Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thought for the day

I was reading the introduction to the book of Hebrews in the Mirror Translation this morning and the author, Francois Du Toit added this quote by Emile Mersch into his prelude. It is beautiful and escorted me into yet another revelation of my union with God. 

"Look within. Don't be afraid to use your mind to
the utmost and to seek your deepest center. Far from this attention to the deepest realm of
the human spirit walling you up within yourself, it will open out on to the whole mystery of
the universe and the human race. It will show You your union with the forests and birds and
distant galaxies, and every other human being who ever was or ever will be. And this kind of
metaphysical seeing will give you a tiny glimpse of the fiery mystery of existence from which
all things have come and by which they are continually sustained and to which they strive to
return. But as splendid as this mystery is, it is meant to draw you into the mystery of Christ. The
Word of God has become flesh, and by taking a human nature in that very act has
transformed it and transforms, as well, the universe and the human race. You have a new
being in Christ in which you share through him in the very life of the Trinity." - Emile Mersch (inner

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Happy Trinity Is Her Home

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with C.S Lewis's masterpiece 'The Great Divorce.' Although entirely fictional, this book bears a weight of revelation and wisdom that is unprecedented. At times I feel my heart leaping with excitement at the prospects of paradise and at other times it ached to experience these transcendent realities in the here and now. 
This is an exert from chapter 12, and although unnamed, I believe it is Lewis's poetic paraphrase of Psalm 91. It's pure literary brilliance. 

The happy trinity is her home, 
Nothing can trouble her joy.
She is the bird that evades every net,
 The wild deer that leaps every pitfall.
Like the mother bird to its chickens or a shield to the armed knight,
 So is the Lord to her mind, his unchanging lucidity.

Bogies will not scare her in the dark,
 Bullets will not frighten her in the day.
Falsehoods tricked out as truths assail her in vain,
 She sees through the lie as if it were glass.
The invisible germ will not harm her,
 Nor yet the glittering sun-stroke.
A thousand fail to solve the problem, ten thousand chose the wrong turning,
But she passes safely through.

He details immortal gods to attend her,
 Upon every road where she must travel.
They take her hand at hard places,
 She will not stub her toes in the dark.
She may walk among lions and rattlesnakes,
 Among dinosaurs and nurseries of lionets.
He fills her brim full with immensity of life,
 He leads her to see the world’s desire.