Deeper magic

January 4, 2016 (Timu): John Polkinghorne writes in his book One World: "On this view [that miracles can be likened to a 'phase change' in physics, e.g. the move from ordinary conduction in metals to superconductivity], as in the Fourth Gospel, miracles are seen, not as celestial conjuring tricks, but as signs, insights into a …

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Dragonseed

"But," said Lewis, "myths are lies, even though lies breathed through silver." "No," said Tolkien, "they are not." An excerpt from J.R.R. Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia": The heart of man is not compound of lies, but draws some wisdom from the only Wise, and still recalls Him. Though now long estranged, Man is not wholly lost nor …

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Matter articulate

From the epilogue of Denys Turner's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas: Thomas's matter speaks, it overflows with meaning. For what are human beings but matter articulate, animals that in speaking make sounds utter, and in writing make literate shapes?... Articulate animals that were are, our bodies speak to one another, and through word and gesture …

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Grammar of God

September 14, 2015: For a long time, I've had a nagging sense that we, as a human race, don't really know who we are, where we came from, or where we're going. That is not to say there aren't standard answers to these questions - there are, many of them. But to me they seem …

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World exegesis

July 26, 2015, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: I'm frustrated right now reading a theological book. It's interesting and insightful...but it's mostly an exegesis of other texts, a dialogue with other authors. That's all well and good, if you like shuffling around endlessly the ideas of men and women. But I'm frustrated because by exegeting …

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Word of life

On July 19, 2015, I recorded more quotes from the French Jesuit priest, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. His book Abandonment to Divine Providence totally rocked my world. Here he is writing about the word of life that sounds in the depths of each one of us: in our minds, hearts, and - though we are not used …

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Divine science

July 8, 2015, in Kampala, Uganda: De Caussade: "No one becomes learned in the science of God either by the reading of books, or by the inquisitive investigation of history. The science that is acquired by such means is vain and confused, producing much pride. That which instructs us is what happens from one moment …

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Living gospels

July 5, 2015: In my reading this morning, Jean-Pierre de Caussade waxed eloquent on the subject of divine speech-as-action: "Of life of Jesus! Comprehending and extending beyond all the centuries of time, life effecting new operations of grace at every moment... "How many Gospels would have to be written to record the history of all …

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Religion of evolution

June 12, 2015: Teilhard de Chardin shows me the cause I am to help push forward: "A Religion of Evolution: that, when all is said and done, is what Man needs ever more explicitly if he is to survive and 'super-live', as soon as he becomes conscious of his power to ultrahominize himself and of …

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True Man

"He who is the spirit of the Logos in me, whom I perceive, must increase. I, my ego being, must decrease. I must prepare the ways and make straight the paths for Him who comes after me, whose messenger as an ego-being I am, the messenger of the light of the world which will one …

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