Meister Eckhart: the Divine Mind
is infinite and causeless.
The human mind is finite and caused
and therefore can never fully comprehend God.
Only God fully comprehends God.
Souls that want to grasp God
by intellect/vision/revelation alone
only partially succeed.
You must proceed
toward God by unknowing and in darkness.
God can only be known by love –
“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God”
(I John 4:7). This includes atheists who love
peace and justice (which are what God is made of).
God is also mystery, the Church is mystery
and the universe is mystery:
there is 95% more universe out there
than humans can see:
25% dark matter and 70% dark energy.
But darkness precedes light –
Thomas Merton: “We often forget
that Christian faith is a principle
of questioning and struggle
before it becomes a principle
of certitude and peace.”
Vatican II portrayed the Church
as continuing the work of the Good Shepherd
but also as composed of frail and sinful humans
and thus in constant need of purification/renewal.
Mystics constantly try to renew the Church
but they are rare as hen’s teeth.
Still, loneliness drives mystics to God
and then from experiencing God’s Love
they want to love everyone as God does.
Everyone, everyone, who loves
is born of God.