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reading a paragraph

I sometimes know

from instincts much deeper than my intellect

that this is of utter importance

(and for some reason this usually concerns the Carmelite Mystics

who mean so much in this noisy urban place).


If night first tells us that there is somewhere to go, it also announces that we cannot get there on our own.  ‘Night’ presents suffering, not as the only place, but as the privileged place of God’s inflow.  In it, love not only comes; love also opens a space for coming.  That is the God-content of pain: it has power to unlock us at the point where we cannot unlock ourselves … Healing comes particularly in situations that take us out of our own control, in the kind of pain that is bewildering.

– Iain Matthew The Impact of God

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I never wanted to BE a Carmelite, but yes, I understand what the Carmelite mystics can bring to a wearying urban place.

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