Saturday, 30 June 2012

Gabrielle Bossis - The last Altar of Repose is in heaven

Thanks from the Canada Edmington Group at the International Eucharistic Congress.
We were happy to welcome the pilgrims as they came to Nunraw Abbey

Precious Blood Chalice Christ
July devoted to the Precious Blood 


Gabrielle Bossis, HE AND i, p.338

June 16,1949 - Corpus Christi (As I awakened)
"Happy Feast Day, my dear God."

( ... ) "Can you seek Me and not find Me? Here or there, am I not always waiting for you? Since I love you so dearly, just let yourself be loved and come to meet My love. Then it will really be Corpus Christi, My feast.

You know, there need not be any interruption between Corpus Christi on earth and Corpus Christi in heaven. The procession never stops. The last Altar of Repose is in heaven – the Heart of God where My blessed ones live. So begin right now to sing and thank and adore. Do you know what an Altar of Repose is? It's an élan of love and joy, an outburst of enthusiasm. So put altars of repose into your life, into each one of your days.

Take a moment to love Us better. To talk to Me about yourself, above all about your weaknesses. I know them well, but in telling Me about them you wipe them out, just as though you wrote them on the moving sand of the great desert that the wind never ceases to restore, smooth and unwrinkled. This is what My love does. It never ceases to act. Leave yourself to Me.
Be the clay and let Me be the Potter. Often – I was going to say, 'always'."



Headline from the Catholic Herald:
Pope asks all to join in hour of Adoration
On June 2, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in most countries, the Pope will lead the solemn adoration of the Eucharist and is asking every cathedral and parish to have an hour of silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament at exactly the same hour, Archbishop Fisichella said.


Friday, 29 June 2012

Peter and Paul Solemnity Homily

Cistercian Breviary

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Ss Peter and Paul
Saints Peter and Paul were both called to be Apostles and both shed their blood for Christ.   But another thing they had in common was that both of them had their self confidence deeply shaken in their encounters with Jesus.  Peter was shaken by his triple denial of Jesus at the trial and Paul by his Damascus experience.  But there the similarity ends.  In fact the contrast between these two great Saints could hardly be greater. 

Peter was always one of the twelve,  – a bunch mostly of fishermen-friends who all knew each other.  Some of them were even related to each other.  Paul’s call, on the other hand, was a very solitary one, a call that left him alone; isolated from all his previous acquaintances.
Peter was simple and relatively uneducated; Paul was about as highly educated as one could be in Jewish society.

Peter was headstrong, and impulsive. When Jesus called him to walk on the water, he immediately leapt over the side. When he was faced with the mob in Gethsemani he drew his sword and struck out with it.  At the trial, when he cursed and swore that he knew not the man, it was an impulsive reaction of fear that spoke.  But the real deep Peter was the one who went out and wept bitterly over it.  
Paul, on the other hand, met crisis by withdrawing into himself in deep thought and careful analysis of the situation. For example, after his Damascus experience, he withdrew into three days of fasting and prayer.  Again, in typical fashion, when he found that his doctrine regarding freedom from the old law was being undermined by Peter and James, he didn’t just explode in self assurance of the correctness of his teaching and go off on his own way; that is how most divisions in the Church begin; no he went up to meet and consult with the other apostles and have the whole matter thrashed out among them.

Thus the two great pillars of the Church stand in marked contrast to each other and yet at the same time with a complementarity that was surely providential for the solid foundation of Christ’s Church.  

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Saint Irénée, Lyon, France





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Saint of the day: 28th June

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

Bishop. Born in Smyrna around 140, as a boy he was a friend of St Polycarp who had heard St John the Evangelist preach.

"The things we learn in childhood are part of our soul," he wrote. St Irenaeus cherished Polycarp's teachings, saying they were written "not on paper but in my heart."

St Irenaeus was an important theologian. He fought against false teachings and wrote a systematic presentation of Catholic doctrine.

He died at Lyon in 200 and was buried in the crypt of the church of St John. In 1562 his shrine was destroyed by Calvinists.







Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Cyril - Defender of the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary

COMMENT: The Google search on, 'Defender of the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary'
   About 3,610,000 results (0.60 seconds).
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Wednesday 27 June 2012   

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor
Theotokos
Night Office and Mass – The Word (Lectio Divine) today seemed to in neutral gear until the prayer of the COLLECT opened up ‘the daylight.’
“Almighty God and Father, you gave Saint Cyril of Alexandria the grace to defend vigorously the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary.”
The Commentary of St. Cyril speaks of his life, of his love Mary, Mother of God and in faith of Emmanuel, Christ, the one true Son, both God and man. 


Wednesday 27 June 2012   
Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor

Reading
From a letter by Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop
Defender of the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God of our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord’s disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers.

In the third book of his work on the holy and consubstantial Trinity, our father Athanasius, of glorious memory, several times refers to the holy Virgin as “Mother of God.” I cannot resist quoting his own words: “As I have often told you, the distinctive mark of holy Scripture is that it was written to make a twofold declaration concerning our Saviour; namely, that he is and has always been God, since he is the Word, Radiance and Wisdom of the Father; and that for our sake in these latter days he took flesh from the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and became man.”

  Again further on he says: “There have been many holy men, free from all sin. Jeremiah was sanctified in his mother’s womb, and John while still in the womb leaped for joy at the voice of Mary, the Mother of God.” Athanasius is a man we can trust, one who deserves our complete confidence, for he taught nothing contrary to the sacred books.

The divinely inspired Scriptures affirm that the Word of God was made flesh, that is to say, he was united to a human body endowed with a rational soul. He undertook to help the descendants of Abraham, fashioning a body for himself from a woman and sharing our flesh and blood, to enable us to see in him not only God, but also, by reason of this union, a man like ourselves.

It is held, therefore, that there are in Emmanuel two entities, divinity and humanity. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ is nonetheless one, the one true Son, both God and man; not a deified man on the same footing as those who share the divine nature by grace, but true God who for our sake appeared in human form. We are assured of this by Saint Paul’s declaration: When the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law and to enable us to be adopted as sons.



Let us pray.
Almighty God and Father, you gave Saint Cyril of Alexandria the grace to defend vigorously the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary.
  We believe she is truly the Mother of God; grant that we may be saved by Christ your Son, made man,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.
Amen.

 QUOTE:
Cyril's theme: "Only if it is one and the same Christ who is consubstantial with the Father and with men can he save us, for the meeting ground between God and man is the flesh of Christ. Only if this is God's own flesh can man come into contact with Christ's divinity through his humanity. Because of our kinship with the Word made flesh we are sons of God. The Eucharist consummates our kinship with the word, our communion with the Father, our sharing in the divine nature—there is very real contact between our body and that of the Word" (New Catholic Encyclopedia).

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

COMMENT Breviariun Cisterciense


Litugical visuals - Scriptural texts illustrate the Cistercian Breviary, the Missals, Antiphonaries, etc.. 
The detail of the engravings is amazing. 
Scenes within scenes unfold the Biblical events.  
Contemplation nourishes the spirit.
Who was the Artist, or the school of artisans?
The survivors from the Westmalle Abbey printery may be able to tell us the story of the dedicated industry.


In Nativitate S. Joannis Baptistae
Breviariun Cisterciense


1.    1Ki 21:18  Arise, and go down to meet Achab, king of Israel (DRB)
1Ki 21:18  surge et descende in occursum Ahab regis Israhel (Vulgate)

2.     Jer 1:5  Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, (DRB)
Jer 1:5  antequam exires de vulva sanctificavi te (Vulgate)

3.    Isa 49:1  The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother. (DRB)
Isa 49:1  …  Dominus ab utero vocavit me de ventre matris meae ...(Vulgate)

4.    Luk 1:63  Then Zachariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote, His name is John. (DRB)
Luk 1:63  et postulans pugillarem scripsit dicens Iohannes est nomen eius .. ...(Vulgate).

