Between the Mud and the Stars

20 Jun

In the fourth century there came into being an entirely new form of supernatural soul-therapy. It was monasticism. A veritable army fled into the desert in order to fight their way out of this demoniacally dark world into the realm of heavenly light. In the words of Boethius they felt they were “between mud and the stars” and they sought by leading an angelic life to save their humanity and safeguard themselves from being turned into beasts.

Hugo Rahner, S.J. Greek Myths and Christian Mystery (Harper & Row, Publishers, New York and Evanston English Translation (c) Burns & Oats Ltd 1963 p 211.)

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