where i love i live – 2/21/14

A citation from a student post on the class blog for Acting Together:

 

Susie Kim

The starting-point of critical elaboration is the consciousness of what one really is, and is ‘knowing thyself’ as a product of the historical process to date which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory. Such an inventory must therefore be made at the outset. – Gramsci

 

Also:

 

Feast of St. Robert Southwell, Jesuit priest and poet (?1561–1595). On giving way; on loving more perfectly:

 

I dye alive

O LIFE! what letts thee from a quicke decease?

O death! what drawes thee from a present praye?

 

My feast is done, my soule would be at ease,

My grace is saide; O death! come take awaye.

 

I live, but such a life as ever dyes;

      I dye, but such a death as never endes;

My death to end my dying life denyes,

And life my living death no whitt amends.

 

Thus still I dye, yet still I do revive;

My living death by dying life is fedd;

Grace more then nature kepes my hart alive,

Whose idle hopes and vayne desires are deade.

 

Not where I breath, but where I love, I live;

Not where I love, but where I am, I die;

The life I wish, must future glory give,

The deaths I feele in present daungers lye.

 

And from today’s Lauds – the wonder of being dependent:

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervour sustain me.

– Ps 50

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