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Conference 2: Richard Rolle

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so today our topic is the wonderful i think very exciting english mystic richard role you said that young but he should be and he represents quite a wonderful compliment i think to the author the cloud and to watch hilton because if they are rather dry and
pros and i'm focused he is wild and poetic patient the poet and we i think very much need that in spirituality also but ours is a time of the psychological or psychiatric cycle during their peak etc it's a
a rediscovery of importance of deep affect the dangers of just too superficial emotion certainly but to realize that were also deep deep emotion feeling that's really what the audience also and he liberates that and he lets it explode into the area of spiritual
the so we can call it may be charismatic of the earliest fourteenth century he precedes the author of the cloud and walter chilton and he prepares the way for them in so many ways that they are very different from him
he's sometimes called the father of english prose eric bakker was an english teacher and a ticket should don't delight us english is i think the mother town of all of us and we love to communicate with one another also with our god in this first tongue we learned that our mother's knee while
i think it's extremely exciting to go back to the very first text of the english language and to find their texts of mysticism of lyrical him so praise of jesus and the holy spirit it's after this is wonderful so to recover this and at the critical editions are out of the middle
english of richard role of the cloud of water hilton to up struggle with these texts with some effort we can read them and that's that's a debate from adventure we have them in the volumes available in the updated modern english and several other things richard roll wrote he wrote in latin because he
was a oxford graduate perhaps also the sorbonne he knew he could be very latin it and scholarly but he intentionally chose to write his key texts in english to make them available to all god's people this will see one of his basic theme since that he's writing not
for the great scholars and academicians he's writing for the people because the people of jesus and jesus loves the people so just the use of the vernacular is a first of first kind of rendering very available to the people of popularizing in the very best sense
have fun of mysticism and spirituality
he's so the first rider in english to whom the name of mystic can be reasonably given also we have other early early texts but they're not he is obviously in specifically focused on spirituality mysticism we have choice or by chaucer as a full half century after him
so and he's the first to translate the psalter into english he anticipates martin luther by two and a half centuries so had at the roman catholic church kind of seen what he was up to maybe we could have trump appointed a lot of grief but up is up
pioneer in that way is the most prolific writer of the english mistakes so if you want a certain body of writing to keep you busy or go to him merch writer them simply that he's a delightful mystic that echoes the eastern church nothing that's wonderful it's a very he has his very depressed
very angry moments he said touch with the full range of a feeling he's almost more italian and english ship i see our italian american of back there surfing the hunting
but at this is good to get in touch with affect emotion feeling in in our prayer life so as such he has these incredible experiences of the feeling of heat and fire the hearing of music yet
this music whirling around him and it's the gift to the heavens the manifestation of god to him precisely through music or musicians present should enjoy him to commune with god it's to be bathed in music
fire heat music precisely for this reason he's criticized by some of theologians and mysticism saying he's just a little too emotional little little to a sensual is obviously not arrived at the greater heights of contemplative prayer that are characterized by this kind of just ineffable
silence and absence of effect
his defenders say this is absolute nonsense you can't take a pre-established model of what is fire and what is lower in mysticism and according to that say he slower and the author the cloud is higher in china across his highest and we have this wonderful rainbow range of mistakes that the good lord has given us
why don't we appreciate the ball so thomas merton was one of the early very emphatic defenders of richard role we shouldn't just set aside richard role as someone who didn't get beyond junior high school in the contemplative way so a merchant's essay again and mystics and seven masters on the english mystics
he starts as we do with an introduction than a section of to go with section on our water hilton section of the cloud and intersection or under
julian of norwich but he's just slugging all the way they're against the detractors of richard role and this has set a precedent and now at least that the latest scholars i've read are all on the side of richard role of a real resource for us
is the series the classics of western spirituality published by paulist press they published good critical editions of these people plus a very substantial introduction here's a fifty page introduction to retrieve role by a marvelous of english scholar and of all the way through
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i'm sorry i'm valerie a lego radio and of all the way through its this defense of richard role and one of the main points is that what characterizes him this sense for instance of light of being bathed in the divine on circumscribed light this is pure eastern church this is pure
which is precisely contemporary contemporary with a richard role and they had fax machines back then or something we would have suspected that gregory palomas was faxing off his writings to richard role by subversive it's amazing how in certain ages there's justice a synchronicity is
