Saturday, 7 September 2013

Devotion to the Sacred Heart - oops!

I have to apologise for missing the chance to link up yesterday to a new blog set up to promote the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart.

I did plan too, but I'm afraid I was rather out of it yesterday due to a rather violent allergic reaction to something I ate the day before (I've just rediscovered how bad my allergy to milk is!).

But it is not yet too late at least in some parts of the world, and do go take a look at the resources over there in any case, and I'll try to remember to give a prompt next month.

1 comment:

Martin S. said...

Was just reading Anna Terruwe M.D. Ph.D

Pope Paul VI once said that the work of Anna A. Terruwe was a "gift for the Church"

'Psychic Wholeness and Healing' p22

"[intuitive or contemplative intellect as distinct from discursive intellect] In this connection it should be noted that we can speak of the 'the connatural knowledge of the heart' whenever the pleasure emotions - in their intimate relationship with the intuitive intellect - are elevated and transformed into psychic motors that completely support man's contemplative intellect and loving will. It is precisely through this elevating effect that man's primary emotions, the pleasure emotions, become typically human. For this reason, we also call them the humane emotions. Whenever the heart is contrasted to the mind- as for example in the Scriptures - the heart is to be understood psychologically as the pleasure emotions elevated by and integrated with the intuitive intellect, and the mind as reason in its close association with the utilitarian emotions. Psychologically speaking, the heart in this sense could well be the spiritual power that spiritualises man's intellectual dimension.

Just as there is an intuitive and reasoning moment in man's knowing power, so there is also a double element in the will: the loving will and the executive will.

The basic activity of the will is love. Love is the passion of the intellect. The loving will is a blind power which follows the enlightenment of the intellect. Just as the activity of the intellect comes to its perfection in accepting and approving what is insofar as it is, one approves the known being as valuable in itself, as worthwhile to be. What really and objectively is, is worthwhile to be appreciated and approved according to the level of its being.

Therefore the loving will is characterised by the activity of passivity. The core of love is: let it be, because it is good as is. Love is respect and adoration of the loved being. Love allow the being to be, and it enjoys its being.

Just as the intuitive intellect exceeds the boundaries of representation, so does the loving will. But the loving will is surrender where the intellect still hesitates. Unlike the reasoning intellect which brings the knower to perfection by interiorising the known being, love is ecstatic. It goes out to the loved being and wills its perfection.