"It is consummated."

“Everything” is about nothing.
Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb.
All is consummated.
We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection.
Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone.
The rest is illusion and catching up.
There is nothing to be afraid of.

I awoke from a sound sleep with that repeating in my head, this morning, and grabbed a pen and wrote it down.

I kind of like it.

I’m not sure what it all means, particularly the “illusion and catching up” part. So I figured I’d throw it up here and we can talk about it, if you care to. Probably, it means nothing at all, just some refuse floating around my subconscious, but it’s interesting.

I haven’t read Revelation in a while, but it smacks of Chapter 19 to me. And also, of the Catholic Mass.

A long time ago I bought Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth, and never had the chance to read it. I don’t see it on my shelves which means I either loaned it out or it was lost in one of my husband’s “do-something-about-all-these-books” purges. I’ll have to look for it. This might be the day to read it, after all.

Also, this is interesting digging

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  • Looloo

    “There is nothing to be afraid of” is going to repeat in my head for days. I just sent it to a friend who is having such a hard time. Thank you for being the channel for that.

  • gb

    I’m not sure I can interpret that, its too profound for me but last night I lay awake…thinking of the scandal of the Kennedy funeral which, to me, is as great or greater than the Notre Dame Scandal of May 17. Its confusing and sad for me to see prelates in my Church that I love like my family acting like the deaths of 50 million kids (one of which was mine) isn’t that big a deal.
    Last night I got an image in my mind of a big ship tossing around on big waves. When a wave came, the front of the ship went up & the back went down but the ship stayed together. I’ve never been on a ship so I have no idea what the correct terms to describe that. My sense was that the ship was the Church in this country right now. We’re all on it and all at different levels but it’ll hold together. At any rate, it made me feel more peaceful.

  • Bender

    “illusion and catching up”

    God is the only real reality. As the “I am” — Truth in Person — He is the only thing that truly “is,” while all else, proceeding from Him, but being less than He, is by comparison a pale shadow. That the shadow seems like the real thing is an illusion. It is not. Only He is the real reality.

    That shadow of reality, although not the full reality, is a step towards it. While it is necessary to reject the illusion that this world is the full and complete reality, the illusion that it is the one and only truth, the world, including the human body by which we experience things, is intended to and does move us closer — it lets us catch up — to He who is that One and Complete Truth.

  • Bender

    illusion and catching up –

    “the Word of God is the foundation of everything, it is the true reality. And to be realistic, we must rely upon this reality. We must change our idea that matter, solid things, things we can touch, are the more solid, the more certain reality.

    “At the end of the Sermon on the Mount the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. The one who builds on sand builds only on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will pass away. We can see this now with the fall of large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. The one who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand.

    “Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is the one who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things. The realist is the one who builds his life on this foundation, which is permanent.

    Address of Pope Benedict XVI
    2008 Synod of Bishops on the Word of God

    October 6, 2008

    [Bender, I recalled that, too -admin]

  • That One Girl a.k.a. Bender’s Cheerleader

    Although the profundity of the words escapes me, what strikes me is that I’m pretty sure there’s something fundamentally important in that those words were put in your head while you slept.

  • Patrick

    I’ve been reading your site for several months, first time commenter. Two things have inspired me to write:

    You’ve GOT to read the Supper of the Lamb. I just finished it last week (easy read) and the Mass will never be the same! Scott’s book should be required reading. Your sleepy thoughts contain great wisdom, I believe. We get so hung up on differentiating between timeliness and timelessness that we fail to see them meet when the veil is drawn, especially at Mass.

    Also and not unrelated, I just finished grilling and eating a steak a la your link to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe where it’s covered in a sauce of fried onions, butter, cream and blue cheese. I think this ranks among my top 10 favorite meals (along with roasted mini-potatoes and corn on the cob) of all time. Had a feeling afterwards that I was maybe glimpsing something eternal. Perhaps it was the blue cheese getting to me. Outstanding!

    Keep up the fine blogging!

  • Iris Celeste

    I needed to hear those words, Thank You, dearest Anchoress!

  • http://www.observantromancatholic.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    Overall it might have to do with necessity vs contingency.

    Also, it reminds me of St. Augustine’s section on “Time and Eternity” in Book 11 of Confessions.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    >>“Everything” is about nothing.
    Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb.
    All is consummated.
    We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection.
    Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone.
    The rest is illusion and catching up.
    There is nothing to be afraid of.<<

    Let me take a stab at "IT"

    Without having read any comments yet, “IT” sounds to me that your Jesus is telling you that you’ve already made “IT” UP but keep working to pass the good news on to others but don’t go overboard worrying about “IT” for now!

    I hear ya! Do you really think that’s what “IT” says Victor? :)

  • http://sharp-edge-of-the-sphere.blogspot.com/ Tigger23505

    The rest is illusion and catching up.
    There is nothing to be afraid of.

    Eph 6:10-20 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (19) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20) For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    The illusion is the idea that the physical, sensible world is all that there is. The catching up is our renewed diligence in prayer for G-d’s work to be done by his children.

  • http://Etheldreda'splace Supertradmom

    The catching up has to do with us praying for those who are not and have not been practicing their Catholicism. We need to pray fervently right now for those who have left the Church, or are faltering for a lack of intercessory prayer. The catching-up may also refer to accepting the discipline and pruning in our own lives in order to be purified….

  • Karen May

    I love it! You are so succint; what else is there? Love the Supper of the Lamb and almost anything Scott Hahn.

    “There is nothing to be afraid of.” I really like that; makes me peaceful like JPII’s Be not afraid. Thanks.

  • Margie

    GB,

    That is the same vision as Don Bosco had, about the church of the 20th century
    Here is the link with a picture

    margie

  • Warren

    Hey there, Anchoress!

    I wanted to thank you for adding me to the prayer list recently, and to ask that you continue. On Friday, my brother was charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of my parents. While there is no such thing as a good way to learn that there’s been an arrest in your parents’ murder, and while my brother is my brother, I find some consolation in the idea that there may be justice for my parents.

    Again, thanks for the prayers for my family.

    [Warren, I sort of had a sense that was how it would be. I am sorry to know all of this and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. admin]

  • http://sharp-edge-of-the-sphere.blogspot.com/ Tigger23505

    GB,
    “Last night I got an image in my mind of a big ship tossing around on big waves. When a wave came, the front of the ship went up & the back went down but the ship stayed together. I’ve never been on a ship so I have no idea what the correct terms to describe that. My sense was that the ship was the Church in this country right now. We’re all on it and all at different levels but it’ll hold together. At any rate, it made me feel more peaceful.”

    As a longtime professional mariner – the motion that you are describing is called pitching. It generally occurs as a ship is moving up the face of one wave and then down that wave and into the next. The truly awesome part is when the bow digs into a wave and green water sweeps over the deck. I’m on a restricted bandwidth connection at the moment or I would look for some good youtube footage of green water. If you’ve ever watched “Most Dangerous Catch,” you’ve seen it happen on a crab boat – the producers like it because it is very visual and visceral.

  • Petrusbarjona

    “Everything” is about nothing.
    To me, this screams St. John of the Cross – God who is the TODA, the All, whose ladder is the NADA, the nothing. In a sense, everything, every living thing, every created thing is really all about nothing – they continue to tell us, if only we will listen, ‘No, it is not I that you seek.’ No, it’s not the money, not the fame, not the pleasure, no created thing can satisfy this innate longing, this unsatiated nostalgia etched in our humanity. They seem to tell us, everyone of these ‘things’ which we constantly feel the need to turn to idols, ‘No, I cannot give you what need. In my shortcoming, I can do nothing but exacerbate your longing.’ My nothingness points to the ultimate All.

    Everything ended with the sacrifice of the Lamb.
    All is consummated.

    “”This was the most extreme abandonment, sensitively, that He had suffered in His whole life, surpassing all the works and deeds and miracles that He had ever performed in heaven or on earth. That is, He brought about the reconciliation and union of the human race with God through grace.” (Ascent, Book II, 22, 7-11)
    The ‘All’ is consummated at the Altar of the Cross and Calvary becomes the axis of creation. There, everything is ended, there we see the downfall of idols and the triumph of Incarnate Love, Incarnate Truth. At the Cross, everything is caught up in the All, the All which “lowers Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire.” (St. Therese of Lisieux) There, everything finds its end as it is the Fountain par excellence that quenches our thirst.

