July 28th, 2014

the hidden sense will shine forth for true lovers

It is 10:07 AM Monday morning in the flow of salvation history. It is 60 degrees this morning and gray outside. It is another autumn morning here by Lake Michigan. Soon we will be seeing once again icebergs floating in Lake Michigan.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I got up had a glass of orange juice and messed with our main computer. In the mornings when I am online I read mainly music reviews and the diaries of my online friends in LiveJournal and Diaryland. I have noticed that I am finding the music of this generation not something I am drawn to the older I get. I am sensing a generational gap in music tasted these days. I am an old guy. How can an old guy like me relate to music created by young men or young women. I suppose there some things we all can relate to like love and death. I don't know why these days I feel like I am in a different place than the young people around me. I also sense that young people tend to brush me off because I am old. I am not cool now that I am an old man.

This morning I have done all the usual things I do like eat, write in my paper diary and read. My wife got home from work around 8:45 AM and has gone to bed for the day. I have been reading once again a book titled, "Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings Of Hugh Of Balma And Guigo De Ponte" [The Classics Of Western Spirituality]. In this volume I am reading the treatise by Hugh Of Balma written towards the end of the 13th century titled, "The Roads To Zion Mourn". The other day in talking to a friend this volume kept coming to my mind when it comes to living constantly in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have been reading the volume "Carthusian Spirituality" for years. I want this volume to be in my blood stream. I always find spiritual comfort in reading this volume and the volume "The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross".

So the morning flows by. Last night I read my books and watched television. Now it is another day.

Last night when not watching television I mainly read from these two books.

"Travels With Herodotus" by Ryszard Kapuscinski

"Schnitzler's Century: The Making Of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914" by Peter Gay

Well I suppose I will close. Last night our son Josiah called from Washington. Joe and Hannah had a busy summer. They look forward to moving into their new place and starting their new teaching jobs there in Washington State. Next Monday our daughter Bethany and our granddaughter Louisa Mae will be visiting our for two weeks.

Josiah & Hannah
Josiah & Hannah
  • Current Music
    Cloud Nothings "Here And Nowhere Else"

only through divine manifestation

Today I left the house to do some errands and while out I visited thrift stores to look at their used books. I found these used books today to ADD to our book collection.

"Nixon: A Life" biography by Jonathan Aitken

"Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways" memoir by Valerie Hemingway

"The Polish Officer" novel by Alan Furst

"On Paradise Drive" by David Brooks

"Doomed" a novel by Chuck Palahniuk

Not much else to report this afternoon. I have been reading Carthusian Spirituality and waiting for darkness to fall.


  • Current Music
    Paul Weller "More Modern Classics"

the radiance of divine darkness

It is 8:04 PM Monday night. I had a quiet day. I mainly read today a 13th century treatise titled, "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma. Not much else to report. Tomorrow is a Tuesday.

Well I will close with a quote from "The Roads To Zion Mourn"-

"7. Our concern at present is the first ray, which lies hidden beneath Scripture. Through it one ascends to unitive love. [Yet, a word or two on the other two rays is in order.] The second ray more often accompanies unitive love, for the closer the human spirit approaches through loving affections to the fount of light, the more powerfully she is filled with increasingly divine rays, just as the dawn sheds light first on the regions closest to it. On the third path, through insatiable sighing the human spirit gasps for complete union with her Beloved. More acted upon than acting, she is divinely raised up to receive the third ray of light. The Beloved then says to the one who has sighed so long, Friend, go up higher (Lk 14:10). In this regard Denis later said in the Mystical Theology, "Surge up unknowingly to that union which is above all cognition, spirit, and intellect," where the practice of unitive love is handed on, where the affectus surges upward that which the understanding knows not. Then he adds these words, speaking to Timothy: "Removing from yourself all these things, and completely freed from everything that restrains, you will be brought up on high in purity to the radiance of divine darkness." In speaking of the uplifting of unitive love he says, "Surge upward [consurge] for grace and nature are at work here. After that he says, "You will be brought up on high" [sursum ageris], since here grace, not nature, lifts the human spirit to experiential and unmediated knowledge of celestial things and through grace the human soul is made ready for such experiential and direct knowledge." pg. Hugh Of Balma pg. 83 ILLUMINATIVE WAY
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative