A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual by Malcolm Muggeridge
By Malcolm Muggeridge
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as instructed through the author,was rarely the case. now we have modern photographs of Francis exhibiting another way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries resembling Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back steered via the writer, is uncertain. there is not any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, one of these small city, it should were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there isn't any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. background is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct referring to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the assumption of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 whilst he switched over to the magical existence - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) convinced, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a be aware indicates a life-style which could hardly ever painting the Francis of Assisi of old checklist. definite, he went to conflict yet we don't have any notion of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not recognize. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, was once interrupted via a paranormal occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as urged via the writer. Francis proposal in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something might be stated approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian could come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably concept as so much medieval Christians the idea of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century prior. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthy until eventually the Muslims accredited the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't pontificate opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many sturdy books on Saint Francis. this isn't one among them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition which could understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to claim this isn't solid background. it truly is sloppy background reflecting the sentiments of the current into the previous. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of heritage yet supply it one big name for the canopy and one famous person for the paper it's written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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Though we pursue fantasy, never more so than today, the soul’s only true sustenance is reality, which even in the most adverse circumstance it somehow finds, just as a seed falling on a rock face somehow finds the tiny crack where it can grow. Of no English poet and artist is this more true than of William Blake. Born as the Renaissance world was coming to an end, he was profoundly distrustful of the intellect as a means of finding truth, and of science as a means of exploring it. Though he was the first, and per haps the greatest, of the romantic poets, he lived to abominate the spirit of romanticism and all the license and disorder it involved.
Then the word “Fire,” signifying “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,” but not, he adds to rub in the point, “the God of the philosophers and scholars” – this, I am sure, with an eye on Descartes. Now come the triumphant words: “Certainty, certainty, emotion, joy, peace, God of Jesus Christ. Deum meum et Deum vestrum, Thy God shall be my God. ” Now, like the saints Paul and Augustine in similar circumstances, Pascal had a craving for solitude, which he found at Port Royal’s sister foundation, Port Royal des Champs.
And: A Third Testament william blake Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, & bid thee feed By the stream & o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee: He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, & he is mild; He became a little child.