all led by God

Philo was following exactly the same line of thought when, writing the Life of Moses, he observed, “The care needed in guarding flocks is a preparation for kingship.” …The task of the shepherd is so important that it is rightly attributed not only to kings, sages, and souls of perfect purity, but even to theContinue reading “all led by God”

ordered to make an ark

From Divine Craftsmanship by Jean Hani: But every word of Scripture, beyond its obvious sense, conceals a deeper one, for, being the word of God, it necessarily has a universal bearing. …Besides, if even in the life of an ordinary person nothing happens by chance, then even more so must everything in the life of Christ haveContinue reading “ordered to make an ark”

under the direction of the Great Architect

From Divine Craftsmanship by Jean Hani (compare to this poem): To say that God is the only architect can be understood in a yet more precise fashion in the case of the construction of the temple. Here, God is more directly the architect of His own abode. …The earthly temple is realized according to a heavenlyContinue reading “under the direction of the Great Architect”

at its heart a collision and a contradiction

From Divine Craftsmanship by Jean Hani (43-44): Like that of potter, the act of the weaver is well suited to recall the Primordial Act creating the world, while the cloth calls to mind creation itself. Cloth … is defined by its warp and woof. The threads of the warp are fixed and straight, thereby symbolizingContinue reading “at its heart a collision and a contradiction”

the beauty and sanctity of the act of modeling

From Divine Craftsmanship by Jean Hani (33-37): The author of Ecclesiasticus pauses a moment to watch the potter at work and gives us a graphic portrait of him, a sort of generic picture and a rather rare passage in sacred literature: So doth the potter sitting at his work, turning the wheel about with hisContinue reading “the beauty and sanctity of the act of modeling”

typology therefore needs to be deepened and explained

For when it is said, for example, that the brazen serpent was the ‘type’ of Christ, something is explained, to be sure, but not everything; in particular, it has not been said precisely why the serpent and not some other animal has been chosen to be this ‘type’, which is the essential point. Typology thereforeContinue reading “typology therefore needs to be deepened and explained”

crystallization in an earthly element

In principle, all languages are sacred because their constituent element, speech, or the word, is but an attenuated form of Primordial Speech, the Divine Word, which is the direct source of the creative act, as is shown by the following two quotations from Scripture: ‘God said: Let there be light!’ (Gen. 1:3). As it isContinue reading “crystallization in an earthly element”

occupations and skills of God

A study of the ‘occupations and skills of God’ should normally begin with the two highest: the priesthood and kingship, except that these are no longer occupations properly so-called, but rather functions. These two functions are those of teacher and sacrificer, governor and judge, spiritual authority and temporal power, and are the immediate and mostContinue reading “occupations and skills of God”

to extend God’s work

The moment divine anthropomorphism is admitted, every aspect of the human condition can in some way be assumed by God. Now anthropomorphism should certainly be admitted, since it comes to us from Scripture, that is to say, from God himself. …’My Father has never ceased working, and I too must be at work’ (John 5:17).Continue reading “to extend God’s work”

The Celestial Gardener

Table of Contents from Divine Craftmanship: Preliminaries to a Spirituality of Work by Jean Hani. The Divine Scribe Christ the Physician The Warrior God The Divine Potter God the Weaver God the Architect and Mason The ‘Son of the Carpenter’ Pastor et Nauta God the Fisherman and God the Hunter The Celestial Gardener The MasterContinue reading “The Celestial Gardener”