As attested in numerous writings of the early mystics, union with God through prayer is the central focus. Thomas Keating, a contemporary Benedictine Monk, speaks of Christian enlightenment as “Divine Union.” Our fragmented twenty-first century lives need the experience of unity, even if it’s only for an hour in meditation or in worship. The early Christian mystics are the wellspring of this dream.
The average American moves every five years. Over 50% of marriages fail. The teen suicide, gun violence, and terrorism statistics continue to shock. And technology continues to rocket, whirl, orbit, and overwhelm. In response to our anxious and fragmented world we seek holistic vision. Yet, unfortunately, Christianity often becomes another arena of conflict, partisan politics, and “us vs. them.”
More than ever, we need Christian leadership and teaching that reflects wholeness/union. The Jesus Paradox of The Alexandrian Mystics, which I write about in Healing The Divide, has the power to heal souls yearning for a deeply rooted mystical homeland. It has the power to heal divisions in the body of Christ.