7.06.2010

Pascal's Bowling Alley Conversion

For Pascal, it happened between 10:30 pm and 12:30 am on the night of November 23, 1654. Thereafter, he kept a memoir of his experience, sewed into the inside of whatever coat was his main standby. What I love is that what Pascal wrote about his experience that night is not very considerable, and he never mentioned it to anyone; all we have is the text of what a servant discovered on the inside of his coat when he died -- commentary about the experience, but certainly not the experience itself:

The year of grace 1654
Monday, 23 November, feast of Saint Clement, Pope and Martyr, and of others in the Martyrology.
Eve of Saint Chrysogonus, Martyr and others.
From about half past ten in the evening until half past midnight.

Fire
'God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob,' not of philosophers and scholars.
Certainty, certainty, heartfelt, joy, peace.
God of Jesus Christ.
God of Jesus Christ.
My God and your God.
'Thy God shall be my God.'
The world forgotten, and everything except God.
He can only be found by the ways taught in the Gospels.
Greatness of the human soul.
'O righteous Father, the world had not known thee, but I have known thee.'
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
I have cut myself off from him.
They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters.
'My God wilt thou forsake me?'
Let me not be cut off from him for ever!
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.'
Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ.
I have cut myself off from him, shunned him, denied him, crucified him.
Let me never be cut off from him!
He can only be kept by the ways taught in the Gospel.
Sweet and total renunciation.
Total submission to Jesus Christ and my director.
Everlasting joy in return for one day's effort on earth.
I will not forget thy word. Amen.


5 comments:

玉婷良DGFHFJ瑋黃吳 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。............................................................

云依恩HFH謝鄭JTR安 said...

好棒的地方 我一定要常來~~~^^~..................................................................

Ed said...

I agree with 玉婷良DGFHFJ瑋黃吳 and 云依恩HFH謝鄭JTR安.

香昱信張君林 said...

偶爾上來逛逛,下次不知是否還有緣再進來,先祝您平安順利!!!............................................................

Casey said...

I miss you, Ed.