On What You Don't See

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I was composing some notes on Lectio Divina inspired by Tom's post of the other day and suddenly it dawned on me--who am I to be composing notes on anything--it isn't as though I have any great insights that haven't been noted a million times before by people far better practiced and versed in this form of prayer.

It made me wonder, how often do I do this sort of thing? For the sake of my sanity and the stability of the blog I'm not even going to try to find the answer to that question.

You see, if it isn't some external crisis, I can conjure enough profound internal crises to plunge me into my semi-annual funk. I don't think I'll do that this year--it's tiresome and tedious and not conducive to my own mental health. So this is just to let you know what you've been spared.

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Dear Steven,

No one else is you. Sure, maybe someone somewhere has already recorded your insight, but what are the chances of that happening AND me and your umpteen readers having read it? To add to the combinatorical explosion, someone will read your insight within his unique circumstances and - who knows? - it may resonate with some uniqueness of his own to lead to a genuinely new spiritual good.
I hate to preach, but never underestimate the power of an insight. One insight, when taken into the unique combination of unrepeatable person and circumstances, can change the world for the better, and even save souls.

Mariano Magrassi cites a few examples. The one I remember is Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity and St Paul's simple phrase "laudem gloriae".

Cheers -



I'd like to echo Bill's comment. I'm quite sure that none of us can write anything very original. But, we can write with the voice God gave us, which is unique. You never know but that you might say something that is quite redundant, boring, whatever you call it, to you, but is just what another may need to hear.

Pax et bonum,


And to the extent that blogging is an exercise in community-building, sharing insights -- even if they aren't insightful, although most of yours are -- is an act of communion.

Hi All,

Thank you for your comments. As you will note I have, with grave misgivings posted these notes. They are, in the brief space allowed woefully inadequate. I hope that I might spell out some aspects of these more thoroughly with time. But thank you for the wisdom and encouragment.





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