For those of you who heard Sr. Maureen Sullivan, O.P., PhD at the Evangelization and Catechesis Conference on Saturday (October 19, 2013), this information should sound familiar as I am reflecting upon a few of her words from that keynote address. She quoted Karl Rahner, "Mystery is not what which I cannot know of understand, but...which I cannot exhaust." I love this twist on the word as "mystery" seemed to be the 'answer' to any question I asked a teacher/catechist/priest/adult as a child. If they couldn't explain it or didn't think I could grasp it, it feel into the Mystery File in my head....How can God be everywhere? It is a mystery. Did Jesus know he would die even when he was a little boy? It is a mystery. Did Jesus ever get grounded? Ok, well, perhaps that is a mystery, but anyway, my point it that I love now considering it as something to be questions, probed, prayed about, and reconsidered over and over but that I man never have a complete answer.
With this then comes the excitement of theology - to continue to look at information passed down from previous generations to look at again with the eyes of faith in this point in time. How is the mystery of God revealed a bit more in this time and place?
What insights did her presentation open in your mind?
What do you think of her thoughts and Rahner's take on Mystery?
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.