5.     Isa 40:3  The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God. (DRB)
Isa 40:3  vox clamantis in deserto parate viam Domini (Vulgate).

6.    Mal 3:1  Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way (DRB)  
Mal 3:1  ecce ego mittam angelum meum et praeparabit viam   (Vulgate).

7.    Isa 6:6  And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a live coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the altar. (DRB)
Isa 6:6  et volavit ad me unus de seraphin et in manu eius calculus quem forcipe tulerat de altari (Vulgate).


Monday, 25 June 2012

DGO restored. Thank you.

Sacristan goes for chalices
Daily Gospel - there was a breakdown of  the DGO Website for a few days. It was quickly remedied.
Appreciated and thanks for the Mass Readings and daily Commentary.
The restoration is marked by a Saint Benedict commentary for the day. 
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 7:6.12-14.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012.
On the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time. 
  . 
Commentary of the day :   
Saint Benedict (480-547), monk 
The Rule, Prologue 




“ Enter through the narrow gate ”

The Lord, seeking his laborer in the multitude to whom he thus cries out, says again, "Who would have life and desires to see good days?" (Ps. 34:13) And if, hearing him, you answer, "I am the one," God says to you, "If you will have true and everlasting life, keep your tongue from evil and your lips that they speak no guile. Turn away from evil and do good; seek after peace and pursue it" (Ps. 34:14-15)... What can be sweeter to us, dear brothers, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? In his loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life. Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in his paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his Kingdom (1 Th 2:12). For if we wish to dwell in the tent of that kingdom, we must run to it by good deeds or we shall never reach it. Let us ask the Lord, with the prophet, "Lord, who shall dwell in your tent, or who shall rest upon your holy mountain?" (Ps. 15:1) After this question, brothers, let us listen to the Lord as he answers and shows us the way...

      And so we are going to establish a school for the service of the Lord. In founding it we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome. But if a certain strictness results from the dictates of equity for the amendment of vices or the preservation of charity, do not be at once dismayed and fly from the way of salvation, whose entrance cannot but be narrow. For as we advance in life and in faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God's commandments with unspeakable sweetness of love (Ps. 119:32). Thus, never departing from his schooling but persevering in the monastery according to his teaching until death, we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:13) and deserve to have a share also in his Kingdom.



Sunday, 24 June 2012

Birth John Baptist - Homily



'His name is John'. Cistercian Breviary

 Homily - Abbot Mark.   


Birth of John the Baptist,. (24 August,2012)
            Homily  11.00 am
John the Baptist is the only person outside the Holy Family to have two days set aside for him in the Church’s universal calendar.  He is obviously an important person in the life of the Church.  John links the two Testaments.  He is born in the Old to prepare the way for the New.  In later life John comes over in the gospels as rather a fierce character.  Films, plays, and even opera have portrayed him as a wild man, even a fanatic.  It makes for good theatre.
There are people who preach religion but for all their fine words reveal only themselves.  There are others who never get in the way of their message  but point beyond themselves.  John was caught up by his love for God and the desire he had to bring the hearts of people back to God.  However blunt his words, he did not claim anything for himself.  John was humble.  When he recognised Jesus, John knew his work was nearly over.  “He must grow greater”, he said and, “I must grow less.”  John knew when to let go.
As an only child born to elderly parents who had long ago given up hope of having a family, John the Baptist must have been a much-loved child.  At the same time it is very likely that he was a spoiled one as well.  .  Elizabeth and Zechariah knew that their son was even more special than other children.  The meaning of his name is “God’s gracious gift”.  The name, John, broke with the tradition of his family and yet both father and mother had independently picked it.  They were of course inspired by the Holy Spirit
The people throughout the area were speaking about the unusual circumstances of his birth.  He was quite a little celebrity.  And it was the same when he began his ministry.  Crowds flocked to him and, for a while, he was again a celebrity.  This time the whole of Jerusalem were talking about him.  Some were saying openly that he was the Messiah.  Talk like this could go easily to a man’s head.
And yet, somehow John was aware, deep within himself, that he was not the one the people thought he was.  He knew that there was one coming after him who was more important than he was and that his job was to step aside and make way for him...This labour without reward or recognition must have been hard at times.   As he lay in prison hearing about the crowds now following Jesus, he must have wondered if he had toiled in vain and had exhausted himself for nothing.  Surely there must have been times in that prison when he hankered again for his younger days when people were over-awed by him and he was both popular and successful.
John’s experience is a kind of model for all those whose best days are behind them.  Men and women who were once well-known and had succeeded in their lives, inevitably have to give way to others younger than themselves.
We should remember such people as they try to cope with the changed circumstances in their lives.  They are not now useless, simply that their circumstances have changed.  They do need to adapt to a changed reality where their usefulness is not ended but different.  They can always do something else.  And, if that becomes too difficult, they can certainly be themselves. 
John himself remains a model for us in that he shows that we can and should step aside so that Christ is the one who stands first in our lives.  We find Christ when the time comes for us to step back and let the other people in our lives and our work move into a more central role.
John let go when the time came, and - with his help - so can we!




