Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
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the permanent light is the virtue of spiritual discretion

It is now in the death flow 2:54 PM Saturday afternoon. The sun came out this afternoon. Too bad I am not in the spirit to be outside these days. I am in a hermit stage these days. I am sick of the world the dead American world. In other words the world makes me sick. Everything around me is covered with emptiness. It all seems a giant waste modern life in this sin sick world. It always amazes me how men and women pursue things/activities that only lead to nothingness. It seems to be modern man has built this giant machine culture that only in the end produces death. In the end the world will be destroyed and made anew so why be so wrapped up in this culture of death?

I left for the library book nook around 9:40 AM and was home by 1:17 PM. When I got home I found that Carol had gone to bed for the day. I thought she would be up enjoying the sunshine when I got home. Since being home I have basically been writing in my paper diary and reading the book "Holy Wisdom Or Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation Extracted out of more than Forty Treatises by the Ven. Father F. Augustin Baker (1575-1641) "Bendictine writer on ascetical theology and history. He became a RC, entered the Benedictine Order of Padua in 1605, and ordained a priest c. 1615. He worked at Cambrai and Douai, and as a chaplain in England. Of his ascetical writings the most famous to survive in Sancta Sophia, or Holy Wisdom (2 vols.,1657), a collection made posthumously. It expounds the way of contemplation, under the headings 'Of an Internal Life in General', 'Of Mortification', and 'Of Prayer'. . ." pg.122 "The Oxford Dictionary Of The Christian Church" Edited By F.L. Cross."

The library used books store was normal today. When not helping people with their purchases and not talking I read "Holy Wisdom" by Father Baker and "Carthusian Spirituality".

So has gone by my existence. I have been looking at also this afternoon from a book titled, "Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life" by Donald G. Bloesch. "But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction" 2 Peter 2:1.

I thought of quoting from "Holy Wisdom" but now it all seems pointless. Existence keeps decaying. I will though quote from Guigo De Ponte ON CONTEMPLATION Book Two Chapter Ten: Regarding Anagogical Contemplation and the Book "Viae Sion." What Is Clinging to God? Let the Contemplative Be Fearfully Awed.

"The exercise of anagogical contemplation has three steps. The first is the godly spirit's imaginative clinging to Christ's humanity through devout affection, saying: My soul clings to you(Ps.62:9 [63:8]). The second step is the godly spirit's clinging of discernment in which she discerns but does not separate God from man as she clings in godly love to the divinity clothed with humanity, saying: It is good for me to cling to God(Ps 72:28 [73:28]). The third step is the human spirit's yearning unitive clinging in which she gently burns for God. knowing experientially that one who clings to God in this way is one spirit with him. In this step, as the godly spirit leaves behind mental and anagogical prayers and, inflamed with divine longing pants for the face of her own Author, she is joined to heavenly things and separated from earthly things. With love growing from her own fervor she opens herself to receive and in receiving is set on fire. Then with great longing she gazes wide-mouthed at celestial things and in some wondrous way tastes what she seeks to have. This tasting, moreover, is the clinging, the union, through which the pious spirit enjoys God, in whom she blissfully reposes." pg. 209,210 Guigo De Ponte

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