Julius Caesar, Blessed Passion, Endless Travelling and Sacred Gardens

Recent additions to our library include an article by Adrian Paterson, on a subtle point relating to Roman history and politics, Divus Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar the Divine):

…combien peu importantes pour Jules César étaient ses conquêtes et ses œuvres littéraires par comparaison avec son rôle de chef spirituel de tout l’empire romain et avec ce que ceci implique de qualités spirituelles. Si cette interprétation de son rôle d’intermédiaire est admise, plusieurs faits de sa vie sont expliqués par là.

• An article on traditional psychology by Bronwen Neil, “The Blessed Passion of Holy Love”, with particular reference to the writings of Maximus the Confessor:

The aim of the ascetic struggle is dispassion, or disinterestedness (apatheia)… detachment from the irrational parts of the soul… not detachment for its own sake, “but only so that, in their purified state, they can be reintegrated into the whole human being.” Only through such reintegration can Christians fully and truly love God, and consequently love themselves (for we are made in the image of God) and the rest of the created world.

• And “The Endless Voyage”, an article by Michel Chodkiewicz on the symbolism of travel as developed by Ibn ‘Arabi:

Thus, willingly or not, knowingly or not, each creature is travelling on a path. But, as an untranslatable play on words in the Arabic title suggests, this path cannot properly be called a “voyage” (safar) unless it is also a disclosure or an unveiling (isfar)

• We would like to draw your attention to an upcoming “practical & philosophical workshop” on Sacred Gardens by Emma Clark. This three-day event will take place in Wells, Somerset, from 9th to 11th May. Please follow this link for more details.