If you want to read this article without throwing up, I suggest ignoring the parts that claim atheists are always dumpster diving to expose poor, poor defenseless theists, or writing 'manifestos'.
It is worth it-- Even covered in a thick layer of theistic frosting, MT comes off as a world-class nut bar who hid serious psychological and neurological issues behind a drywall of 'religion.'
She wrote in 1951 that the Passion was the only aspect of Jesus' life that she was interested in sharing: "I want to ... drink ONLY [her emphasis] from His chalice of pain."
Gottlieb also suggests that starting her ministry "may have marked a turning point in her relationship with Jesus," whose urgent claims she was finally in a position to fulfill. Being the active party, he speculates, might have scared her, and in the end, the only way to accomplish great things might have been in the permanent and less risky role of the spurned yet faithful lover.
"If I ever become a Saint — I will surely be one of 'darkness.' I will continually be absent from Heaven — to [light] the light of those in darkness on earth," she wrote in 1962.Creepy chick. *Kinda* emo.
Oh! But theres hope for us evil atheists! Turns out that we're all well on our way to becoming 'spiritual masters!'
The church anticipates spiritually fallow periods. Indeed, the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross in the 16th century coined the term the "dark night" of the soul to describe a characteristic stage in the growth of some spiritual masters.Masters of the Universe? Sweet!