is this second naturelle a t of spiritually east-west between people who have not ever been able to meet but so merton points out that ecumenical is an important bridge with the eastern church if you're against him you can't really understand eastern orthodox mysticism if you love him he's an easy
way into eastern orthodox mysticism and then again in the west he's a wonderful ecumenical resources in a dialogue between the roman catholic church and the anglican communion because the anglican communion course claims the whole medieval heritage as we do so these are the great teachers spirituality for
the to sister churches as proper sixth call from so as we do spirituality it's for me it's for my inner life but it also has implications for the whole church or vatican two says that the humanism happens at the deepest level and what they called spiritual humanism
at this level of the world's that we have built a don't reach up that high so reconciled in these kind of wonderful texts
so he is a man of wide reading not to see and also learning in the tradition as well as the more recent authorities on the spiritual ip he knows of this is from novels who is the great benedictine who is the most severe critic of him in terms of being a quite a bit
danced mystic dogs acknowledges he's a wonderful misty for the first stages but criticizes what piece up way up there but a guinea as a whole range of writings he has his latin writings especially the fire of love and amending of life these have been translated in a wonderful
all edition by image with also a splendid introduction by del mastro another wonderful medieval scholar you know so very well this tradition and this is a good well thirty page introduction also than his english writings are
wonderfully are in this ah
addition up from this series and classics of western spirituality so these two volumes give you the substance of his writings
then there's all kinds of other secondary sources on him but if you just stick with merton and the production here and introduction here you're quite i'm the way but now their doctorates out on him and all the risk so one can just pick the volume itself and read that's what he hopes will happen and what can be one
deeply nourished and that with and also stimulated and challenged and also disagreed with subsections there are some definite problems with him the beginning of his career he has a text that are terribly sajjan just totally put down to two women but towards the and he was chaplain to a convent of nuns any
came to a revere of women as a vessels of christian spirituality and mysticism and really criticize priests who didn't minister to women in a in a proper and serious way so he also has some texts against stub the jews on the
anti semitic stuff but not as bad as many of the texts that time he also sometimes flips into a kind of a passionate dualism of the spirit against the body but then he's one of the most central of them all so he's got a shadow side but that's characteristic of such a person
oh it's basically the basic theme i would think you could say is the fire of love first of all love of god love of cheese snub the holy spirit and then love of friends so it basically sums up our lord two commands we want to get to the hot
of the matter in our spirituality we want to remain centered on what is the center and the center is god who is love if we stay on this path we can't go wrong this is the straight and narrow path and the difficult way also that are already indicates in his two commandments that sum of all the law of the
profits and that's just what richard rollers into its if it's use into it with a patient and of a fire and the zest that are we won't find in the onto the cloud yonder the cloud insist absolutely and the primacy of love but it's quite a more a sublimated quiet
serene love for this is up and a wild of mediterranean kind of love
are many scholars and mysticism say there are two basic currents of mrs and there's the mysticism of knowing at the highest level and there you have a things like of pseudo dionysius his writings if you want to go way back and your st thomas aquinas eckart up but then or
assist passionate current of loving and he certainly one of the it's voices and then again the less patient current as of loving however always and that find an emphatic voices will see in also water hilton and also the curb cloud but he's not writing for the scholars the theologians and philosophers
he's riding for the lovers of jesus or throughout this presentation i'll just be reading little passages from him i think this is a good way to get into the mystics not just that i talk about him but did we get in and have at least a little level little savouring said the wonderful food that he all process
therefore i offer this book for consideration not by philosophers not by the worldly wise not by great deal notions in snarled an infinite questionings but by the unsophisticated and the untaught were trying to above god rather than know many things for he is known in
doing and imbibing not in arguing
with here almost a direct echo of this in the author of the cloud and in waters open the primacy of love over knowing we can't ultimately know god this is very solid theology there's no human category idea definition that encompass god that can get anywhere near god
odd fact we have to go a way of abnegation saying whatever we affirm of god and that's a proper way god his father god is truth god is light but then you immediately optical the negative way and say god is so unlike any father we've ever known that you can also say god is not father
god is so unlike any light we've ever known you can say god is not light so unlike any piddling truth we know you can say god is not true in our sense though it is more correct geologically to say god is truth in to say god is falsehood or something like that so first you have affirmed the
highest possible human perfections of god truth beauty love
