Over the last few months, one of my favorite authors has been Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk from the 1900's. I loved reading his autobiography (The Seven Storey Mountain), and now as I read some of his contemplative writings, the mystical aspects of the Christian faith are being highlighted for me. I've tried to find a few books about the modern monastic movement, and even read some (which were disappointing), and so I thought I would open this line of discussion with the group.
- What mystical expressions of the Christian faith have you experienced that have been particularly meaningful to you?
- How are the ancient and mystical aspects of Christianity powerful in the Emergent movement?
- Are there any books, movies, church services, etc. that you would recommend to the group?
Have a blessed Christmas everyone!
p.s. - These pictures are from "La Sacrada Familia" which is an "in-the-works" cathedral in Barcelona - a marvelous example of the ancient and the modern coming together in a beautifully mystical expression of the Christian faith.