THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING - CHAPTER 24

l.craddock's picture

For as it is said 156before, that the substance of this work is nought else but a naked intent directed unto God for Himself.

dohpeterchina's picture

Chapter 24 comments

Hello Everyone,

Our author has explained that all virtue is perfected in two virtues, meekness and now we consider charity; love of God for Himself above all creatures, and of man for God even as thyself. We have seen that meekness is comprised of two parts, recognition of our wretched state without God and a repentance and turning to God in perfect Love. Now our author moves to an examination of charity.

Charity he says comprises two parts: firstly to bemean to thine understanding, but love of God for Himself above all creatures, and of man for God even as thyself. In this we should bemean or better lower our understanding. If I understand the thrust, our author is asking us to not attach importance to understanding, to make our understanding lowly. And concentrate fully on love of God for Himself above all creatures, and of man for God even as thyself. Is it perhaps that in making understanding lowly, we allow the higher consciousness of Love to develop? This is the naked intent . Ignoring all created things in the universe, even his own self the contemplative should ask for God to give nought but Himself.

In this manner, Loving God the second and the lower branch of charity is fulfilled perfectly for Christians. All men whether friend or foe become equal to him. And are Loved equally and perfectly, because God responds with Love to the contemplative, and Love of God becomes the Love of all mankind.

A further meaning for the Medievals of Charity is divine grace. Is this not a beautiful way to be Christian?
Peter

Peter Smith
Co-Group Leader




Advertisements