but then you immediately have to beyond that say but god is totally like any of our human perfections as we know them so you have to go the way of negation that's the way of an e-card the way of charge of across the way of paradox etc
so but with all these limits of knowing love can pierce the cloud love can go right into the heart of the godhead so we can grasp and possess god not bar by our brain not by knowing of but by loving and he who are who went again to oxford though he dropped
out early he knows all these things and it's also very young
very con natural to him and guess we jumped over his life doesn't preach so let's go back to his life or not a great deal is known about him he was born around twelve ninety i in yorkshire northern england i studied at oxford with some success under a great up scholar there
air but he didn't finish she dropped out apparently he just got sick of it all there's some suggestion he might have studied for some period at the sorbonne that's not clear but well he would often lived as a hermit and was sponsored by a squire and then he popped around from place to place so he's got this reputation
is a bit unstable from his enemies finally he settled them to be the spiritual director of a community of cistercian nuns at hampel though he was it seems a layman of never ordained is very critical of they have a class of priests who don't do their duty and then he died
about thirteen forty nine very possibly as we saw last time of the black death of the plague his none so revered him they immediately up honored him a saint and the situation was so chaotic included that on there couldn't be the contacts with a wrong
home reading canterbury so he's never been officially canonized but for the a good sister should not out there he is safe so he writes up
for the person who wants to love jesus and this is a for all of us in so far as simply where human beings because as we mentioned yesterday we've been built for god and nothing else so nothing else can satisfy us so really if we're ever going to be happy in this like you've gotta show
down in the mystics to put it that way to accept our contemplative side
nothing less than god can feel the human soul which has a capacity for god alone and thus the lovers of earthly things will never be satisfied
rest for lovers of god therefore is when the heart is fixed in the love of god through desire and meditation and loving and burning it contemplates him with singing since this quiet which sees the soul is most delightful during the while the sweet sound in which delights to say
and from heaven and the spirit is snatched up into the singing of the delights of eternal love in a supremely lyrical him flowing with joy so this is a wonderful characteristic of passage from a reader richard
all this emphasis on thing but each just noted it's quiet it's silent it's a key stillness so it's not as if he hears music out there beyond the windows or something the medieval mystic speak of the spiritual senses just as god gave us this range of five physical senses to appreciate
eight the the physical world out there of color and smell and on feel and taste and hearing so the greater realities god gives us his inner senses say domestics of the spiritual taste and see that the lord is good
scripture uses there so that our god is sweeter than honey to the tastes kind of thing so he has filled with gotten a way that he can only express as music as harmonies and sound so our music should be sacramento should be an outer and and visible expression of this inner of vibration and
harmony and dump and music that we get from god
so i'm god only god but then he emily's goes on to say but we need friends to i can get out along with god but with a little help from my friends also be agree with the beatles there
and he up to praises the gift of friendship he means friendship with men and also with women and this will help us on our way because a spiritual journey isn't easy you can get very lonely out there
but this is true friendship the consolation of loving people the consolation of spirits the relief of anxiety the expulsion of worldly sorrow the reformation of sinners the augmentation of sanctity the diminution of wickedness the multiplication of merits therefore holy fuck
kinship or not to be spurned it has the medicine for every misery for it is from god that among the calamities of this exile we may be restored by the council and helps of our friends so this is a wonderful recovery of this great value of spiritual friendship
this is echoing of the great seen a read of revolt who are richard role do on eric wrote this wonderful tracked on christian friendship and this goes right back through the fathers of into jesus who said in his last decisive our i call you no longer serpents
with friends this is is pascal gift to us making as friends of hue and friends one of another so of to grip this also the spiritual i also domestic life doesn't mean are cutting their off but living it ah
even when friends are separated physically from one another friendship has the power to keep up keep going but in human affection when there is to friendship it would not be fitting the distance of bodies creates a separation of souls rather the indissoluble bond have cemented friendship
more strongly relieves the desolation of physical distance and the french judges himself as living with his friend when he sees the constancy of indissoluble wills thus indeed is true friendship when the friend holds himself towards his brand as toward himself when the friend is another's
self he loves him for his own sake not for the useful thing that he hopes he will receive from you this is just classic medieval and early christian theology of friendship of authentic christian love in our own time of the great of popular theologian cs lewis he has a wonderful book on the for law
dogs and there's pure love of god they're so but a love it he particularly reviewers is the level of friendship he says this will be the lot of heaven we won't have precisely spousal love their we won't have precisely a maternal well we will be eternally love our
children etc but what will unite us with all of humanity up there is suffering should love well an early a strong
