January 17th, 2020

T.Byron K. 2013

Fr. Alexander Men

From Letters April 25, 2015

Thinking today a bit of the Priest Fr. Alexander Men who was killed in Russia for his faith. Bishop Joseph Sigrist (a long time friend) is a scholar of his work and has a web page set up as well that you may want to visit @ http://www.alexandermen.com/Main_Page
"And the entire Christian mystical tradition from Paul to the present is built on this: that the way to the Father is only through the Son. Christ said “I am the door”, the gateway to heaven."
"So our common spiritual Father is God. And the mystery of the Gospel is this: an openness of the heart to the news of Jesus Christ. This is because each of us knows very well how weak and confused we are, and how every manner of sin and disorder has built its nest inside us."
"And today God’s kingdom mysteriously manifests itself among us as we do good, show love, contemplate beauty, or feel the fullness of life."
"Grace is new life."
-Fr. Alexander Men
And also of the mystical writer Norman O. Brown;
"Literalism makes the world of abstract materialism;
of dead matter; of the human body as dead matter. Literalism kills everything, including the human body. It is the spirit Blake called Ulro, which sees nothing but rock and sand, jostling together in the void; Whitehead's Misplaced Concreteness: "Nature a dull affair, soundless, scentless, colorless; merely the hurrying of material, endlessly, meaninglessly." Literalism makes a universe of stone, and men astonished, petrified. Literalism is the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones; tables of stone and a stony heart, a heart for the first time, or is it the second time, made of flesh. " A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."
-N.O Brown
Love's Body