Monthly Archives: November 2021

Advent, Christmas and Theophany

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At Christmas, the Church celebrates the Holy Nativity of Christ, remembering the story of Christ’s birth in the stable at Bethlehem, the angels and the shepherds on the hill, and the wise men from the east at his feet, before his humble throne.  But wisdom also remembers the eternal birth of Christ in hearts that awaken to his presence, empowering… Read more »

Bride of Christ

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The Bride of Christ is glorious in her uncreated energy, deifying all who gaze with her gaze, or return her kiss with her embrace.  She is Christ’s wisdom in her compassionate love, glorious in her hallowing beauty.  Wisdom is Christ in her, embracing her in the beauty of her glory, embracing us with her grace that glorifies his saints.  Her… Read more »

Knowing fully Known

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Wisdom knows as she is known, no longer as in a mirror, indirectly, but directly, as the unveiled face of wisdom to the unveiled face of glory (1Cor 13:12).  Between knowing and unknowing, wisdom comes to meet us, knowing as she is known, gently weening us from thinking we know what we know, initiating unknowing that knows we only know as we… Read more »

Mercy and Peace

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Wisdom discerns the union of mercy and peace in the light of wisdom and glory.  The mercy of ineffable openness and the peace of spontaneous presence both bear witness to indivisible oneness.  The full spectrum of divine names and qualities is manifest in the revelation of glory, which is the revelation of the completeness of peace in the temporal mercy… Read more »

Cradle to Grave

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From cradle to grave, the Name sustains us with ever-present awareness in which we live, move and have our being, but when we seize the glory for ourselves, we fall from glory, so vainglory sets in, depriving us of the union that grace unveils as communion. Deadly confusion divides us from God until the heart awakens from delusion, taught by wisdom to turn… Read more »

Light of the World

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Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), revealing we are by grace the light of the world (Mt 5:14), when we turn and see the grace of his uncreated light in the midst.  In Holman Hunt’s painting of 1853, the ‘Light of the World,’ Christ stands at the door of the closed heart and knocks (Rev 3:20; Song of… Read more »

Dazzling Love

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If wisdom beholds the darkness that covers the Face of the Deep, revealed in the Spirit to be dazzling love, it is little surprise that science does not behold what only wisdom sees, for it is wisdom, not science, that beholds the dazzling light of the glory of love.  Wisdom abides with the Spirit in the Son’s love of the… Read more »

Hallowing the Name

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When God’s Name is truly hallowed, as in an attentive praying of the Lord’s Prayer, the Kingdom comes, but confusion between ‘I AM’ and ‘me’ must first be emptied out, so that the glory of the Name, uncreated awareness and uncreated presence, is truly restored to God.  Hallowing the Name undoes division between the uncreated and the created by dissolving the underlying… Read more »

Face of the Deep

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Before there was light, darkness was upon the Face of the Deep, but the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, so the formless void had a Face (Gen 1:2).  The Face of the Spirit manifests in uncreated energy, before created energy transmutes into created matter, which is the material creation.  The revelation of uncreated light above the… Read more »

Pentecost

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Holy Orthodoxy remembers Pentecost first of all as the descent of the Holy Spirit with tongues of fire, then as the revelation of the Holy Trinity, then as the Spirit-filled gathering of all in the Holy Eucharist, initiating hallowed communion in which all things were held in common for the Common Good (Acts 2: 42-47).   For desert seers, the revelation of… Read more »