Making Friends With Mystery


Today’s Q was inspired by this 2009 “On Being” interview between host Krista Tippett and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard Medical School. Coles talks about the innate curiosity and questioning nature of children; the mystery that lies at the heart of all religious inquiry; and the novelist Flannery O’Connor, who wrote that a writer’s task is to “deepen mystery.” Then Coles adds,

“And there’s our tragedy, that we have to resolve all mystery. We can’t let it be. We can’t rejoice in it. We can’t celebrate it. We can’t affirm it as an aspect of our lives because, after all, mystery is an aspect of our lives….Mystery is a great challenge. It’s an invitation, and it’s a wonderful companion, actually”

How can you more closely befriend mystery?


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