Thursday, May 08, 2014

Yelchaninov: behind the closed door

Thursday, May 8, 2014
    Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
    When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
    —Isaiah 8:19 (NIV)
    The practice of theosophy, occultism, spiritualism is not only harmful in its effect on spiritual health, but has as its basis an illegitimate desire to peep through a closed door. We are humbly to admit the existence of a Mystery, and not try to slip round by the backstairs to listen. Moreover, we have been given a supreme law of life which leads us straight to God—love, a difficult, thorny path; we must follow it, bearing our cross, with no excursions into byways.
    ... Alexander Yelchaninov (1881-1934), Fragments of a Diary: 1881-1934, in A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, Georgii Petrovich Fedotov, ed., Nordland, 1975, p. 428 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 8:19; Matt. 13:35; 24:24; Luke 14:27; Acts 19:19; 1 Cor. 2:7-10; 2 Thess. 2:9-10; 1 Tim. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the mysteries and the hidden future I leave in Your hands.
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