Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
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the language of the cross is madness to those on the road to ruin

"Jesus Christ is all the hermit's philosophy. With gospel and cross, the hermit knows more than all the philosophers. The profane take him for an uncouth simpleton. 'The language of the cross is madness to those on the road to ruin.' Please God it may always be 'God's power' for you (1 Cor.1:18). Do not be alarmed if you sometimes find it somewhat unpalatable to commonsense. Only a lengthy apprenticeship to suffering will let you savor the benefits it confers. At first, the cross presents itself as an instrument of torture; it only gradually becomes intelligible by the light of Christ: he has transfigured it.

Frequently Jesus constantly, for he is your all. The hermit lives an 'evangelical life'. How then can he not want to make the Christ of the Gospel live again in his mind and heart? Metaphysics cannot fill the heart. If there are spiritual senses and spiritual feelings, there are also spiritual emotions, confounding the psychologists of the schools but well known to those who live an interior life. You will not follow the Master in vain through every incident of his earthly life, devouring him with the eyes of your heart, observing his attitudes and actions, drinking in his words, sharing his sorrows and joys, praying with him, joining his disciples. Something very different from the platonic sympathy of the textual critic will be born in you. The hermit has to live the friendship extended to him by Christ (JN 15:15). There is nothing romantic about this attempt to reconstruct the past. One great principle consecrates it, sending light and joy flooding into our souls:

By his beatific and his infused knowledge, Jesus then knew everything about you: your inmost thoughts, the secret motions of your will, whether for good or ill. On earth he was living with and for you. Twenty centuries later you make actual contact with him who read the mind of Nathanael from afar (JN 1:48). That Christ should have received more comfort and suffered less is your responsibility.

You know him better than you do your dearest friends. In him, there is no dark, disquieting corner. . ." pg.62,63 THE HERMITAGE WITHIN By A Monk

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