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« on: June 07, 2021, 11:40:04 PM »

'The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross.

Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.'

St. Gregory of Nyssa

'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus. (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2021, 07:23:59 AM »

This wonderful post seems to be for me an amazing coincidence because it served to refresh and amplify much of my recent reading and posting.  My first reaction was to rethink my longstanding, I think life-long, fascination and enjoyment in watching clouds of all types.  It got me thinking about our Christian Joy, that Jesus was so desirous to share with His followers, and that I think is extremely important and beneficial for modern Christians to also share with our neighbors and all the world if possible.
My second, deeper reaction was to consider how it seeks to answer the question how can a soul contemplate a Transcendent Being, whether Father, Trinity, Son, Spirit, Angel, Saint, or even demon.  This lead to reflection on the growth of Joy as our faith grows and strengthens, from Consolation, to Hope, and Love, to Rapture, Beatitude, and perhaps Ecstasy, which I think St Paul said was a gift of the Holy Spirit.
There are many segments of St Gregory's teaching that seem far beyond me, yet it recalls vividly many happy hours of seeing delightful images in the clouds, often religious, of Our Lord Jesus, His Holy Mother, churches, angels, and much more.
Many thanks for your post.
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