The wonder of mystery

At the beginning of every RCIA year, I always tell the inquirers that I will never  answer their questions with the big Catholic cop out:

It’s a mystery!

But God is completely other. His self revelation to us is clouded in mystery. Gods ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts.  We grow in understanding, but we still see through the glass darkly.

Msgr. Pope has a post on the Magnificence of Mystery. He begins:

In the secular world a mystery is something which baffles or eludes understanding, something which lies hidden or undisclosed. Now the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of it or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle of “who-done-it” must be solved.

In the religious world mystery is something a bit different. Here mystery refers to something partially revealed, but much of which lies hidden. Mystery may partially,  or in some cases, completely escape what we can know by our intellect alone and unaided by God.  So, a  mystery is something partially revealed by God but much more of which lies hidden.

Mysteries are to Be Savored, not Solved. For the Christian then, mysteries are not something to solved or overcome so much as to appreciate and reverence. In the worldly notion of mystery it is something to approach with  perseverance and the smarts to conquer. But the mysteries of faith are something to be considered with humility and reverence realizing we can never exhaust their meaning or capture and conquer their full essence. A few thought on the mysteries of faith: Continue reading….

He also posted this lovely video.


About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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