Birth John Baptist Homily



'His name is John'. Cistercian Breviary

 Homily - Abbot Mark.   


Birth of John the Baptist,. (24 August,2012)
            Homily  11.00 am
John the Baptist is the only person outside the Holy Family to have two days set aside for him in the Church’s universal calendar.  He is obviously an important person in the life of the Church.  John links the two Testaments.  He is born in the Old to prepare the way for the New.  In later life John comes over in the gospels as rather a fierce character.  Films, plays, and even opera have portrayed him as a wild man, even a fanatic.  It makes for good theatre.
There are people who preach religion but for all their fine words reveal only themselves.  There are others who never get in the way of their message  but point beyond themselves.  John was caught up by his love for God and the desire he had to bring the hearts of people back to God.  However blunt his words, he did not claim anything for himself.  John was humble.  When he recognised Jesus, John knew his work was nearly over.  “He must grow greater”, he said and, “I must grow less.”  John knew when to let go.
As an only child born to elderly parents who had long ago given up hope of having a family, John the Baptist must have been a much-loved child.  At the same time it is very likely that he was a spoiled one as well.  .  Elizabeth and Zechariah knew that their son was even more special than other children.  The meaning of his name is “God’s gracious gift”.  The name, John, broke with the tradition of his family and yet both father and mother had independently picked it.  They were of course inspired by the Holy Spirit
The people throughout the area were speaking about the unusual circumstances of his birth.  He was quite a little celebrity.  And it was the same when he began his ministry.  Crowds flocked to him and, for a while, he was again a celebrity.  This time the whole of Jerusalem were talking about him.  Some were saying openly that he was the Messiah.  Talk like this could go easily to a man’s head.
And yet, somehow John was aware, deep within himself, that he was not the one the people thought he was.  He knew that there was one coming after him who was more important than he was and that his job was to step aside and make way for him...This labour without reward or recognition must have been hard at times.   As he lay in prison hearing about the crowds now following Jesus, he must have wondered if he had toiled in vain and had exhausted himself for nothing.  Surely there must have been times in that prison when he hankered again for his younger days when people were over-awed by him and he was both popular and successful.
John’s experience is a kind of model for all those whose best days are behind them.  Men and women who were once well-known and had succeeded in their lives, inevitably have to give way to others younger than themselves.
We should remember such people as they try to cope with the changed circumstances in their lives.  They are not now useless, simply that their circumstances have changed.  They do need to adapt to a changed reality where their usefulness is not ended but different.  They can always do something else.  And, if that becomes too difficult, they can certainly be themselves. 
John himself remains a model for us in that he shows that we can and should step aside so that Christ is the one who stands first in our lives.  We find Christ when the time comes for us to step back and let the other people in our lives and our work move into a more central role.
John let go when the time came, and - with his help - so can we!




