A Mystic Recognizes God in This and Every Moment

“A mystic—like Merton, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, John Duns Scotus, and many others—is one who recognizes God’s image and likeness in this human being, in this creature, in this moment, and from that encounter with the sacred comes to see God everywhere and always. The mystic cannot help but love and have compassion for what is right in front of them. God’s indwelling presence—in every created thing—is inherent and cannot be earned or destroyed.

In her book, Scotus for Dunces, Mary Beth Ingham writes:
Haecceitas points to the ineffable within each being. . . . According to Scotus, the created order is not best understood as a transparent medium through which divine light [from the outside] shines (as Aquinas taught), but is itself endowed with an inner light that shines forth from within. [This is like the] difference between a window (Aquinas) and a lamp (Scotus). Both give light, but the source of light for Scotus has already been given to the being by the creator. Each being . . . possesses an immanent dignity; it is already gifted by the loving Creator with a sanctity beyond our ability to understand. . . .
Once we recognize the value of nature, of others, and of ourselves, we are called to act in imago Christi, as images of Christ who embodied divine love.”


From Richard Rohr Daily Message of March 23, 2018 and Mary Beth Ingham, Scotus for Dunces: An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor (The Franciscan Institute: 2003), 53, 54-55, 66.

Beyond Friendly

In our lives with Christ, we are called to go Beyond Friendly.  Having a friendly connection with Jesus will not serve us – or the world – well.  Instead, we should seek a deeply intimate relationship with Him.  Going deeply into our relationship with Jesus as a close and trusted companion offers us a depth and breath to our lives that we so sorely need.  Building habits of prayer and reflection that occur daily and through our day is the key to going Beyond Friendly.  Deep intimacy and presence with Jesus Christ offers us a glimpse into our eternal life here now on earth.  With it we can find joy that only He can give us!

Mystics seek detachment from their selfish needs

Mystics are known for their ability to detach from their own needs so as to focus on their actions of love toward other people and the natural world.  Love is the outcome and focus of mystics.  But, in order to love more completely, they seek to detach themselves from their wants and needs.  If they are constantly serving themselves, how could they fully  love “the other”?  They couldn’t!  The great mystics of the world are known for just how profoundly they sacrifice their own needs – and even wellbeing – in order to be fully present and engaged in their specific mission to love others.  Mystics are not only present in this moment and love in this moment.  They most be oriented to grow greater in their love and more committed to outcomes reflecting such ever greater love.  To do so, they must detach from their endless self needs.