Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
Crooked Finger

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nothing earthly can disrupt love's tranquility

It is now in the flow 4:18 PM Friday late afternoon. It is 82 degrees outside right now. We are having a heat wave.

I just got up from a two hour nap. I laid down around 1 o'clock PM and woke up around 3 o'clock PM. When I woke up from my nap I went upstairs to find Carol sleeping, she works the next two nights. I messed with our main computer and then I took my daily hot shower. It is cooler down here in the lower level so I am writing on our old lap top computer.

I did not go anywhere this afternoon. I basically sat in our dining room writing in my paper diary and reading the 13th century treatise on the Christian life titled, "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma.

I have no plans for the evening hours tonight. Tomorrow is a Saturday, which means once again I volunteer from 10 AM till 1 PM at the Herrick Public Library used books store.

It is too hot right now to mow our lawn. Maybe I will mow our lawn tomorrow.

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

"17. Charity is inflamed, made whole, and perfected through this wisdom. For, since the most blessed God himself is a consuming fire (Dt 4:24, Heb 12:29), the more he drives every sort of chill from the wayfarer's spirit, the more she approaches him inwardly through love's outstretchings. Because she thus aspires through anagogic movements toward a more intimate union with him, she exposes herself to the consuming rays of the Spiritual Sun and, like a wick exposed to the rays of the sun, is ignited by fire sent from on high.

18. Not only do virtues find their preeminence through this perfected wisdom, but the human spirit is advanced beyond all philosophy, all of reason's research, all theological speculation and inquiry. The natural philosopher indeed knows the Creator, because he observes that all physical creatures have a cause. He thus affirms by infallible proof that the goodness, the marvelous order, and the immensity of created things could not have come into being except from a single omnipotent Creator. In the words of the Apostle Paul, For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, his eternal power also, and divinity (Rom 1:20). This is how the philosopher arrives at knowledge. Yet since the entire world is nothing in comparison to the rational spirit (as uncreated wisdom herself proclaims: Playing in the world: and my delight were to be with the children of men [Prv 8:31]), the entire world is like a little circus in which beauty makes a brief appearance, with "beauty" referring here to angelic and human spirits. Hence the philosopher's narrow and beggarly natural knowledge knows nothing of the deep states of the human spirit and lies as incomparably far beneath this wisdom as the East is separated from the West. The same applies to metaphysical or theological consideration, both of which apprehend the one, true, good God in his simplicity by considering being and its differentiations, potentialities, and tendencies. But through this wisdom the human spirit, apart from any of the reasoning mentioned above, without any cogitation leading the way for love's movement or keeping it company, is able to apprehend through the affective summit the One who is the supreme good in an inexpressible way. No understanding can rise up to and no intellect can speculate about this apprehension. How this can be and how the intellect can be divided from the affectus is shown below in the discussion of the theoretical practice of this wisdom, beginning with the words "Arise unknowing" from On Mystical Theology." pg. 113,114 Hugh of Balma

Tom Clark

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