The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.
Friday, July 21, 2017
This spring I look a hiatus and it is continuing. Thomas Upham wrote voluminously and there is more material to work through, but I needed a break from this and I really don't know when I'll pick it up again.
Besides The Life of Faith, the main other important books that Upham wrote about the spiritual life are the spiritual biographies of Madame Guyon and Catherine of Genoa.
The edition of the Guyon biography that I have been editing has small type. This means that the Optical Character Recognition errors are are far more numerous in text extracted from this book than in the others I have edited. The work is slow, the chapters are long, and the sentences — of course — are (characteristically) long and complex.
I just got tired of it. It doesn't mean I've given up on this project. It just means that I need a break.
And, I am glad I took one.
I will get back to this at some point.