It pays to know the history of occult science in order to see that the latest science-and-religion dialogue will likely produce an occult theory. After all, occultism stands at the intersection of science and religion, being naturalistic without being materialistic. Theologians don’t always know the occult implication of their projects.
Like Mary, we have to let go of that Christ, whom we have imagined, and encounter Christ in his own reality.
The most wonderful thing about Julian, as a mystic, theological friend, and spiritual companion, is that she does more than just tell us about God. She actually shares with us her own incomplete, decades-long process of coming to terms with her experience of a God of love who is actually at work, in all things, in each moment.
If you and I cannot recognize that we are a “damn mess,” then I’m not sure what Christianity can offer.
My cousin and I have an ongoing conversation that could be titled “What’s Next?” Our exchanges normally revolve around the dreadful state of education and the arts, whose jagged shards we break into even smaller bits. It is mostly an exercise for getting grouchiness out, while keeping it away from our wives, children, and in my case, parishioners. In our better moments, we have wildly optimistic ideas about how to put the pieces back together in the form of something holy and beautiful.