insistence of on the importance of friendship is so we find in the writings of richard role
i'm interesting he says it's not easy to come by good friends in these bad times we saw yesterday how bad those times were in england and we can say something have the same today he critiques the society has been too individualistic everyone just thinking of themselves but this is characteristic of our own time to
a kind of rampant individualism also a spiritual life is can be in danger in a place like this if i come here to be a hermit do you know though i'd basically thinking of me for me but up know it's a hermit that therefore loves the deeper all of humanity and in a special way because we're flesh and blood
add certain france but it ain't easy finding them
moreover i do not know by what misfortune it now occurs that with difficulty and rarely is a faithful friend to be found all seek those things that are there's no one has a friend of whom he says he is to me and other self where they sink down to their own uses in delights they
do not blush even to perpetrate fraud on they're very friends so very sad thing is just spits it all out there he doesn't i'm kind of pretend that it's all rosier ah but he pleads with christ come on christ this is rough stuff give me a friend
oh jesus when i burn in you with jubilation and a burning glow of love continually course it's about so that almost loving one i would embrace you fully i am separated from that for which i panned most delightfully in addition anxieties occur and a vast solitude shuts off the way
it does not allow the swellings of lovers to be built into oneness year but all that you might show me a comrade on the pilgrimage so that my lassitude might be gladdened by his exhortations threesome some praying for a good friend i find this very touching myself sometimes you know mistakes are so mystical
the there have no earthly good as submitted and they just don't need anyone in their kind of stoical and they've got guard opium but this is a this a richard role becomes the more fully human as he becomes more of upper of christ
when he says he does indeed have friends the yes a friend and mrs a great consolation to him
the new meantime exulting in your hymns may i be carried away sweetly with a companion whom you have given me that may we gathered together in words of sincerity without controversies truly feasting and the pleasantness of love we might buy turns revealed the most loving songs until bedford for
north from this external penitentiary we might be introduced into the interior dwelling place at the same time receiving a seat of and heaven dwellers who loved christ in the same manner and measure so any stress is also friendship with women it's difficult it's tricky but it's very possible and it's extremely rewarding
oh he has some is while began ups and downs moments of full ecstatic joy moments of deep depression up always he's calling out to jesus that's the constant in his life there's a wonderful vader english poet of george herbert and says when you stretch
to me thus jesus sometimes i'm up in heaven sometimes i'm down in the depths of hell but wherever i am you are there will love this is also richard wrong
in whatever emotional state museum or he turns to christ the up psychologists they were so out of touch with our emotions when he was very in touch with views and up a but the answer at any point in sub jesus his beloved oh my god oh my honey oh my harp will my salter and my can't
michael all the day
when will you heal my grief oh root of my heart when when you come to me so that you may raise me up with you looking upward for you for you see that i am wounded vitally by your super brilliant beauty and my lassitude does not release me on the contrary it rises greater and greater in its growth
and and present penalties press me and fight me so that i hasten to you from whom i alone find my comfort so he said not just oh it's all swell and he's not a seven and get graham he's a for and i think this is a very exciting for those who are in touch with their emotional outburst
he's a good a very professional theologian so he knows that god is just absolute mystery and as mystic he rejoices in is sometimes we think of it up as the bumper sticker says of life is a mystery that we have to solve and kind of a agatha christie mystery not
well and if we look for the clues we can come up with the four or five solutions to it well mystics and the best theologian said no it just as totally ineffable mystery is absolutely beyond us we can't comprehend god will never comprehend god and this is our joy so we can go deeper and deeper into
humility and just had the celebration of little children
and that's mysticism not coming up with of definitions and trying to get him control who is this guard guy and how do i or know that i possess god can do think
so god is mystery if you wish to dwell for yourself saying what is god i say that you will never find a solution for this question i have not known angels are ignorant of it archangels have not heard in what way therefore do you want to know what is unknowable
and untouchable certainly god or boy you may be omnipotent is not able to teach you what he is if indeed you do what god as you would be wise as god a thing which neither you and or any other creature is able to be so kind so ineffable ah
god can't teach us who guides and to kind of a paradox but he likes to play with these paradoxes before the canon of the eucharist now says up in the preface that god or you who dwelling in approachable light will never get to the bottom of the mystery they shouldn't depress were cut off from god you
it should divide us that it'll be just an infinity of growth into the wonderful ongoing mystery of god guardians but whom we have is jesus or lover our beloved friend or bridegroom and up this is our consolation and so we go by the way of christ
the humanity of christ is up at the bridge we can enjoy