    We are forever and always at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at the Resurrection.
    In God’s eternal moment, it is one redemptive mystery: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter Sunday. When we recognize the nothingness of creatures and our hearts are re-oriented towards that Absolute All in which our restlessness finds rest, we will be caught up in that eternal moment – time melts before the Ageless One whose Face is love. The Triduum – this is its song sung in harmony: Merciful Love! Redeeming Love! Crucified and Glorified Love is the source and summit of our longing.

    Time ended with the tearing of the veil and the rolling back of the stone.
    Lady Time bows before the One who existed before all the ages– the mystical veil and the door of the stonecold womb, both now open before us. It is a liturgy of apocalyptic proportions. Apokalypsis – to reveal that which is hidden. “The doors! the doors! Wisdom, let us be attentive!” When the mystery is opened before us, we are caught up in God’s eternal moment, where everything find their fulfillment in the All. It is a sweet communion, a heavenly liturgy, a paschal banquet.

    The rest is illusion and catching up.
    In this Divine Eucharistic Fire, our ‘everything’ will eventually be caught up in purification or be melted away. We can’t worry about these little things. In the presence of the Divine Majesty, our first thoughts often turn to the idols which clutter our hearts- ‘”I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:5)

    Yet, we recognize, we, the unworthy, are made worthy. We who have no excuse for our crimes are justified, not by our works but by grace. Proof? Placed on our lips is the living ember, that unleavened bread which is ‘an offering made by fire’ (Lev 24:7), “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” (Isaiah 6:7) And so we are told, “There is nothing to be afraid of.”

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  • Joseph Marshall

    I think what you have is the central fragment of the “everything is different” experience you spoke of from your last retreat, which I don’t you ever got fully expressed in your prose here. I also think you are being told that fully expressing it is unfinished business that really ought to be taken care of. Finally, I think you should feel free to treat this little fragment as a “first draft” requiring more thought and work for full articulation.

    [Joseph, I knew you would see the connection to my last retreat, and yes, it is completely connected to what I learned and how I changed during that retreat. That I do know. Whether I can articulate what I learned on retreat is still unknown. It's all "processing," so to speak. Perhaps I'm not the girl to write it out. Perhaps it needs better prose than I am capable of. -admin]

  • http://ognipiacere.blogspot.com/ qualcosa di bello

    WOW! just WOW!!! for years i have just read your blessed blog, but i had to de-lurk & thank you for sharing this. the whole “illusion & catching up” idea is singing inside my head wrapped in the comfort of the idea that there is nothing to be afraid of. i keep thinking about time as kronos/kairos & how the words with which you were gifted seem to ‘explain’ the perplexity of time. God bless!

  • G.R. Mead

    This is rather tough going, but it is too rich in possibility to ignore given your “dream.”

    It is a novel thought on the foundation of physical reality, timeless, infinitely rich and diverse and yet unchangeable, though from time-bound perception it seems to change. It is a strikingly parallel physical conception of your vision in an obviously very different mode

    [Oh, heavens, you must think I'm a lot smarter than I am. That's way beyond me! -admin]

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  • G.R. Mead

    As I said, tough going — but this is a good bit easier on the basic issue and may help cut through to the essential point that this deeply novel physical observation on the “Invariant Set” attractor may point to

    And this also follows a chaotic attractor, but is just plain fun to look at

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  • mandamum

    Reminds me of both Teresa of Avila:
    Nada te turbe.
    Nada te espante.
    Todo se pasa.
    Dios no se muda.
    La paciencia
    Todo lo alcanza.
    Quien a Dios tiene
    Nada le falta.
    Sólo Dios basta.

    and also of TS Eliot, especially the Four Quartets…. and he takes some rereading :)

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  • P

    It’s also reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s semi-autobiographical Valis, in which he took a similarly eschatological vision of time quite literally.


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