Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Emptying

I would like to write about something I read recently, but don't have time just now. So this is a reminder to me and a "teaser" for you.

What I'd like to write about is some of the views of St John of the Cross, as I understand Rowan Williams' explanation of them in The Wound of Knowledge. I don't wholly agree with these, but I think they are very interesting. Here's a sample:

"...the purifying of mental and spiritual life; understanding is reduced to faith, memory to hope, will to love.

Illumination is the running out of language and thought... the need to let go of cerebral activity when that point is reached.

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