whistle while you work

by Andrea Elizabeth

Ambiguum 5 is the last to Thomas, 6 is to John, who I believe was St. Maximus’s spiritual father. Don’t know if I got that right at the beginning.

After his ever so humble prologue saying how John, already knowing inner meanings, sometimes asks people who don’t know anything and who have no literary style, so that some morsel of truth may accidentally come out, in Ambiguum 6 St. Maximus clarifies that St. Gregory is not saying that we need to flee our bodies in order to contemplate mysteries, we need to detach ourselves from “unreserved love for my body”.

In this age of letting it go, and how much happier people are when they do, to say no, or even wait, to our bodies is considered a hate crime. I wonder if in previous days when people weren’t expected to indulge themselves, if it was easier to deny ourselves. I suppose that’s what the Great Depression taught. Years of plenty undo it, it seems. Perhaps the Great Depression trained the “greatest generation” for the trials of WWII.

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