Thirsting

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From Augustine’s Confessions: “Thou hast made us for thyself, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

And from Wendy Farley’s The Thirst for God: Contemplating God’s Love with Three Women Mystics: “Though modern people may not realize it, desire was a key theme in Christian theology and contemplation for much of its history. The fourth century theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, collages biblical imagery to evoke God’s desire for humanity. For Gregory, desire is the “wound” received by the bride in the Song of Songs. This “wound” opens the heart to union between the soul and God. The “Bowman” who wounded her is Love. Scriptures teach that God is love and that Christ is his “chosen arrow (Isa. 49.2)” with which he “unites to the Bowman whomsoever it strikes.” “Indeed it is a good wound and a sweet pain by which life penetrates the soul; for by the tearing of the arrow she opens, as it were, a door, an entrance into herself. For no sooner does she receive the dart of love than the image of archery is transformed into a scene of nuptial joy.” Here Love is God, God’s messenger, and the wound that draws God’s beloved back into union. Love is the desire born in humanity for her Beloved. Desire circulates between lover and beloved and erodes the duality that separates them.”

Roger

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