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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ne perenni cremer igne

Listening to extracts from Meister Eckhart must be one of the torments of the damned.

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Blogger Lactantius:

While some of his writing were condemned by Pope John XXII as heretical, I do no think his entire corpus will be one of the torments of the damned, else the works of his contemporaries Ruysbroeck, Suso and Tauler will also have to be included since they wrote similarly.

He certainly isn't the most wonderful read since he can get lost in the mystical heights but there is some good stuff. For example:

"The man who will pray aright should ask for nothing except what may promote God's honour and glory, his own profit and the advantage of his neighbours. When we ask for temporal things we should always add, if it be God's will and if it be for my soul's health. But when we pray for virtues, we need add no qualification, for these are God's own working."

"IF I had everything that I could desire, and my finger ached, I should not have everything, for I should have a pain in my finger, and so long as that remained, I should not enjoy full comfort. Bread is comfortable for men, when they are hungry; but when they are thirsty, they find no more comfort in bread than in a stone. So it is with clothes, they are welcome to men, when they are cold; but when they are too hot, clothes give them no comfort. And so it is with all the creatures. The comfort which they promise is only on the surface, like froth, and it always carries with it a want. But God's comfort is clear and has nothing wanting: it is full and complete, and God is constrained to give it thee, for He cannot cease till He have given thee Himself."

"IT is a hard thing to practise this universal love, and to love our neighbours as ourselves, as our Lord commanded us. But if you will understand it rightly, there is a greater reward attached to this command, than to any other. The commandment seems hard, but the reward is precious indeed."

Sat May 13, 02:15:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Perpétua:

He seems fond of bread and fingers.

Sat May 13, 11:53:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Liturgeist:


You can't throw out Tauler... no way. Dead sound, really good...

Eckhart was a little funny, though. Or maybe just fuzzy...?

Thu May 25, 12:51:00 PM GMT  

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