The Meaning of Blue: Recovering a Contemplative Spirit by Luke Bell OSB, the Earl of Oxford

By Luke Bell OSB, the Earl of Oxford

In his first Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis wrote: "We have to get well a contemplative spirit." The that means of Blue is ready simply one of these restoration. Blue is the colour of heaven, of purity and fact. Its rarity in clearly taking place ingredients in the world and its abundance shining within the sky converse of a similar factor: a celestial gentle to which our tradition is more and more blind. With examples drawn from either the encouraged ambiguity of poetry and the depths of the Bible, Fr. Luke Bell exhibits the reader a manner of figuring out production and language as manifesting divine fact, after which leads further--into the magical culture of direct contemplation of God.

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God has given us two books. If we can no longer read the book of nature, there is also the Bible. Let us look together at what it says about that most primordial symbol, light, and let us think about what it teaches us about the book of nature. This thinking can bring us back into the light, God’s glorious light. We will look first at the biblical teaching about light, and then consider what nature shows us through color. ” Heaven comes first. Light on earth is a weak rendering of the glory of celestial light, God’s own clothing.

Uk an imprint of Angelico Press � Luke Bell 2014 Foreword © Raymond Oxford, The Earl of Oxford, 2014 All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without permission. For information, address: Angelico Press 4709 Briar Knoll Dr. com 978-1-62138-082-5 Cover image: The Wilton Diptych (Richard II presented to the Virgin and Child by his Patron Saint John the Baptist and Saints Edward and Edmund), circa 1395–1399 Cover design: Michael Schrauzer c o n t e n t s Acknowledgments [x] Foreword by the Earl of Oxford [1] Introduction: Restoring the Wonder of a Child • 7 Some Poetry [7]—The Doors of Perception [8]—Wonder or Wander [10]—Each and Every Thing [10]—Just a Monk [11]—Others Have Helped [12]—Some More Poetry [13]—The Atoms of Democritus [14]—Newton’s Particles of Light [15]—Galileo, Violence, and Rape [17]—Solid Body Thinking [17]—Getting Things Done [19]—The Receptive Heart [20]—A Fresh Look [21]—Reading Nature, Word, and God [22]—Tradition [23] PART ONE: Contemplating Nature Chapter One: Light and Color • 27 God is Light [27]—A Glory Passed Away [29]—Let There Be Light [31]—God in the Dark [32]—The Sun and the Moon [33]—The Mother of All Journeys [35]—The Stars Also [36]—Children of Light [36]—The Dayspring from on High [37]—Color [39]—The Meaning of Blue [40]—The Red Horse [42]—Green Grows the Grass [44]— They Clothed Him with Purple [45]—How Colors Relate [45]—The Rainbow [46]—Unweaving the Rainbow [47] Chapter Two: Life and Wholeness • 50 Life and Light [50]—Beyond Time and Space [50]—The Pattern He Has Planned [52]—Adam, Eve, and Us [53]—Looking at Darkness Within [54]—Loving Welcome [54]—Wholeness of Spirit [56]—Seeing the Whole [57]—Meaning and Means [58]—The Music of Eternity [59]—All is Everywhere [60]—Wholeness and Existence [61]—The Spiritual Life of a Potato [61]—Creatures Great and Small [63]—Other People’s Wholeness [63]—Heaven [64]—Holiness [65]—Family and Community [65]—The Catholic Church [66]—God [67]—Life and Death [68]—Stillness [69]—The Present Moment [73]—Intensive Living [74]—Celestial Living [76]—Difference and Hierarchy [77]— Fragmentation in Our Time [80]—Fragmented Thought [81]— Entropic Collapse [82]—A Binary World [83]—Recovery [84] 2 adam and eve: spiritual symbolism Chapter Three: Man and Cosmos • 85 The Great Book of God [85]—Water [86]—Trees [88]—Birds [90]— Contemplating the Cosmos [91]—The Centrality of Man [93]—All This Is Mine [95]—My World, My Body [97]—Theurgy [100]—The Earth Mourneth [101]—Healing and Harmony [103]—Working but in Alliance [103]—Man as Microcosm [105]—Offering It Up [106]—In a Sense Everything [107]—Heart of Man, Heart of the World [108] PART TWO: Contemplating the Word Chapter Four: Symbol and Language • 113 Half a Sixpence and the Creed [113]—Beyond Being [115]—God Knows Best [116]—Depth of Being [118]—All About God [119]— Missing the Point [121]—Eyes to Look; Ears to Hear [123]—The Power of Words [124]—A Confusion of Languages [126]—The Name of the Lord [127]—The Word Was Made Flesh [128]—Words Give Us Meaning [129]—Poetry, Puns, and Paradoxes [131]—Numbers [135]— Architecture [138] Chapter Five: Scripture and Hermeneutics • 140 O Book!

The receptive heart is happy to not know in advance what it is to find, happy to take in rather than give out, happy to receive meaning rather than impose it. It prefers knowing to utilization and con-sumption, meaning to logic, beauty to power. It is happier being changed by what is true than twisting what is true to avoid changing. It seeks its destiny in a knowing without arrière-pensées. It does not take pleasure in a knowing that enables it to put others in their place; it is joyful even in a knowing that reduces it to helpless ignorance.

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