Welcoming the Theophany

[A] pattern of temporary falling apart precedes every transition to a new level of faith, hope, and love. If one is not prepared to live in temporary chaos and to hold the necessary anxiety that chaos entails, one never moves into a Bigger World. Notice that almost every Theophany (revelation of God) begins with the same warning: “Do not be Afraid”. Fear is an entirely predictable response to any God encounter, because any authentic experience of the Absolute relativises everything else. God is actually quite wild and dangerous, but we domesticated divine experience so much that a vast majority of people have left the search entirely, finding most religious people to be fearful conformists instead of adventurous seekers of Love and Mystery.

Richard Rohr

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