The Transforming Union or the Mystical Marriage

The final stage in the mystic way is usually called the Transforming Union or the Mystical Marriage. 609px-Miniature_depiction_of_Andrei_Rublev_TrinityNow it doesn’t suddenly begin because God does something other than what he’s been doing all along – it begins because what he’s been doing all along finally destroys everything in us that’s been keeping him out. Many years ago I met a very holy Cistercian monk in his eighties. He told me that for over twenty years he had undergone a profound purification in the Dark Night. read on…

Mystical Marriage

Some years ago I had lunch with friends in London. On my way out they introduced me576px-090511-Barcino-SPonctius_151 to their father who was busy working in the garden. Without thinking I asked him what he was doing and he replied –“I do be digging the garden.” Some months later I met a nun who taught Irish in Dublin and I asked her about this expression that I’d never come across before. She explained that it was an English translation of what in Irish is called the present continuing tense. “Well what does it mean?” I asked, “What was he trying to say to me?” “Oh, what he was saying was this.” she said. “I have been digging the garden, I am digging the garden, and when you stop asking the obvious, I will continue digging the garden!” read on…