Becoming an Ordinary Mystic
Spirituality for the Rest of Us
by Albert Haase, OFM
Pub Date 27 Aug 2019
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"With scriptural insights and practical exercises, Albert Haase reminds us that God has an ardent longing for a deeper and deeper relationship with each of us. The disciple's journey is a mystical journey that leads to a deeper experience of the ordinary and mundane. To plumb the depths of the secular is to scale the heights of the sacred. An authentic expression of the Franciscan vision of the world!"
-Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation
"In Becoming an Ordinary Mystic, Father Haase has painted a sublimely practical picture of what it might look like to pursue life with Christ in the details of commonplace living. This book is an encouragement to live in the now, reflect on the why, and live purposefully in his presence."
-Manuel Luz, creative arts pastor, author of Honest Worship
"A deeply personal and intimate look at what it means to be a mystic. Father Albert invites us to dive deep and unlock the mysteries of our faith. If we are willing to make the descent, Fr. Albert guides all of us on an adventure rooted in the depths of our heart. It is simple, insightful, and life giving. He successfully helps us merge the secular with the sacred and turns a life on autopilot into a mystical adventure all in the hands of God. His ingenious look at the Beatitudes turns a sometimes perplexing mystery into a life-changing, life-giving freedom that unlocks the past of who we are and why we do what we do. He gives us the keys to help us open what might be a creaky doorway into our faith and shows us how we can discover what it means to be happy. Even if we remotely yearn to live a life as an ordinary mystic, Fr. Albert tells us that we can do it. It is about staying awake, listening to our lives, and taking some risks to let God's will be done. He says it all comes down to one question we should be asking ourselves every day: What is God up to in my life? When you ask that question and begin to search for an answer, you are on the road to becoming an ordinary mystic. Be careful though! The road and the adventure in front of you may very well change your life."
-Chuck Neff, host of The Inner Life, Relevant Radio
"Franciscan Albert Haase is a master storyteller. Throughout Becoming an Ordinary Mystic his pithy, down-to-earth anecdotes draw a reader in. But these tales have a decided plumb line. Into them he skillfully weaves insights from Christian wisdom figures—from Job to Teresa of Ávila to Thomas Merton. What emerges is a surprisingly accessible guide to a mature Christian life saturated with the divine presence. The author gives thoughtful attention to classic spiritual arts of awareness, listening, attentiveness, forgiveness, apophatic and kataphatic prayer as well as experiences of dark night, sin, fear, doubt, and mercy, all while grounding enduring truths in real life using arresting allusions to Haase's own struggles and the struggles of those he ministered to."
-Wendy M. Wright, professor emerita of theology, Creighton University
"Albert Haase holds keen insight for the subtleties of the spiritual journey. His guidance gently leads us along the path that makes meaning out of our life."
-Phileena Heuertz, founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, author of Mindful Silence and Pilgrimage of a Soul
"Belief does not come as naturally for many of us as it did for our parents and grandparents. A world without God seems a live option. So if we are to believe, we will need to be people who have experienced a living God, people who are ordinary mystics. With lucidity, candor, and warmth, Father Haase helps us understand that while being an ordinary mystic isn't necessarily easy, it is simple, and he shows us how to become one."
-Austin Fischer, lead pastor of Vista Community Church, author of Faith in the Shadows
"Want to be a mystic? I didn't, until I read what Father Albert has to say about this surprisingly accessible way of perceiving the road we're traveling. In this short book, you'll find yourself reading along with some of the greatest minds of the church. You'll recognize yourself in the stories, grow through the training exercises, and be inspired by the invitation to claim your inner mystic. And will you become, in the end, one of those blessed ones? That's up to you."
-Alice Camille, coauthor of Fearless: Stories of the American Saints
"We are mystics because we are called to a relationship with God and to live that intimacy God desires with every person. So this is the book many folks have been waiting for. In ordinary language with great examples and stories of real people, Father Haase leads us to understand the spiritual journey in ways that truly touch the heart. Each chapter concludes with an exercise to practice, reflect, and ponder, which I found very helpful. Surely most of us want to become ordinary mystics and this work encourages us to continue seeking the deeper life with God."
-Joseph Tedesco, superior of Mepkin Abbey Trappist Monastery, Moncks Corner, SC