GOD, unto whom all hearts be open, and unto whom all will speaketh, and unto whom no privy thing is hid. I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee, and worthily praise Thee. Amen.
– The Cloud of Unknowing
Let me introduce you to Lightwithspirit and something she wrote that speaks to me about spirituality.
Catholic teaching also instills spiritual yearning; it opens up a well of grace that constantly needs to be lived and refilled.
Do you have a yearning for deeper spirituality? How are you filling that “well of Grace” spoken about in the quote above? Our discussion for this posting will delve a little into spiritual yearnings.
Surfers, head on over to a blog by Kullervo. He is a self-professed guy on a mission to find deeper spirituality.
Do you feel that you are on a mission for deeper spirituality? Perhaps you feel that the wheels of spirituality are off the track?
Have you ever considered looking for a spiritual director? Someone to take you to a deeper level of spiritual growth? Ever wonder how you might start this process? I found an article that might help you.
I have found that there is deep spirituality in the ancient mystics. Just by reading their work I have learned how to contemplate the hermitage within my soul. The ancients were mostly hermits and contemplative. I discovered more writings from about 500 CE and I thought I would share them with you.
The Cloud of Unknowing is primarily concerned with how best to conduct one’s interior life so that one can ultimately become one with the Beloved, or God. Purgation of earthly desires and material preoccupations is an important theme in the work, since those elements stand in the way of illumination, or knowledge of God. However, The cloud of unknowing that the title refers to cannot be cleared away through knowledge alone, but only through love. By repeatedly and fervently invoking the simplest prayer, consisting wholly of a one-syllable word such as “love,” one can push aside the reasoning mind and other distractions that keep the believer from union with God. The Cloud of Unknowing emphasizes a personal approach to God which, at the time it was written, was not condoned by the Roman Catholic Church. The writer of the treatise also cautions the reader to avoid false piety and sanctimoniousness and to always remain humble in his or her spritiual journey.
–Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Perhaps the Cloud of Unknowing is not your taste. It takes a lot to get used to this type of literature. You have to be a bit of an ancient text nerd to wade through the text. Not your cup of tea, well have a look at something a little more modern.
Our very lives seal the promise that God has made — that God’s loving approval never changes, no matter what.
– Homily by James Carroll March 13, 2011
Surfers, I will leave you with one last thought to take with you on your spiritual journey:
For in the love of JESUS; there shall be thine help. Love is such a power, that it maketh all thing common. Love therefore JESUS; and all thing that He hath, it is thine.
– Cloud of Unknowing