Sunday, November 9, 2014
Numinous, a word I now know to mean, "having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of divinity". A recent addition to my vocabulary, I was introduced to this word via a book I read this summer, Opening Heaven's Door. Considering how much I have explored the topics of spirituality and divinity, how had I never come across this beautiful (both in meaning and sound) word before? At one point, while reading the book, I had stopped to check the exact meaning of this word in the dictionary. Soon after I resumed reading, the author made reference to a neuropsychiatrist named Michael Kelly. Really?! Five minutes later, the house phone rang. Not recognizing the number on call display, I was tempted to ignore it but then decided to pick up. A male voice asked, "Is Michael there?" I asked what it was regarding and he explained that he was calling regarding the ad for garage space rental. When I pressed, he told me he was calling the number shown in the publication he had. We double checked, and sure enough, it was our telephone number in the ad. I explained that there had been a Michael at this number but that he had died over three years ago. After some investigation, I discovered that there had been a typo in the telephone number listed, off by one digit from the correct one. No garage rental, and no shortage of numinous experiences.