Tuesday, June 12, 2012

living mystery

A Russian priest, Father Anthony told me, "To say to anyone 'I love you' is tantamount to saying 'You shall live forever."
I am slowly beginning to learn something about immortality. 
Our children are hungry for words like Father Anthony's. They have a passionate need for the dimension of the transcendence, mysticism, way-outness. We're not offering it to them legitimately. The tendency of the churches to be relevant and more-secular-than-thou does not answer our need for the transcendent. As George Tyrrell wrote about a hundred years ago, "If man's craving for the mysterious, the wonderful, the supernatural, be not fed on true religion, it will feed itself on the garbage of any superstition that is offered to it."
--Madeleine L'Engle

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