Reflections for our Times — Religious experience

Experience: Religious, Mystical, Human?

Tags: Mysticism, prayer, Religious experience, Spirituality, Theism

The eminent theologian Karl Rahner has said that the Christian of the future will be either a mystic (which means, someone who has experienced something), or he/she won’t be a Christian at all. Rahner´s prophecy is accurate, not only concerning Christians but also for anyone who experiences transcendence in these times. In the same way that modernity does not accept anything that is unverified by rationality, the post-modernity in which we live considers experience a privileged way of knowledge . Despite the risk of disillusionment that is inherent in experiences remaining superficial or induced by artificial means, it seems perfectly...

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Mística y oración

Tags: armando rojas guardia, compasión, espiritualidad, experiencia religiosa, misericordia, mística, mystic, oración, prayer, religious experience, spirituality

La cena que recrea y enamora “Mira que estoy a la puerta y llamo.Si alguno escucha mi voz y me abre,entraré en su casa y cenaré con él y él conmigo”.(Ap 3,20) Alguna vez escribí que la oración es el hecho capital de mi vida y que de ella ha dependido, en no poca medida, mi madurez y la fructificación global de mi espíritu. También escribí que el Dios incómodo de la oración me hace salir desnudo a la intemperie, exige de mí niveles cada vez más altos de conciencia y libertad, destroza con su sola e interpelante presencia el...

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On Secular Culture and Religious Crisis

Tags: agnosticism, atheism, christianity, hope, individualism, laity, postmodernity, religion, religious experience, secular

Our context —variously identified as “modernity”, late-modernity”, “hyper-modernity”, or “post-modernity”— is somewhat like quicksand. We are not only facing a time of changes, but, as the final document of the Assembly of the Latin-American Bishops held in Aparecida says, we are confronting an epochal change, and this means significant changes for human life, its configuration, its meaning and self-understanding, along with a feeling of enormous uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety.  One of the greatest impacts of the current changes is no doubt its effect on religion. If during the Age of Enlightenment, human rationality became increasingly visible and achieved the status...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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On Secular Culture and Religious Crisis

Tags: Atheism, Mysticism, Religious experience, Secularism, Spirituality, Theism

Our context —variously identified as “modernity”, late-modernity”, “hyper-modernity”, or “post-modernity”— is somewhat like quicksand. We are not only facing a time of changes, but, as the final document of the Assembly of the Latin-American Bishops held in Aparecida says, we are confronting an epochal change, and this means significant changes for human life, its configuration, its meaning and self-understanding, along with a feeling of enormous uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety.  One of the greatest impacts of the current changes is no doubt its effect on religion. If during the Age of Enlightenment, human rationality became increasingly visible and achieved the status...

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