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"In writing, it seems to me, one is trying primarily to tell the truth about reality, to pull back the curtain and reveal how the world functions. The political effect of such writing, or the revolutionary effect it could have, is not in recruiting people to a certain cause - to revolution - but in enabling them to see how the world around them works, instead of all the ways it's workings are usually veiled from them. So that as they continue to encounter it, they may freely evaluate and choose and shape the world which has so often misshapen them."
Rick Salutin


"I understand something of what you say, but what does it mean to realize oneself?"

"It is a philosophical concept, I can't express it in any other way. For us disciples of Aristotle and St. Thomas, it is the hightest of all concepts: perfect being. God is perfect being. Everything else that exists is only half, only a part, is becoming, is mixed, is made up of potentialities. But God is not mixed. He is one, he has no potentialities but is the total, the complete reality. Whereas we are transitory, we are becoming, we are potentials; there is no perfection for us, no complete being. But wherever we go, from potential to deed, from possibility to realization, we participate in true being, become by a degree more similar to the perfect and divine. That is what it means to realize oneself."
Hermann Hesse


"Our notion of Heaven involves perpetual negations: no food, no drink, no sex, no movement, no mirth, no events, no time, no art....

The exclusion of the lower goods begins to seem the essential characteristic of the higher good. We feel, if we do not say, that the vision of God will come not to fulfill but to destroy our nature: this bleak fantasy often underlies our very use of such words as 'holy' or 'pure' or 'spiritual'.

We must not allow this to happen if we can possibly prevent it. We must believe- and therefore in some degree imagine - that every negation will be only the reverse side of a fulfilling. And we must mean by that fulfilling, precisely, of our humanity; not our transformation into angels nor our absorption into Deity. For though we shall be 'as the angels' and made 'like unto' our Master, I think this means 'like with the likeness proper to men': as different instruments that play the same air but each in it's own fashion.

How far the life of the risen man will be sensory we do not know. But I surmise it will be different from the sensory life we know here, not as emptiness differs from water or water from wine, but as a flower differs from a bulb or a cathedral from an architect's drawing."
C.S. Lewis

Mirror Covenant exists, in part, to work on that imagination. Only when we realize in Heaven we will be whole can we begin to understand how very far from Heaven we are now.


"Let us picture a woman thrown into a dungeon. There she bears and rears a son. He grows up seeing nothing but the dungeon wall, the straw on the floor, and a little patch of the sky seen through the grating, which is too high up to show anything but sky. This unfortunate woman was an artist, and when they imprisoned her she managed to bring with her a drawing pad and a box of pencils."

"As she never loses the hope of her deliverance she is constantly teaching her son about that outer world which he has never seen. She does it very largely by drawing him pictures. With her pencil she attempts to show him what fields, rivers, mountains, cities and waves on a beach are like. He is a dutiful boy and he does his best to believe her when she tells him that that outer world is far more interesting and glorious than anything in the dungeon. At times he succeeds."

"On the whole he gets on tolerably well until, one day, he says something that gives his mother pause. For a moment or two they are at crosspurposes. Finally it dawns on her that he has, all these years, lived under a misconception. 'But', she gasps, 'you didn't think that the real world was full of lines drawn in lead pencil?' "

" 'What?' says the boy. 'No pencil marks there?' And instantly his whole notion of the outer world becomes a blank. For the lines, by which alone he was imagining it, have now been denied of it."

"He has no idea of that which will exclude and dispense with the lines, that of which the lines were merely a transposition - the waving treetops, the light dancing on the weir, the coloured three-dimensional realities which are not enclosed in lines but define their own shapes at every moment with a delicacy and multiplicity which no drawing could ever achieve. The child will get the idea that the real world is somehow less visible than his mother's pictures. In reality it lacks lines because it is incomparably more visible."

