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Moses's Dark Cloud, Teresa's Dark Night, and the Soul's Entrance into the Divine Presence

Moses's Dark Cloud, Teresa's Dark Night, and the Soul's Entrance into the Divine... K e v i n M. Cl a r k e Moses’s Dark Cloud, Teresa’s Dark Night, and the Soul’s Entrance into the Divine Presence Introduction “‘Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.’ What God? He who ‘made darkness his hiding place,’ as David says, who also was initiated into the mysteries in the same inner sanctuary.” These words from Gregory of Nyssa set the tone for the subsequent reflection upon the elusiveness of God, who hides himself in dark - ness and is found only after much purification and growth in virtue. Reading texts such as these as a Western Catholic, one cannot help but call to mind the mystical paths of Thérèse of Lisieux and Teresa of Calcutta. They experienced such intense darkness that they doubted they even knew God. This cannot be a phenomenon of the pres- ent time alone. Indeed, there are some strong parallels in Christian antiquity. This article will trace the thoughts of several Church Fathers re- garding darkness and illumination within the stream of Eastern Cath- olic mysticism. In particular, the rich mystical theology of Maximus the Confessor helps to illumine the darkness experienced by many believers. I will broadly survey http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Moses's Dark Cloud, Teresa's Dark Night, and the Soul's Entrance into the Divine Presence

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K e v i n M. Cl a r k e Moses’s Dark Cloud, Teresa’s Dark Night, and the Soul’s Entrance into the Divine Presence Introduction “‘Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.’ What God? He who ‘made darkness his hiding place,’ as David says, who also was initiated into the mysteries in the same inner sanctuary.” These words from Gregory of Nyssa set the tone for the subsequent reflection upon the elusiveness of God, who hides himself in dark - ness and is found only after much purification and growth in virtue. Reading texts such as these as a Western Catholic, one cannot help but call to mind the mystical paths of Thérèse of Lisieux and Teresa of Calcutta. They experienced such intense darkness that they doubted they even knew God. This cannot be a phenomenon of the pres- ent time alone. Indeed, there are some strong parallels in Christian antiquity. This article will trace the thoughts of several Church Fathers re- garding darkness and illumination within the stream of Eastern Cath- olic mysticism. In particular, the rich mystical theology of Maximus the Confessor helps to illumine the darkness experienced by many believers. I will broadly survey

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Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureLogos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Published: Dec 20, 2018

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