Gabrielle Bossis 24 June 1948


It is an anniversary of Ordination, 24 June of Birth of John Baptist, the thought prompted a search in "YOU AND i" of Gabrielle Bossis.
Gabrielle wrote an entry of 24 June 1948 and, always, it is timely.
Her Holy Hour is 'At home, looking at a bust of Christ' this time and it so happens that there is a bust of  Christ is out of my room in the offices cloister.
Attached is the illustration with this prayer.


HE AND i 
1948. p.297
June 24 - Holy hour.
At home, looking at a bust of Christ.
"I am the Head. You are My arms raised toward the Father. Let us glorify Him together My child. Put your whole heart into it; I mean your will. And you will be exalted. And your union with Me, the Head of the Body, will give you power undreamed of. All that is good in you is I Myself. So make room for Me.

Long for My consciousness to take over yours. Let yours go as you assume Mine. I don't make, as it were, official use of My instruments in you at every moment. But at every moment it should be your joyous privilege to have them in readiness for Me.
You remember the story of the little maid whom the King condescended to employ and who charmed him so much by her faithful service that he raised her to the rank of his most intimate friends? So united did they become that her one and only desire was to remain with him forever.

Gabrielle, what name does your love invent for Me?" "Lord, I find no name worthy of You."
"Then just love Me without giving Me a name."  

John the Baptist Nativity


In Nativitate S. Joannis BaptistaeBreviariun Cistercienseor click original size

Sunday, 24 June 2012
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist 
Solemnity

The birth of St. John was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple. It was the office of St. John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God. Even in the womb he knew the presence of Jesus and of Mary, and he leaped with joy at the glad coming of the son of man. In his youth he remained hidden, because he for whom he waited was hidden also.
But before Christ's public life began, a divine impulse led St. John into the desert; there, with locusts for his food and haircloth on his skin, in silence and in prayer, he chastened his own soul. Then, as crowds broke in upon his solitude, he warned them to flee from the wrath to come, and gave them the baptism of penance, while they confessed their sins. At last there stood in the crowd One whom St. John did not know, till a voice within told him that it was his Lord. With the baptism of St. John, Christ began his penance for the sins of his people, and St. John saw the Holy Spirit descend in bodily form upon Him. Then the Saint's work was done. He had but to point his own disciples to the Lamb, he had but to decrease as Christ increased. He saw all men leave him and go after Christ. "I told you," he said, "that I am not the Christ. The friend of the Bridegroom rejoiceth because of the Bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled."
St. John had been cast into the fortress of Machærus by a worthless tyrant whose crimes be had rebuked, and he was to remain there till he was beheaded, at the will of a girl who danced before this wretched king. In this time of despair, if St. John could have known despair, some of his old disciples visited him. St. John did not speak to them of himself, but he sent them to Christ, that they might see the proofs of his mission.
Then the Eternal Truth pronounced the panegyric of the Saint who had lived and breathed for Him alone: "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist"

Barbieri Giovanni Francesco Saint John The Baptist


Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
















Daily Gospel
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Raphael Arnaiz Baron - DGO extract -


      Raphael  to know how now to WAIT                                      
Thank you,
William.     
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Sent: Saturday, 23 June 2012, 20:30
Subject: DGO extract - Raphael Arnaiz Baron

Dear Father Donald,
There is a deeply personal prayer on DGO illustrating today's Gospel that I find very moving.
Following the examples of personal prayer of Blossis, this holds the same spiritual beauty....
William
  
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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Saturday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time


Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:24-34.
Jesus said to his disciples: «No one can serve two masters.


Commentary of the day : 

Saint Raphael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938), a Spanish Trappist monk 
To know how to wait, 04/03/1938, (trans. Mairin Mitchell) 

"If God so clothes the grass of the field... will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?"
Today I take up my pen in the name of God, so that my words, imprinting themselves on the white paper, may give service in perpetual praise of God, the blessed author of my life, my soul, my heart. I would like the whole Universe, with all the planets, stars, and the countless sidereal systems, to be a vast smooth surface on which could be written the name of God. I would like my voice to be stronger than a thousand thunders, more powerful than the surge of the sea, more fearful than the eruption of volcanoes, only to say the name of God. I would like my heart to be as great as Heaven, pure as that of the angels, guileless as that of the dove (Mt 10,16), so that it could possess God. But as none of these grandiose dreams can be realized, satisfy yourself, Brother Rafael, with little, and you who are nothing, that very nothing must suffice...

