THE HIDDEN SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN – Encounters with Wisdom’s Poor & Holy
A discovery of the Holy Innocents of Asia and America who suffer through no fault of their own and whose lives Mother Teresa of Calcutta insisted were redemptive for humankind.
On the hidden side of a mountain in the Japanese Alps, the writer experiences a Zen Catholic “Fire-Mass” during which a silent collective breath imbues the Eucharist. Worshippers come into being and disappear in the mystical koan “This is My Body.” In a Mother Teresa home on the plains of central India among the poorest of the poor whom he contemplates in a bafflingly mysterious light, Holy Wisdom reveals herself, and a pilgrim deacon stumbles upon an identity and vocation beyond words.
Looking back over the course of his eight decades he comes to realize that the mystery of “pilgrimage” encapsulates his life. Gradually there emerges a hidden thread, a piece of woolen yarn that seems to weave itself into an oriental rug within which he enwraps himself: a spiritual vocation. He was meant to go where he goes and to be where he is, even though he had not intended it. Looking forward all is discovery; looking back all is providence.