24 September 2012

Two remarkable quotations that share the theme of our current Fall issue: “The Unknown.” These are cited from James Walsh (ed.) “The Cloud of Unknowing” (New York: Paulist Press, 1981):

When I say “darkness”, I mean a privation of knowing, just as whatever you do not know or have forgotten is dark to you, because you do not see it with your spiritual eyes. For this reason, that which is between you and your God is termed, not a cloud of the air, but a cloud of unknowing.
–Ch. 4, p. 128.

Humility…is nothing else but a true knowledge and experience of yourself as you are.
–Ch. 13, p. 181.

The photograph is by Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), “Seascape, study of clouds,” albumen print from a collodion glass negative, ca. 1857. From the Parabola weekly newsletter

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