Any true experience of the Holy gives one the experience of being secretly chosen, invited, and loved. Surely that is why bride and bridegroom, invitations, and wedding banquets are Jesus’ most common metaphors for eternal life.

The mystics of all religions talk of being seduced and ravished and of deep inner acceptance, total forgiveness, mutual nakedness, immense and endless gratitude, endless yearning, and always a desire and possibility of more. This is religion at its best and highest and truest. The mystics know themselves to be completely safe and completely accepted at ever deeper levels of trust, exposure, and embrace. It is a spiral that goes ever deeper and closer. This is so different from fear of hell or punishment which characterize so much common religion, and which keep us on the far edge of the only dance that there is.

---Richard Rohr


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