Henri Nouwen holds the mystical path
devotion to God
to be central to the life of the heart.
When morality gets too much attention
it subverts the priority of the mystical.
In any case, true morality flows out of oneness
the Law of Karma rules:
“You cannot do good or evil to your self
without doing the same for your neighbors”
– Catherine of Siena
To the extent we can look at our self
clearly/compassionately, we can confidently/fearlessly
look into someone else’s eyes – and into their soul
since eyes are the mirrors of the soul.
For Teilhard de Chardin love is not
an epi-phenomenon – something humans can acquire
rather it is what we constantly bathe in
something closer to us than our breath
which includes agape/eros/philia (brotherly/sisterly love)
and undergirds/supports the rise of consciousness –
deepening love and rising consciousness go together.
Similar to Teilhard, theologian John Macquarrie
illumines the human condition
by his main theme of self-transcendence
which simultaneously opens us to God the Infinite
while recognizing our essential finitude.
We humans are always a problem to ourselves
because we are finite yet longing for infinity –
longing for the Godhead, for Infinite Love
the living God beyond our images/idols of God.
This is where we need faith –
because according to Simone Weil
“Faith is the ability to hold creative tension
between paradoxes that are irresolvable
such as being finite but longing for infinity.”
Faith in God is the solution
to the otherwise unsolvable human dilemma.