From the readings at Mass yesterday – 2 Corinthians, maybe my set of letters out of Paul (patron of writers) –
“But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
What does this have to do with Soulographie? Well, everything is Soulogrpahie for me through November… But in particular (as with Teresa of Avila) I’m struck by the bond between mystical theology and administration (many of Paul’s letters were at root about administration – about holding ensemble together, maintaining clarity of thought/soul/action while building practical community). Spiritually, writing on genocidal trauma needs to be a yes that is not against a no, but larger than it (containing it). I advocate for partisan (faithful) writing on genocide; to be equivocal (amoral; relativistic; in despair of discernment) or destroyed (the “no” wins) is a waste of dramatic space – abjures the social construction of meaning (drama’s reason for being). The struggle is to say, somehow, that “even though this (so much that has been violated, permanently broken), there is still this (still so much to do… not joyful precisely – but open one day to joy). That’s the tragic “catharsis” – room to work (not for the state, not for possession – but for more knowing). While on the Bible road – “Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in His holy place? The person of clean hands and pure heart…” Once purged (clean) then – we climb – then, we get to work.
In terms of producing Soulographie – each struggle leads us to a new way of saying yes to the impossible…