July 24, 2016 by missionsandmysticism
Seth Barnes’ blogs praise the mystics and encourages racers to learn from them and their methods.
- Thomas Merton is a Catholic mystic who Seth quotes here (and links readers to amazon to buy his book). This site and the Thomas Merton center offer more information…
“During his (Thomas’) last years, he became deeply interested in Asian religions, particularly Zen Buddhism, and in promoting East-West dialogue. After several meetings with Merton during the American monk’s trip to the Far East in 1968, the Dalai Lama praised him as having a more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known.”
(We are not sure that is the praise a “Christian” should desire)
- Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation. In January, 2008 Rohr was a “presenter” at Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening. Rohr taught the equality of Buddha with Christ.
Seth on Richard Rohr “Among other things, we need to search the Scriptures as an aid to growth and we need to interact with men like Rohr whom God has blessed with spiritual insight.” (…an aid?? how about the source)
- Henry Nouwen is a Catholic mystic and universalist. Seth says of one of his books, “… Nouwen himself has been a mentor thru books like this one.” Nouwen says in his book Sabbatical Journey, “Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.”
Seth:Why I love Henri Nouwen “We don’t lack information or access to it – what we lack is the means by which to sort it all and make sense of it. That’s the job of wisdom. And that’s why I love Henri Nouwen….He’s one of the wisest writers around. I get his morning devotional email and every morning, it’s amazing what he can do with a paragraph or two.”
- Listening Prayer, articles from Seth (also known as Lectio Divina, Jesus Prayer, Contemplative Prayer)