Metaphysics of the Divine Glance

Meaning as experience and living existence

St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to my own spirituality what wet is to water, or light is to the day.Walter Emerson The Divine Glance is both experiential and existential. We experience the existence of something, which we have defined previously as “meaning without understanding.” In this “something” is a seed… Continue reading Meaning as experience and living existence

Metaphysics of the Divine Glance

The meaning of the meanings

“Will you follow where I lead?”Joan of Arc by Mark Twain The Divine Glance is constituted by both subjectivity and objectivity. This seed of subjective-objective chaos must be actualized through an ordering. This is not to say through order as in a final state but through ordering as a phenomenological process. Each step toward order… Continue reading The meaning of the meanings

Metaphysics of the Divine Glance

Meaning and Purpose

In a single moment, a "divine glance," one day in October of 2008, Our Lord and Our Lady imbued my soul with a preeminent and life-long devotion to St. Joan of Arc. It was a thunderous instance of meaning that struck like a lightning bolt and with the same intensity that Joan displayed in her… Continue reading Meaning and Purpose

The Dove and Rose

St. Thérèse and Martin Heidegger

St. Thérèse unknowingly mastered phenomenology, which is the reason her simple childlike way is so compelling. She approaches us from the standpoint of experience and interpretive hermeneutics rather than academic deduction. The dry path of knowledge through rigorous analysis of medieval metaphysics, while necessary, does not readily connect with our lived experience. It confirms us… Continue reading St. Thérèse and Martin Heidegger

Joan of Arc, Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

Saints of God are always Present

Joan of Arc, her pyre burns brightly Angels chanting, praying, sighing Martyred, crowned with fire by Jesus “Jesus, Jesus” burning, crying   Does her banner fly in heaven? Can her spirit raise and leaven? Is her friendship gone forever? Saints of God are always present.   Little Flower leads us destined Rich in colors, ever… Continue reading Saints of God are always Present

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

The Fire of Joan of Arc (Light out of Dark)

I was wondering one day why Joan of Arc’s end so cruelly stark, formed with her fire, a light out of dark She did everything asked of her, she did nothing wrong, that is my opinion of her life and its song She freed her countrymen and king, she was an astounding figure of history… Continue reading The Fire of Joan of Arc (Light out of Dark)

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

I have loved what you have loved

I have loved what you loved I have raised my eyes Been moved by your example Followed as you led Had faith because you did You cared about me You fought my battles for me And I miss you And honor you You shared your treasure With me Now I am filled with hope Now… Continue reading I have loved what you have loved

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

The Desert of St. Thérèse

A quiet desert landscape fills my heart In solitude the stillness clears my view I long for nothing save our God out here The land of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux This place is real though being sight unseen An emptiness aglow with beauty quaint Out here desire for Jesus grows acute His resurrection shines so… Continue reading The Desert of St. Thérèse

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

I reach to tightly hold their hands

Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Thérèse Are gifts from God through Mary's hands I did not know the great extent Nor just what Jesus really meant When first Our Lady He bestowed A love for her in me that flowed Until I could not hold inside The movements of this graceful tide To love… Continue reading I reach to tightly hold their hands