Why keep silent about it? Why hide it? Why not cry out to the whole world, and proclaim to the four winds the wonders of God? Why not say to everyone what they would like to hear: “You see what I am? You see what I was? You see my wretchedness dragged through the mire? No matter – marvel at it – in spite of everything, I have God. God is my friend!” God loves me so deeply that if the whole world understood this everyone would go mad and shout in sheer amazement. Still more, all that is but a little. God loves me so much that the angels themselves don't understand it! (cf. 1Pt 1,12) How great is the mercy of God! To love me, to be my friend, my brother, my father, my master. To be God! And I to be what I am!

Oh Jesus! I don't have paper or pen. What can I say? How am I not to go mad!


Saturday, 23 June 2012

NEW New Testament COMMENT



Fr. Nivard pointed out this comment from the Nicholas King's translation of the New Testament, quoting from Desmond Tutu.
It obviously challenges us to take to heart, "The translation hits you betweeen the eyes."  


THE NEW TESTAMENT
Freshly translated with a cutting-edge commentary
Nicholas King's translation of the New Testament has been greeted with huge acclaim by readers, Church leaders, critics and scholars who agreed unanimously with the reviewer who described it as 'dynamite'. Typically Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: 'The translation hits you between the eyes.'
Nicholas King is now translating the Old Testament which will appear in four volumes:



Thursday, 21 June 2012

Trinity COMMENT



Dear William,
Thank you for Trinity heaven searching.
For the moment the PDF is not attachable in Blogspot, only as graphic..
It is good of you to revise it to Word format.
Your COMMENT keeps us up 'to awaken clarity of thought!'
Donald





Reflection on Conceptual Knowledge and Contemplation OF GOD


KNOWLEDGE (taken from the world, developed by sense, imagination)

Quiddity (of nature)
I AM A HUMAN BEING
GOD IS THE ETERNAL BEING
the inherent nature of someone or something.

 

REASON (progression of conceptual knowledge)

Essential (of essence)
I AM HUMAN
GOD IS ETERNAL
fundamental to the nature of something or someone







CONTEMPLATION (end of discursive reason)

Existential (of existence
.    I AM   .
   GOD IS    .
affirming or implying the existence of a thing





[# limited #] 
< no limit >

the essence limits
the essence of God

the existence of
is identical to

the creature
His existence
Exodus 3:14

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM
GOD IS
and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children
EXISTENCE ITSELF
of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
"I AM THAT I AM”

by creation >                originating from >    whence I came

by divinisation >              absorbed into >      hence I AM



           

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: William Wardle

To: Dom Donald.Nunraw

Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012, 12:18

Subject: [Blog] Breviary illustration - Exodus 3:14 (diagram)


Dear Father Donald,



Your Trinity Breviary etchings fascinate me, and I ponder the attached most lovingly for it represents the greatest mystery of all, and has me mesmerized! It sent me back into my RCIA folder for another diagram to awaken clarity of thought! I wonder if I might attach it to share with you. In it I tried to order my thoughts from reading an inspiring book on the Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing by William Johnston, in order to express the Existence of God alongside that of humanity, and in conclusion - by arriving at who we are, to consider Who God is.
From a gentle meander across a horizontal plain I ended up at a virtual cliff face!
Still wandering around the cloisters in the silent hours before dawn...
With my love in Our Lord,
William
PS. The breviary psalm at Lauds this morning set me before your burnished tabernacle, with the words "How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord God of hosts".
When I go for the shopping today, a little bit of the housekeeping will be spent in Boots Photoshop on prints of the Exposition I witnessed!