(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 8-9)
"I learned both what is secret and what
is manifest, for wisdom, the fashioner of
all things, taught me. For in her there is
a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique,
manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good,
keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast,
sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing
all, and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and
penetrates all things. For she is a breath
of the power of God, and a pure emanation
of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing
defiled gains entrance into her. For she
is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless
mirror of the working of God, and an image
of his goodness." (36)
Purging The Past
Old ways are like mud on the panes
Of glass that form her memory;
Expired knowledge, like dark stains,
Distorts her view with history.
The light of Christ is pure and clear;
Passing through all, it's not contained.
Within this light, truth will appear,
In minds transparent and unstained.
This clear knowledge exceeds what could
Be reached with reason's keenest mind.
Within wisdom, what's understood,
Leaves all natural reason blind.
As infused wisdom supersedes
Her memory's old ways and norms,
Familiar knowledge recedes --
This clash causes her mental storms.
The clamor of the storms can last
Till memory is purged of past.
May the brilliant light of Christ cleanse
our memories to prepare the way for Wisdom.
36. Wisdom 7:21-26
(c) Paul Buis, 2004