Friday, November 23, 2007

"In the sixth a town...called Nazareth..."

"In a very particular a particular place, God intervened in our history. God created time but lives in the ageless eternity of wonder. Our God sanctified time and made of it a tabernacle where he might be forever revealed. God, whose omnipresence transcends all points of the compass, took sanctuary in a town, thereby making of town life something both awesome and holy. God will not even be confined by limitless possibility! God reached across the chasm that separates us from transcendence so that we who inhabit our own historical moment, our own towns, may live richly, full of grace now, here. Through God's gift of himself, our now becomes forever, and we can touch that moment when time will cease to exist..."

- from Living in Joyful Hope


from the back cover:

Living in Joyful Hope is a collection of meditations and prayers that guide our journey from Advent into Christmas with familiar biblical passages, reflection, and prayer.

"These meditations speak the language of love and lovers, beautifully and eloquently so. With these meditations the author asks of herself and of us the most essential questions the lover needs to know." -- Rebekah Rojcewicz

"Some of us long to spend a little time each day with the words of scripture or the liturgy. We want to read slowly and wonder about the rich language we hear in church. This book, focused on the beginning of the liturgical year, is a perfect way to begin. Its simplicity and clarity are especially nourishing..." -- Tina Lillig

"In [this book], we are reminded once again how God always comes to us in the simple, in the ordinary aspects of life." -- Linda Sgammato

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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."