understanding, making, and healing, to preserve all things unstained

Elrond concerting the three rings: They are not idle. But they were not made as weapons of war or conquest: that is not their power. Those who made them did not desire strength or domination or hoarded wealth, but understanding, making, and healing, to preserve all things unstained. From The Fellowship of the Ring byContinue reading “understanding, making, and healing, to preserve all things unstained”

as though they felt the propriety of paying respect to the adversary who has put up so good a fight

From “The Raid” (chapter 25) in Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams: When several creatures—men or animals—have worked together to overcome something offering resistance and have at last succeeded, there follows often a pause—as though they felt the propriety of paying respect to the adversary who has put up so good a fight. TheContinue reading “as though they felt the propriety of paying respect to the adversary who has put up so good a fight”

not to be forced since it springs from an experience of plentitude

The meaning of the word “creative” is very precise here: it denotes the active contribution each soul is at liberty to bring to the universal work which is accomplishing itself in our world and doubtless far beyond it. In this connection the condition of a human being of whatever kind is not essentially different fromContinue reading “not to be forced since it springs from an experience of plentitude”

an earthly trinity to match the heavenly

For every work [or act] of creation is threefold, an earthly trinity to match the heavenly. First, [not in time, but merely in order of enumeration] there is the Creative Idea, passionless, timeless, beholding the whole work complete at once, the end in the beginning: and this is the image of the Father. Second: thereContinue reading “an earthly trinity to match the heavenly”

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”