Chapter 28/Week 28

 

I’m sitting in chapter 28 of the Molinos book going “hmm.”  Not a bad “hmm.”  Maybe more like “hmm?” 

 The first part that talked about four aspects of internal love was pretty neat.  It was something I aspire for, and I found it both encouraging and frustrating at the same time.  I was encouraged by the fact that I could relate to some of it, like the desire to be consumed with Divine fire.  I was frustrated by the parts I have yet to see (like peaceful and joyful rest). 

But the heart of the chapter was what really spoke to me.  Where Molinos talks about knowledge and wisdom.  I have heard many variations on this in sermons.  The importance and value of wisdom over knowledge is not a new concept for me.  But I could see myself a little too clearly in his words: “The first–logic–desires to know what things should be attained and what should not be attained and how to avoid pain and effort.  The second desire–and inner knowing of God and His ways–is characterized by not even wanting to know what it knows.  Yet, there is a sense of deep understanding of so much…Most men live by their opinions and according to what they judge.  They look about at things that are true and they look at the things that are false.  A great many things come across their mind and imagination.  They pay attention to the senses.  But the man who has true wisdom judges by an internal truth which exists within him.”  My walk, my “relating with God” is more characterized by logic, judgment, and paying attention to the senses.  I want to turn that into inner knowing of God and His ways.  What does that look like?

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One Response to Chapter 28/Week 28

  1. BTarr says:

    It looks like Jesus: loving, humble, serving.
    But it sounds like thunder when it declares the future of evil.
    It can feel like a soft breeze when she visits.

    The monastic teaching is that when a person goes beyond the mind in prayer then that person may encounter Wisdom directly. If not, then the teaching is to be wise and persevere in virtue and devotion, because sooner or later the pilgrim will meet God.

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