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MYSTICISM: The Mysticism Of Richard Rolle by Evelyn Underhill
Richard Rolle of Hampole, the first of them in time, and often called with justice, “The father of English Mysticism,” is in some aspects the most interesting and individual of the four. Possessed of great literary power, and the author of numerous poems and prose treatises, his strong influence may be felt in all the mystical and ascetic writers who succeeded him; and some knowledge of his works is essential to a proper understanding of the currents of religious thought in this country during the two centuries which preceded the Reformation. Sometimes known as the “English Bonaventura,” he might have been named with far greater exactitude the “English Francis”: for his life and temperament – though we dare not claim for him the unmatched gaiety, sweetness, and spiritual beauty of his Italian predecessor – yet present many parallels with those of the “little poor man” of Assisi. Both Francesco Bernadone and Richard Rolle were born romantics. Each represents the revolt of the unsatisfied heart and intuitive mind of the natural mystic from the comfortable, the prudent, and the commonplace: its tendency to seek in the spiritual world the ultimate beauty and the ultimate love. Both saw in poverty, simplicity, self-stripping, the only real freedom; in “carnal use and wont” the only real servitude. Moreover, both were natural artists, who found in music and poetry the fittest means of expression for their impassioned and all-dominating love of God. Francis held that the servants of the Lord were nothing else than his minstrels. He taught his friars to imitate the humility and gladness of that holy little bird, the lark; and when sweet melody of spirit boiled up within him, would sing troubadour-like in French to the Lord Jesus Christ. For Rolle, too, the glad and eager life of birds was a school of Christian virtue. At the beginning of his conversion, he took as his model the nightingale, which to song and melody all night is given, that she may please him to whom she is joined. For him the life of contemplation was essentially a musical state, and song, rightly understood, embraced every aspect of the soul’s communion with Reality. Sudden outbursts of lyrical speech and direct appeals to musical imagery abound in his writings, as in those of no other mystic; and perhaps constitute their outstanding literary characteristic.
mysticism  christian 
yesterday by ayjay
Football Sunday Feature: Matthew Slater on New England Patriots' incredible Super Bowl LI win - Sports Spectrum Global
Christian article about Patriots wide receiver/special teams player Matthew Slater and winning the Super Bowl last year.
Patriots  NFL  Christians_in_Sports  Slater_Matthew  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
2 days ago by milligan00
The Increase | Producing Perseverance – Trey Burton
Christian article by Eagles tight end Trey Burton about producing perseverance.
Eagles  NFL  Christians_in_Sports  Burton_Trey  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
2 days ago by milligan00
Patriots Nate Solder leaning on Christ despite son's rare cancer diagnosis - Sports Spectrum Global
Christian article (with video) about Patriots tackle Nate Solder and his wife leaning on Christ after their son's cancer diagnosis.
Patriots  NFL  Christians_in_Sports  Solder_Nate  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
2 days ago by milligan00
The Increase | Multiply – Demario Davis
Christian article by Jets linebacker Demario Davis about multiplying your influence.
Jets  NFL  Christians_in_Sports  Davis_Demario  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
4 days ago by milligan00
Football Sunday Feature: Adam Thielen's Pro Bowl Perseverance - Sports Spectrum Global
Christian article about Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and his long road to the NFL and success.
Vikings  Christians_in_Sports  Thielen_Adam  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
4 days ago by milligan00
Chi Rho - Wikipedia
"The Chi Rho (/ˈkaɪ ˈroʊ/; also known as chrismon or sigla[1]) is one of the earliest forms of christogram, formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters—chi and rho (ΧΡ)—of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (Christos) in such a way that the vertical stroke of the rho intersects the center of the chi. (...)

In pre-Christian times, the Chi-Rho symbol was also to mark a particularly valuable or relevant passage in the margin of a page, abbreviating chrēston (good). Some coins of Ptolemy III Euergetes (r. 246–222 BC) were marked with a Chi-Rho. (...)

Although formed of Greek characters, the device (or its separate parts) are frequently found serving as an abbreviation in Latin text, with endings added appropriate to a Latin noun, thus XPo, signifying Christo, "to Christ", the dative form of Christus.

The Chi Rho symbol has two Unicode codepoints: U+2627 ☧ Chi Rho in the Miscellaneous symbols block and U+2CE9 ⳩ Coptic symbol Khi Ro in the Coptic block. (...)"
christian  symbol  history 
4 days ago by eric.brechemier
[fr] Les branches du christianisme | Musée virtuel du Protestantisme
"(...) Les croyances du christianisme sont l’objet de débats doctrinaux : la tenue de conciles œcuméniques a pour but de trancher ces querelles, en définissant plus précisément les dogmes et en condamnant les hérésies.

Et même lorsqu’ils partagent les mêmes croyances, les chrétiens adoptent des pratiques religieuses différentes, en fonction de leurs langues, de leurs pays, de leurs traditions.

Ces divisions sont à l’origine des trois grandes branches du christianisme : orthodoxes, catholiques et protestants. En 1054, le grand schisme d’Orient sépare les orthodoxes et les catholiques ; en 1517, la Réforme donne naissance au protestantisme.

Mais les divisions sont en réalité plus nombreuses, comme en témoigne le schéma des confessions chrétiennes. Si certaines Églises se séparent, d’autres se rapprochent au cours du temps : les Églises catholiques orientales (souvent appelées « uniates ») se sont ainsi ralliées à l’Église catholique romaine à des dates diverses ; les mouvements vaudois et hussites se sont ralliés à la Réforme protestante au début du 16e siècle…

Cette diversité du christianisme, qui subsiste aujourd’hui, est particulièrement visible au Moyen-Orient où se concentrent de nombreux sièges de patriarcats, dont beaucoup de fidèles ont fui leur terre d’origine et sont maintenant dispersés dans le monde."
christian  church  history 
4 days ago by eric.brechemier
The Increase | A Friend of God – David Ledbetter
Christian article by Rangers minor-league pitcher David Ledbetter about having a friend in God.
TX_Rangers  MLB  Christians_in_Sports  Ledbetter_David  Christian  Sports_Spectrum 
4 days ago by milligan00

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