Friday, June 10, 2011

In the seventh century there lived an Irish missionary to Switzerland and monk called St. Ursicinus, who built a monastery in a place that would come to be known as St. Ursanne.



His hermitage is a favorite place of mine.



Yesterday I quoted the 2nd century Persian poet Hafiz and his questions about God; my own journey with God is a Biblical one, but like Hafiz and many others, I feel God is greater than our expression of Him; His divine attributes more ferocious than anything we can neatly fit into our theological definition or conceive with human intellect.

Thank God He is greater than my assumptions of Him.



Hafiz is a little shelf where my thoughts about God and the meaning of life can sit down and find tranquility.



He writes:

"We are like lutes once held by God.

Being away from his warm body

Fully explains

This constant yearning."


I answered that for you, Nancy. :)

It is always a risk to express oneself clearly with regard to religion... for clarity, I feel, will not be known in this world; not until we are made to see and know the glory of God.

I am a lute once held by God, longing for the warmth of His divine body.

13 comments:

Evi said...

C'est très beau ce que tu écris. Oui Dieu n'a pas besoins de savoir ce que nous pensons de Lui. Il veut juste que nous croyons en Lui et que nous Lui faisions confiance.
Quelles belles photos. Surtout la dernière !
Bisous

Nancy said...

Beautiful images, Allison. What an inspiring place. And thanks for answering the question! Have a lovely weekend. :)

Out on the prairie said...

Very beautiful area to contemplate life. I love the Mary statue, a serene person who always intrigues me.Have one at my right always.I laughed thinking of visiting new areas and discovering saints i wasn't familiar with. I sent a card to a friend who was a nun saying i wish i knew my saints better.After it dropped in the box I then envisioned getting home to a stack of books from her to read. We laughed at this a lot.

Trisha said...

Beautiful photos. It looks like such a calming place to reflect & ponder :)

texwisgirl said...

great post. what a lovely place - the statue of the monk under the altar made me laugh - and that should be a part of all religions. :)

Changes in the wind said...

What a inspiring place to seek God...great post.

Meg said...

I love how you put that. God is really greater than our expression of Him. I think of lot of times we tend to pigeon hole Him into a certain perception because our tiny brains can not truly understand things that are not like us (you know, seeing is believing) and the actual wonder of Him is too great to take in. Great thoughts! And the pictures are lovely too! :)

texwisgirl said...

lets just see...

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texwisgirl said...

woo hoo!

Marissa ♥ said...

This is beautiful, Allison! Beautiful place, beautiful photos and a beautiful post.

Randy said...

The photographs are so beautiful. In answer to your question, chili is used for everything here decor, food, drink (red chili beer) I prefer the green chili beer. One of my favorites is Red Chili Chocolate cake!

Ola said...

This hermitage is really wonderful! Thanks or sharing the pictures!
Yes, we do not even probably expect how great God is

Dawn said...

I need a place like this!