Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
Crooked Finger

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the Holy Spirit himself touches the soul's supreme affective apex

It is 5:45 PM Saturday night in the divine flow. Soon my wife will get up to get ready to go to work. My wife is a night nurse (a Rapid Response Nurse). My wife has been a nurse for 40 years. My wife and I have been married for 35 years. Life is zooming by! Today while I was volunteering at the Herrick Public Library used books store I was reading my Reformation commentary on the Gospel of John chapter 3 when I suddenly remembered that I had a spiritual birthday on August 17th-I date my spiritual birth to August 17, 1970. I have been a lover of the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ since August 1970. I have been following the Lord Jesus as a disciple for 44 years. I find it strange when people in LiveJournal try to convince me that the Lord Jesus is not the ONLY way to a love relationship with God Father. I find it strange when people in LJ write that there is no need for the death of Christ on the Cross for our sins. I say with the apostle Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" Gal. 2:20.

I want to quote something I read today in the treatise "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma on the Christian life.

"33. Note, however, that this wisdom is understood in one manner by those who have made progress and in another manner of those who are perfected. Those making progress must cleanse themselves in the cleansing path described above. Somewhat later, as they cogitate, they encounter God himself inflaming them from on high. They encounter him, not by meditating on God or on the angels, but by surging up as they stick to the path that directly follows on the purgative path, that is, according to the second, shorter exposition of the Lord's Prayer given earlier (via illuminativa), par. 45-54), which is a prayer made in spirit and in truth. After the affectus has exerted itself for a long time, after the mind has carefully raised itself in cogitation in the manner described earlier, it dismisses cogitation and meditation, and, aspiring to union with the Beloved himself by yearning love alone, as often as it wishes, day or by night, inwardly or outwardly, the surging mind [animus] lifts itself upward. Now we find love's affection preceding cogitation, for what the affectus feels, the intellect truly understands." pg. 164 Hugh of Balma

I have to close to go make coffee for my wife. I hope to write more later this evening.


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