Looking for some wisdom to pin some Easter reflection on
I am grateful coming across this, from David Dark which will inform my thinking for the rest of the week.
'A few months ago, IV sat down with seasoned poet, musician, critic, and mystery describe-er, Joe Nolan, to talk religion. What follows is another beautifully described mystery. All who have ears, what do you think? Describe it in your way. Keep it essential, in the footsteps of Joe.
IV: Annie Dillard worded the sigh, “Who knows what God loves?” It messed me up for years. Now I hear it as a helpfully cathartic/poetic cry that holds a confession of deep love mixed evenly with complete and utter unknowing. Is faith even possible?
JN: There is a broken empty space where Christianity exists.’
How did people trim their toenails in ancient times? The Virgin Mary’s toenails look fine in the paintings of the Italian Renaissance, and it’s a good thing, too, for it would be hard to worship a figure with very long toenails. Perugino scoffed at a religion aimed toward God but whose real attention was on Mary, but he gave her nice toenails. I’ve never looked at Jesus’ toenails, even though they’re near the holes in his feet, where the other nails were. Cruelty is so graphic and hard to understand, whereas beauty, even the beauty of a toe, makes perfect sense. To me, anyway.
This is the key message of Matthiessen’s life and writing — that we are intricate, thorny, inconsistent, that the lines between good and bad blur within us, that we are capable of anything. The only choice is to remain conscious, to engage with openness.
"Peter was a force of nature, relentlessly curious, persistent, demanding — of himself and others," his literary agent, Neil Olson, said in a statement. "But he was also funny, deeply wise and compassionate."
“With their parallel lives, animals offer man a companionship which is different from any offered by human exchange. Different because it is a companionship offered to the loneliness of man as a species. Such an unspeaking companionship was felt to be so equal that often one finds the conviction that it was man who lacked the capacity to speak with animals — hence the stories and legends of exceptional beings, like Orpheus, who could talk with animals in their own language.”—The great John Berger (of Ways of Seeing fame) on animals and what our relationship with them reveals about us. (via explore-blog)
“What impairs our sight are habits of seeing as well as the mental concomitants of seeing. Our sight is suffused with knowing, instead of feeling painfully the lack of knowing what we see. The principle to be kept in mind is to know what we see rather than to see what we know.”—Abraham Heschel (via azspot)