Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VessElS, HiPStErS, and MYSTERy

A past parishioner of mine---what an interesting use of verbiage; almost as if to convey that I'm talking about several decades back when I've only been a priest for 3 years now! ha ha --- is a wonderful writer. Yes, Dena, I'm talking about you. I've never done a post in response or commenting on another
other blog/article entry...so here it goes...oh, and don't worry, it's all positive. :)

Yes, I would agree with the Vessels article. There is as it were a reality of mystery and unknown that almost calls to the depths of who we are as humans. Almost as if "mystery" is calling out to the recesses of our hearts that are meant to be overtaken by "mystery-itself"...a cor ad cor loquitor of sorts.

You mention a few examples of vessels like small wooden boxes, "small paper packages tied up with string" (great reference by the way!), mailed hand-written letters, and real books; they are able to hide some thing and it is this unknown that draws us...that calls out to that part of us that desires to relish in a mystery that will be revealed. There's almost a relationship between the vessel and the reality within... as if the more vintage, authentically-made, or authentically-sincere a thing is, the more value  or more significant is the thing within...

There's this need to allow our souls to be independent of the confines and constructs of modernity to dive deeper to express, see and understand some thing. You know, there's been this Hipster lifestyle-movement-fad of sorts that seems to want to embrace this sense of mystery and or come back to something more authentically human; to go beyond the shallow confines and constructs of mainstream thought or work. Urban Dictionary defines a hipster as:
a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter...Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions...
Ok, grant it, the hipster doesn't talk about mystery in the same way as I did above, but if we just think about it for a bit, we begin to notice that there have been various movements throughout history in which the human person wants to dive deeper, understand and embrace the mystery of reality and the mystery of one's own self. Grant it, there are various ways the hipster lifestyle manifests itself; be it by acquiring vintage things like typewriters, going to artsy coffee shops, writing letters, brewing one's own beer, growing out beards, being unfashionably-fashionable with crazy socks, the hipster just wants to be authentic...

...and there is no greater authenticity found than within the source and font that gives meaning to all mysteries...namely, God.

Our Catholic practices can't be more vintagey. With all her Traditions, incensed ceremonies and rituals, candles and sacred vessels...we embrace the journey towards Mystery-Itself...the journey established by the apostles and the early Church.


Being Catholic, I'd argue, one can't help but be
 a hipster.



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