Highlights from the Spiritual Life Conference (in case you missed it)

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Sep 10, 2008 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

1. Christianity is a way of seeing.

2. Great writing helps us to see clearly what we have always felt vaguely.

3. Beauty evokes the exquisite ache of nostalgia for God.

4. Contemplative spirituality is simply living wide awake.

5. The contemporary church is hobbled in its mission to the world by the absence of contemplatives and mystics in her midst.

6. The purpose of contemplation:  to unite the whole person with the Trinity.

7. The spiritual life cannot flourish without deep intellectual foundations.

8. Mystical theology is systematic theology writ large.

9. The ferocity and torrential love of the trinitarian God cannot be apprehended by concepts.

10. God is the person whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

11. Be kind-everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

12. Title of a short story describes many in our culture:  six characters in search of an author.

13. Liturgy is an act of personal protest that "renarrates" the world, that tells the only story that life can cohere around, the only center that holds.  It is the Gospel in compression, high-density.

14. In the Eucharist something happens, but we dare not articulate what.

Thanks to Ian Morgan Cron for leading us.


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