"So with us. 'We know now what we shall be'; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth. Our natural experiences (sensory, emotional, imaginative) are only like a drawing, like penciled lines on flat paper. If they vanish in the risen life, they will vanish only as pencil lines vanish from a real landscape; not as a candle flame that is put out, but as a candle flame which becomes invisible because someone has pulled up a blind, thrown open the shutters, and let in the blaze of the risen sun."
C.S. Lewis


"The adversary again applauds, and waits the hour: when they have branched themselves out, saith he, small enough into parties and partitions, then will be our time. Fool! he sees not the firm root, out of which we all grow, though into branches: nor will beware until he see our small divided maniples cutting through at every angle of his ill-united and unwieldy brigade. And that we are to hope better of all these supposed sects and schisms, and that we shall not need that solicitude, honest perhaps, though over-timorous, of them that vex in this behalf, but shall laugh in the end at those malicious applauders of our differences, I have these reasons to persuade me."
John Milton


"But analysis and quantification are precisely what you can never do with the self, the "I", the single subject that unifies all the objects in our experience into a single world, as the narrator of a novel unifies all the ingredients into one novel, the object of his consciousness."
Peter Kreeft


"There came to me one of the seven angels who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, 'Come here, I will show you the Bride, the Lamb's wife.'

He carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like a most precious gem, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

It had a wall great and high with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

He who talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city and the gates and the wall. The city lies foursquare, the length being as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

The building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

I saw no temple there, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine in it, for the glory of God lit it, and the Lamb is it's light.

The nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it. The gates of it will not be shut at all by day: for there will be no night there. They will bring the glory and honour of the nations into it, and there will in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither anything that works abomination or makes a lie, but they who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there will be no more curse: but the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it; and His servants will serve Him and see His face; and His name will be in their foreheads. There will be no night there. They need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they will reign for ever and ever.

And he said to me, 'These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show to His servants the things which must shortly be done.'

'Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he who keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book.'

And I John saw these things, and heard them. When I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, 'See you do it not: for I am your fellowservant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.'

And he said to me, 'Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.'

'Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.'

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.

'I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.'

The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'. And let him that hears say, 'Come'. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life freely. For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man will add to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man will take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

He who testifies these things says, 'Surely I come quickly.'

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."

Revelation 21:9-22:7

 


BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Holy Bible

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
Narcissus and Goldmond

Peter Kreeft ( )
C.S. Lewis For The Third Millennium ( )

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
The Weight of Glory (1949)

John Milton (1608-1674)
Areopagitica (1644)

Toronto Arts Group for Human Rights
The Writer and Human Rights (1983)

 


"Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape most glorious to look on: but when he ascended, and his Apostles after him were laid asleep, then straight arose a wicked race of deceivers, who, as that story goes of the Egyptian Typhon with his conspirators, how they dealt with the good Osiris, took the virgin Truth, hewed her lovely form into a thousand pieces, and scattered them to the four winds."

"From that time ever since, the sad friends of Truth, such as durst appear, imitating the careful search that Isis made for the mangled body of Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb, still as they could find them. We have not yet found them all, Lords and Commons, nor ever shall do, till her Master's second coming; he shall bring together every joint and member, and shall mould them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection."
John Milton

Truth came indeed, but the dismemberment occurred before I was born. So my initial experience is with evil.
Predator

Then I seek to go beyond the evil and confusion.
Deep

The world tells me there is no Truth, and that my quest is in vain.
Void

Discovering the image of Truth puts me out of synch with my culture.
Epiphany

Truth brings me personal rejection as well.
Shards & Facets

The quest seeks Love as well as Truth.
Personal God

But our personal relationships begin with faces at a distance.
Stranger

Discovering your friends and countrymen begins the process of opening your heart.
Compatriot

The search for Truth and the search for love must be brought into intimate union in order to be productive.
Beyond Self

Many forces seek to destroy this union, and many dark places must be braved to find the scattered pieces.
Generation

Now that we have found many pieces, it is time to bring them together.
Lattice

Once the form is restored, we await only the breath of Life to again become a living being: the Bride of Christ.
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