The Meaning of Blue: Recovering a Contemplative Spirit by Luke Bell OSB, the Earl of Oxford

By Luke Bell OSB, the Earl of Oxford

In his first Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis wrote: "We have to recuperate a contemplative spirit." The that means of Blue is ready simply any such restoration. Blue is the colour of heaven, of purity and fact. Its rarity in evidently happening elements on the earth and its abundance shining within the sky converse of an identical factor: a celestial gentle to which our tradition is more and more blind. With examples drawn from either the encouraged ambiguity of poetry and the depths of the Bible, Fr. Luke Bell exhibits the reader a manner of figuring out production and language as manifesting divine fact, after which leads further--into the magical culture of direct contemplation of God.

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In the so-called modern age, there has been for too long an emptying of the content of thought, a kind of hol-lowing out of the transcendental ways of “seeing,” a positivist lock upon the scope of educated or inquiring minds. But, as this timely book reminds us, man is not designed to play those sorts of games; rather, he is made to know truth, and it is impossible for him to 3 The Meaning of Blue ignore or renounce the being of things while there is breath in his body. In a philosophical way we can talk of God as “being” itself, but that, the author says, is really just another useful symbol, because God is “beyond” being, since He must be unconfined by the opposition of non-being.

If all it does is persuade one reader to be open to the true beauty of things efficaciously enough for that person to feel a little less lost and lonely, it will have been more than worth writing. In fact, I wouldn’t even be bothered if you read no further than here, if at least you were to look at the notes and find one book among them that helped you as much as it has helped me. 12 Introduction: Restoring the Wonder of a Child Some More Poetry By way of introduction, it simply remains to give a clearer indication of what is impeding a contemplative spirit and a more precise characterization of what it will be like when it is recovered.

This pearl of great price is the receptive heart. Solomon asks for a listening heart and is given everything else. ” It is not with the miser’s squint, or the narrowed eyes of the schemer, or the cautious glance of one preparing to attack, that we know: it is with the full, trusting gaze of a child. That trust contains a belief: a conviction that the world is meaningful, a confi-20 Introduction: Restoring the Wonder of a Child dence that words have value and power, a confession that God is the Creator of all.

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