Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
Crooked Finger

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and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come

It is now in the flow of my life 4:03 PM late Wednesday afternoon. I laid down for awhile since I got up this morning around 4:50 AM. I woke up feeling cold and sick to my stomach. So I got up to face existence. I am down in the lower level drinking coffee and reading "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte. I do not know anyone who contemplates. I tell myself if Carol dies before me I will sell everything and go live someplace isolated and live a contemplative life. I will be a old contemplative hermit. I am sure I will die first and not my wife. It is wonderful to grow old together. I would hate to grow old alone. Carol and I are now grandparents to two baby girls. I wonder how our grandchildren are doing today. I wonder how Caleb and Emily are doing with their week old baby Josephine Joy? How is Louisa doing today. All I can do is pray for our children and grandchildren. Put all our loved ones in the hands of the Lord Jesus. It is a blessing to have as grandparents those who love to pray to the Lord Jesus for their loved ones and mankind. I remember these words of the writer to the Hebrews, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore comes boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" Hebrews 4:15,16.

So the day goes by normal. Tonight I suppose I will watch once again the PBS documentary on the Roosevelt's. Tomorrow I cover for someone at the Herrick Public Library used bookstore from 10 AM till 1 PM. Time will go by like it always does.

I will close with a quote from "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte.

"The third division is experiential knowledge of divine sweetness, which directs all one's powers toward divine contemplation, delighting eagerly not only in known things but in unknown things. This type of wisdom is what Augustine had in mind when he said, "Sometimes you send me into an unaccustomed affectedness sweeter than any I know."

Only this second, sapiential degree of alluring meditation, which makes the spirit fertile, tranquil, refreshed, and joyful, can lead from the first to the third degree [of speculative contemplation]. And this second degree is most profound and hidden, for its wisdom truly is drawn from the hidden depths. This second degree, which remains unknown to the extent that it has not been experienced, employs hidden exercises to draw the gift of wisdom from the Holy Spirit's penetrable depths in order to form and reform itself. It is like drinking a good wine straight from the cask of someone who has just let you into the cellar where he has kept good wine for himself. Thus the godly spirit, when she arrives jubilantly and exultant at this stage, sweetly sings and copiously expresses, or wishes to express, her thanks. In the words of the Canticle, The king brought me into his wine cellar (Ca 2:4) and into heavenly wisdom or into knowledge of supernal joys-by the grace of contemplation." pg. 231,232 Guigo De Ponte

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