Monday, July 06, 2015
As Pavel Florensky puts it in Ikonostasis, “. . . the spiritual world of the invisible is not some infinitely far off kingdom; instead, it everywhere surrounds us as an ocean; and we are like creatures lost on the bottom of the ocean floor while everywhere is streaming upward the fullness of a grace steadily growing brighter.”
Florensky, Pavel. Ikonostasis. Trans. Donald Sheehan and Olga Andrejev. Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press. 1996, 64.
We all experience the pull of transcendence because we “all experience our own existence as not existing out of itself but as coming from somewhere even if we don’t know from where.” We participate in Divine Being because we feel a tension, a pull, toward the Beyond, a mysterious attraction that only can be love. Reason, as well, pushes us to participate and becomes both our tool and our guide in the quest for the Ground.
15. Voegelin. “In Search of the Ground,” The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin II: Published Essays 1953-1965. Ed. Ellis Sandoz (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 230.