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The Not-So-Otherworldly Mysticism of John Muir and Pope Francis — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Fr. James,

    Thank you for this great article. Thank you for speaking of the goodness of the created world leading us to a Catholic sacramental worldview. I especially liked your description of how in your prayerful desert experience you became more and not less aware of the natural world in your connection with God.

    This reminds me of how St. Bonaventure describes the mystical vision of St. Francis. He used the term “contuition” to describe his penetrating vision, his way of seeing, that enabled him to experience God’s presence as well as a heightened perception of the nature of the object at hand. The object wasn’t lost in the glare of God’s light but rather brought to greater clarity.

    Here is a website that provides a good example of contuition:

    This same way of seeing likely led St. Francis to see the profound familial relationship of all creation and proclaim, “Praise be you, my Lord” with and through Brother Sun, Sister Moon and all the rest of creation.

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