Blaise Pascal was one of the most brilliant men in the 17th century. He was a great scientist, philosopher, mathematician, and inventor, creating many breakthroughs in the world of science. He was also a devoted Catholic and wrote what some say is one of the best theological works of his day. When Pascal was 16 years old, he was already engaging academically with professional mathematicians and astounding them with his knowledge. By age 19, he invented the mechanical calculator, which he sold about 50 units to wealthy families in Europe. Some say his invention of the calculator was also the first computer.
On November 23rd, 1654 at 10:30pm, something supernatural happened. Pascal had an amazing mystical experience that lasted for two hours. As soon as it was over, he grabbed a pen and paper and wrote down what was swirling in his spirit:
The year of grace 1654,
Monday, 23 November…
From about half past ten at night until about half past midnight, FIRE.
An Excerpt of Pascal’s mystical experience
No one knew of this experience until Pascal died. They found the note sewn to the interior of his jacket. He never told a soul.
What have you done with your encounters? Are they sewn to the interior of your jacket, close to heart, as an ever-present reminder? I wonder how many times Pascal glanced down into that jacket and simply said, “Fire.” Saints, never let your holy moments with Jesus become familiar. Sow them to your jacket. Keep them before your heart. You’ll find yourself in a never-ending-encounter.