Saturday, October 27, 2012

All light, all countenance, all eye

The blessed prophet Ezekiel having seen a vision from God, full of glory, made a relation of it, and committed it to writing; a vision full of mysteries, surpassing utterance.

[...] And this that the prophet saw, was true and certain. But the thing it signified, or shadowed forth beforehand, was a matter mysterious and divine, that very mystery which had been hid from ages and generations, but was made manifest at the appearing of Christ.

For the mystery which he saw, was that of the human soul as she is hereafter to receive her Lord, and become herself the very throne of his glory.

For the soul that is thought worthy to partake of the spirit of his light, and is irradiated by the beauty of his ineffable glory (he having by that spirit prepared her for his own seat and habitation), becomes all light, all face, and all eye.

Neither is there any one part in her but what is full of these spiritual eyes of light; that is, there is no part in her darkened.

But she is all entirely wrought into light and spirit, and is all over full of eyes, having no hinder part, or anything behind; but appears to be altogether face, by reason of the inexpressible beauty of the glory of the light of Christ, that rides and sits upon her.

And as the sun is altogether of one likeness…so the soul that is thoroughly illuminated by the inexpressible beauty of the glory of the light of the face of Christ, and partakes of the Holy Spirit in perfection, and is thought worthy to become the mansion and the throne of God, becomes all eye, all light, and all face, and all glory, and all spirit. --Macarius the Egyptian


Quote found at Enlarging the Heart.


"...becomes all light, all face, and all eye."

"...but appears to be altogether face, by reason of the inexpressible beauty of the glory of the light of Christ, that rides and sits upon her."

"...becomes all eye, all light, and all face, and all glory, and all spirit."



Why doesn't Christopher West write stuff like that?

Well, for one, because he's not a desert-dwelling saint. Two: he's a reverse-Manichean heretic. And three: he believes that stuff such as the above jaw-dropping beautiful writing belongs to some kind of supposed developmental stage of the Church that is prepubescent.



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