Wednesday, September 30, 2020

"Shadows cast by eternal truth"

From Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity in a feature called "Commonplaces." This one is a quotation from Ronald Knox (who also wrote mysteries):
.... Our intellects stammer and boggle when they try to reach the truth about Divine things, not because the other world is a reflection of ours, but because ours is a reflection, and how pale a reflection, of the other. That was what our Lord wanted us to see when he turned our metaphors, even, inside out for us, as you may read in St. John. The water in Jacob's well isn't real water; the real water is the living fountain of grace which he will unseal for the woman of Samaria, if she will only stop to listen. The vine that grows on yonder wall is not a real vine; the only real Vine is his own mystical body. The things we see and touch are only the shadows cast by eternal truth. What marvel if we, to whom shadow is substance, cannot raise our minds to contemplate the substance by which the shadow is cast? ....

Ronald Knox,The Hidden Stream, chapter 4, "Our Knowledge of God by Analogy" (1953)

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