Glimpses of the Union with God IV

  1. Everything is Grace

Beauty <>poetry<>creation<>garden

  1. The Beatific Vision, The Presence of God while in this world
  2. Paul speaking in first person, not abstract concept

1 Corinthians 2:9

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

  1. The Transfiguration the apostles were stunned, first-hand experience
  2. It is both a private and difficult experience to describe
  3. Figurative and poetic language often is used to describe
  4. Fruit, when man has his eye set on the high prize of Union with God, High Middle Ages concern was for this union with God, reflected in the Cathedrals architect, music, stained glass, paintings, scholastic theology TA
  5. Even today, see this expression for Union with God

TAMU St. Mary’s Student Center 3 hr dedication, the faithful had tears in their eyes, many commented, the dedication flew by, best Mass ever. There is a true sense of connecting in this marvelous presence of God. Outside of time.

Shift from prose to poetry. Mind can’t articulate.

Mini renaissance. Vatican II Iconoclastic movement.

Why was there so much beauty in Middle Ages? Driver?

France, to see Notre Dame, Chartres Cathedral. Superstition did not build this.

Falling victim, demonic superstition of ugliness. Pockets of grace to us. Never have fullness of God in earth but get glimpses. Glimpses build our faith.

Revival. Man lay stay foundation stone knowing his grandson will not hear the bell.

How to get people to plant, till, sweat, to harvest the end.

Loss sense of poetry, just material.

Grace build on nature. Nature the means to the next level.

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