oh good jesus may you grant me that i may experience you who now may be experienced that not seen pour yourself into the inmost recesses of my soul come into my heart and fill it with your most brightly shining sweetness wonderful mixture of a minute
for their brightly shining sweetness till he goes from one of the interior senses to another their inebriate my spirit with the burning wine of your sweetest love their again foot spent burning wine or so that forgetting all evils in all limited sites illusions and image
years i may exalt embracing you alone and may rejoice in god my jesus so this is his answer to the ineffable god it's jesus who began embrace he wants jesus alone but he's already said he also needs his friends center the constellations
so it's this rhapsodic love this is of the tradition of the troubadour and it's all the way through the mystical tradition this will love than not it's preceded by francis and there's a real franciscan quality here and it's also in bernard this patient baba ji
jesus oh now how can a man of jesus they weren't involved with kind of gender role fixations as we are but someone of clearly hetero like of bernard who flees the world because he's got all these women around him of jesus becomes his bridegroom and so also in this very patient way
with richard role
and it's it's rhapsodic and the term it spouse oh really
certainly the personal bugs much is great and he who loves less is the lesser because we are evaluated before the face of god according to the greatness of love which we happiness so this is his criterion there's a almost an echo of this of st john of across just for two centuries later than that
in the evening of our lives we are measured by love that's the criteria but it's all about it's love it gets us through all the trials of of the spiritual life and of this world and remember again that century was just a tangle of problems and obstacles and and disasters therefore they ought to labor and
quiring possessing and retaining love with all their strength and all their energies so that in the day of temptation they will be able to stand against their enemies when they have been tested they may receive the crown of life so this is our a strong shield and or up safeguard its le
love love gets us there it gets us into christian mysticism we were asked me yesterday but is this mysticism business is and we said the to be the full up unfolding of baptism which is to say it simply the unfolding of christian love bob inevitably comes into an experiential communion with the other
other and we claim not to the experience we cling to the other our joy is the bridegroom not our own inebriated there are there are those who are in love with love as they say i remember my younger roommate at fordham he just wanted to follow romantically involved and each
encouraged he avoided the experiencing of love but he hadn't found the lover but once he found a lover he didn't worry you ended up during this fabulously wealthy down he came from a very poor fabrics which you can let go of clinging to the gift and just go beyond the gift to the lover
then you get it all back up or a great superabundance in truth boggs make work love makes mortals perfect lovers alone are allowed to ascend fully to the height of the contemplative life so that's the way we reached film simply as christians up through loving
but then he does son is not afraid to get very sensual to almost erotic in his description of what this is all about his basic text is the canticle of canticles of the old testament which scholars say was basically of watch porn
ah but was put him to the old testament as his parable of how god loves us or we are to love god
and up than the christian mystics taken up with great enthusiasm beginning right at the very beginning origin and gregory of nyssa on right into bernard and dump and so what richard role is in this tradition tradition doing is basically commenting on the candy gold canticles and then the whole a car
flight school china of across his writings are simply a canticle of a rewarding of the canticle of the song of songs as a teresa center into our own time so this is the solid ah
mr contemplative literature
for there is nothing more joyful than to sing jesus nothing more delightful than to listen to him when i experienced embraces and kisses of my sweetest one i have found as it were with indescribable the whites my dog whom true lovers placed before all others above
appears immense goodness suburban on account of this delightfully sung and on account of this is delightfully son in the following verse of the canticle we shall rejoice in you remembering your breasts about wine your breasts he was telling him jesus a meal but it all i of mixes together in this sub
androgynous our fulfillment really of human love the message of thumb of jesus and scriptures is that marriage and human ash above is is sacramental that is it's our a visible sign of what it's like to be united to the with christ christ refers to
himself as bridegroom and that's the fulfillment so we shouldn't be afraid of this language because it's language was made for of the mystical life so truly separate it from all devices of the worldly and alienated from the poisonous smoothness of the flesh use is really sublimated here
given over on the contrary to a heavenly desires and snatched up by them rejoicing and marvelous enjoyment because it already experiences in a certain manner the joy of valued love bob makes me both to call upon him who i loved who comforting and filling me kisses me with the kisser
as of his mouth so this is richard role it's not everyone's cup of tea some people say good ever comes of very inappropriate you know and i'm the author of the cloud is very different there's nothing of this in that and nothing of really have that kind of thing in walter hilton but it will come up in similar like
i'm bernard or someone like gov john of the cross of teresa the women mystics really flourish with is kind of thing
prayer of you can talk on love you can talk about prayer they're just the same thing for him they kind of 'em merge love becomes prayer if by prayer we simply mean communion with god cleaving to god that's all it is
