A RE-BLOG POST – “Symbols” by Thomas Merton

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“Symbols”

Traditionally, the value of the symbol is precisely in its apparent uselessness

 as a means of simple communication.  It is ordered toward communion,

 not to communication. Because it is not an efficient mode of communicating

 information, the symbol can achieve a higher purpose, beyond 

cause and effect. Instead of establishing a new contact by a meeting of minds

 in the sharing of news, the symbol tells nothing new:

 it revives our awareness of what we already know,

 and deepens our awareness. What is “new” in the symbol is the ever new

 discovery of a new depth and a new actuality in what is and always has been.

The function of the symbol is to manifest a union that already exists

 but is not fully realized.  The symbol awakens awareness or restores it.  

Therefore it does not aim at communication but at communion. 

 Communion is the awareness of participation in…

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Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em

God Thru the Arts

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em:  A Reflection “The Card Players”

painted by Paul Cezanne’s

by Adam R. Nettesheim

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk way, know when to run!” – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

1248px-Les_Joueurs_de_cartes,_par_Paul_Cézanne The Card Players (circa 1894/95) Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) oil on canvas, 18.7 x 22.4″, Musee d’ Orsey, Image Source

Plainly said, I see in this painting two gentlemen sitting down for a game of cards.  To my eyes they look pretty focused on the game.  Or maybe they just don’t have much to say to one another?  Then my eyes catch their clothing. One looks a little more well off than the other.  He’s got a tall hat, a pipe, and his posture is straight, whereas the gentlemen in the mustard colored coat is hunched, elbows on the table, and a hat that looks…

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