July 3rd, 2014

the war of the Beast

It is 10:06 AM Thursday morning here where we live. It is a nice sunny day. I do not expect it to get hot today. Not a good day to lay in the sun at Lake Michigan.

I got up this morning around 7:10 AM. I have done the usual things this morning.

Carol has gone to bed for the day. She is off tonight from work. Tomorrow is July Fourth. Existence is speeding by. I wonder if I will get dementia when I get older. I would hate to lose my memory. I hate to spend my last days not knowing anything or anyone.

I have been reading this morning from a book titled, "The Shadow On The Sun" by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

I should mow the lawn today.

Well I suppose I will close to drift. I already wrote in my paper diary. I fed the birds and did some yard work this morning. I noticed this morning looking in our backyard one of our trees lost two branches during a recent thunderstorm. I will have to saw the tree branches and put them out next week to be hauled away. I am still waiting for our wildflowers to bloom in our backyard. We need a long stretch of hot weather to cause the wildflowers to start blooming.

I did get out this morning my Reformation commentary on The Acts of the Apostle, but not in the mood to read Reformation Spirituality. I am tired. I have questions.

Last night I read and went to bed the usual time. Now it is a new day.

I will close to read, "The Great And Holy War: How World War I Became A Religious Crusade" by Philip Jenkins.

"[1] And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
[2] And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
[3] And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
[4] And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
[6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
[7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
[8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.
[9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
[10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
[11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
[14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:1-14
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he inflicts wounds inwardly

I mentioned earlier that I have been reading off and on a book I read awhile back titled, Gregory the Great On the Song of Songs Translated and Introduction by Mark DelCogliance. I got out this book once again because I recently found out that a new translation of Gregory the Great's work "Moral Reflections On The Book Of Job" Volume 1 (Introduction And Books 1-5) Translated by Brian Kemp OCSO Introduction by Mark DelCogliano is being published Fall 2014 by Cistercian Publications.

I collect commentaries on The Book of Job and books on Job. I already pre-ordered this book "Moral Reflections On The Book Of Job" Volume 1 by Gregory the Great.

The book Gregory the Great On the Song of Songs is described on the back cover as being "all that Gregory had to say on the Song of Songs: his Exposition on the Song of Songs, the florilegia complied by Paterius (Gregory's secretary) and the Venerable Bede, and William of Saint Thierry's Excerpts from the Books of blessed Gregory on the Song of Songs."

Last year I read "The Venerable Bede On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings" [The Classics Of Western Spirituality].

I will quote something I read the other day in the book Gregory the Great On the Song of Songs that has been on my mind.

"Song 2:5b (LXX). I have been wounded by love.
W15. In two ways Almighty God wounds those whom he is concerned to restore to health. Sometimes he whips them outwardly on the flesh in order to cure the poison of sins. Sometimes, even if the outward blows seem to have stopped, he inflicts wounds inwardly because he strikes the hardness of our mind with desire for him. Yet by striking he heals because, when we have been pierced by the spear of fear for him, he recalls us to an upright frame of mind. For our hearts are sickly when stricken with no love for God, when unmindful of the woefulness of our pilgrimage, when apathetic with hardly and feeling at all toward the weakness of our neighbor. But they are wounded that they may be healed because God strikes unfeeling minds with the darts of love for him and soon makes them full of feeling through the burning heat of charity. Hence here the Bride says: I have been wounded by love. For the soul that is sickly and in the state of this exile lies prostrate in blind security has neither seen God nor sought to see him. But when she is struck by the darts of his love, she is 'wounded' in her innermost recesses with tender devotion, burns with desire for contemplation, and marvelously is restored to life through her wound, though one she lay dead in health. She yearns, she pants, and she desires to see him whom she fled." pg. 197 Gregory the Great
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