September 11, 2010

And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

Scott Hahn, From A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture

...We aren't accustomed to contemplating the symbolic meaning and divine mystery present within the world. Since the Enlightenment, many people have viewed God as a clockmaker, winding up the universe and letting it run its course. (One might almost say that our scientific worldview is closer to ancient Baal worship, which held impersonal forces of nature as supreme powers in this world.)

Rather, the world was created to be a sacrament. In other words, everything on earth was made to point to heavenly realities. Science has stripped reality down to a barren rationalism. In so doing it has blurred reality; faith corrects our vision so that we can see the splendor and mystery—and romance—that is reality

Throughout the world God has placed signs that symbolize invisible realities, signs that point to him. Tragically, his people are not familiar with those signs. So we end up missing the richness of the liturgy, which is meant to reflect the worship of the heavenly Jerusalem...

Albion, from Blake's Jerusalem
        William Blake, The Giant Albion, from Jerusalem, 1804

Posted by John Weidner at September 11, 2010 8:23 PM
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