Worship: Mysticism in the Lab

St. Paul was converted while riding on the road to Damascus by a sudden vision of the Risen Christ, who ap peared to him in the form of a blinding light that struck him to the ground.

Teresa of Avila, the 16th century saint, had poetic visions of "pure water running over crystal, the sun reflecting it and striking through it." Simone Weil, the lonely Jewish girl who turned into a Christian mystic, tells how the recitation of lines by George Herbert, such as, "Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,"...

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