for when we pray truly then we do not think about anything but our whole will is directed toward the highest things in our sole is set ablaze with the fire of the holy spirit
when intention in our heart by means of burning love also sets are very prayer on blaze and from our mouth it is consumed by fire in the sight of god in an odor of sweetness so that to pray as great delight for when inevitable sweetness is found in prayer the pray
air itself is transformed into a song of rejoicing so here we've got burning sweetness and up song and
and a prayer simply love at the end and you want to be a protected against temptations will pray that his love there's all these wonderful love passages it's better than meditation that is it's better than discursive reflection about whom guardians just cleaved can we don't know god
yes we can begin in his faltering way that god is patient and compassionate father and god is faithful bulwark etc
but at the am just embrace jesus as lover that so much better are frequent prayer also to solomon and yeah translate the sunday march the songs because the songs like his so poetry are filled with every kind of patient it i'm feeling and affect him to from
a prayer lead to contemplation and nothing is more useful for the christian life and contemplation he said this is great
question with contemporaries have overtime am i wasting time should i be out there converting great masses of people shouldn't i be performing miracles of healing etc the theme it comes up again and again is if you're in yourself loving god in the fullness of love you're doing more good than all of that this is very exploited
explicit enchanted across will see it's very explicit in the cloud and it's very emphatic here also with him
therefore nothing is more useful nothing more delightful than the grace of contemplation which raises and up from the depths when his grace except the beginning of glory and what is the perfection of glory except perfect conservation so he's gotta solid theology here are in heaven
there won't be preaching and revival meetings there will be prophecy is there won't be a stick matic experiences and visionaries and all these things we can really get into as so exciting what what's the latest prophecy about this through that he doesn't care he's come jesus the bridegroom
and in heaven we won't care what will have in heaven is jesus the bridegroom so the contemplative life is this eschatological it is eternity brought into the present
now we'll see what julian of norwich there can be also use a pub ambition to etc but in so far as the immediately draw us into this communion of love of god for love of god for god
so it's very patient stuff and we could go on and on with many more text is ordered one of the real treasures that he delivers into the english tradition of mysticism and it continues right at the beginning if you're considering writing in the vernacular
and where are the big treasures again is the jesus prayer is the name of jesus which are you just launches in the west and this is very mysterious also begin here is some st gregory palomas launching the jesus prayer in the east in this very same century what's happening again they're not in communication but they're just
something the spirit and causes us to explode of off their and mount athos and that causes a very same thing just explode up in yorkshire
so richard wright's ponder the name of jesus in your heart night and day as your special and dear treasure love it more than life rooted in your mind so this could again be a text out of any of the he casts just that this name of jesus be rooted in your heart
this is centering prayer this is up of the prayer of the heart and i'm so as britain rights he's a wonderful ecumenical resource to understand an eastern spirituality to understand you want to go farther into the weeds into the east of the him do the buddhist they have the mantra
which is the repetition of a holy word over and over again to go into the depths of union with god vatican two is called us to be ecumenical first of all with our own christian brothers and sisters but quite beyond that since the holy spirit is not constricted even to the christian churches up in into
with some in buddhism and then we find all these astonishing hechos because of the spirit of the living god the spirit of christ is there also but also in this tool of a simple word or phrase repeated quietly over and over in moment of prayer when we sit or in and or with god
and also in the little pauses of the day in the little delays i might be driving down the highway and suddenly i'm in a traffic jam like can just to be furious for twenty minutes or i can start it just quietly praying the jesus prayer
oh and then that a disastrous situation and turns out to be a real opportunity of grace or in the first up faces before going to sleep or in up waiting in line in the market or whatever in the quiet period in our literature we try to
a cushion all the word submitter cheat with silence well it's a silence we can go into the deeper silence also by a quiet praying of the jesus preached this so what does this all about with so several of us have but this is the jesus prayer people the rosary which you can wear around your risk or whatever it's too
use this a real treasure up to get deeper and deeper into god
and done it's a real resource and again a richard role delivers it to us way back there at the very beginning of the fourteenth century so it's a wonderful gift so to sum up up for him love is everything
and that is particularly love of jesus friend jesus bridegroom but there's also space for friendship love which compliments this there's this awareness of god is total mystery of and there's this real resource is opening to the spirit i didn't have time to read about the holy spirit and
is patient love of the holy spirit up and it all gets focused just in this little name of jesus which allows us to love our neighbor with a friend jesus allows us to love of the bridegroom amen