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The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing urges us to to fix our love on God while forgetting all else, which is the work of contemplation. If we do so, God in his goodness will bring us a deep experience of God. Even Christians called primarily to a life...

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The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing urges us to to fix our love on God while forgetting all else, which is the work of contemplation. If we do so, God in his goodness will bring us a deep experience of God. Even Christians called primarily to a life of active service must at times lay aside their activity and give time to meditation and communion with God. One must be a person of faith, sufficient faith to believe in the Divine Presence hidden beyond the cloud of unknowing. One must also have turned from sin toward God in love, a love strong enough to make one seek God in the darkness of his incomprehensibility, leaving behind other attractions and desires. It is not what we are or what we have been that God sees with his all-merciful eyes, but what we desire to be. It is God, and he alone, who can fully satisfy the hunger and longing of our spirit, which, transformed by his redeeming grace, is enabled to embrace him by love.

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