and forever comes as one who is totally hidden and yet perfectly revealed in the same moment or event. It is never forced on you, and you do not have to see it if you don’t want to. What I will call ‘non-dual thinking’ has the greatest chance of seeing the epiphany.” Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, Richard Rohr.
“What is this awesome mystery that is taking place within me?
I can find no words to express it;
my poor hand is unable to capture it
in describing the praise and glory that belong to the One who is above all praise,
and who transcends every word…
My intellect sees what has happened,
but it cannot explain it.
It can see, and wishes to explain,
but can find no word that will suffice;
for what it sees is invisible and entirely formless,
simple, completely uncompounded,
unbounded in its awesome greatness.
What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one,
received not in essense but by participation.
Just as if you lit a flame from a flame,
it is the whole flame you receive.”
St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)
“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it…” (1 John 2.21 NKJV)
We speak and act not to so much to inform or make present but to facilitate deliberate participation. We co-operate in the awakening of others to the awareness of pre-existent presence of the movement of The Truth, within and without their life (a non-extinguishable yearning first and last). We invite them to enter into “the change of life.” We invite them to know in the true sense, so they can, yet more can consciously and agree-ably, journey with us and we with them on the saving Life-Giving Way – Christ Jesus. Behold and embrace that you are beheld and embraced by the God/Man not a/the principle. Repent of what is not true, what is not life, and the way that is death. In other words, accept your acceptance, choose your belonging. Become who you already are in the heart and eyes of God.
[Bracket additions are mine – Fr. T]