By Annie Dillard
"Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy because it is elegant, For the Time Being is, within the truest experience, a watch- opener."--Daily News
From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and probably the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her so much profound narrative thus far. along with her willing eye, penchant for paradox, and craving for fact, Dillard renews our skill to find ask yourself in life's smallest--and usually darkest--corners.
Why will we exist? the place did we come from? How can one individual subject? Dillard searches for solutions in a strong array of pictures: photos of bird-headed dwarfs within the typical reference of human delivery defects; 10000 terra-cotta figures shaped for a chinese language emperor instead of the human courtroom that may have him into loss of life; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi desolate tract; the dizzying number of clouds. bright, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being inspires a minimum of the terrifying grandeur of all that is still tantalizingly and troublingly past our understanding.
"Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human viewpoint of the area, prior, current and destiny, and the individual's rather inconsequential yet ever so distinctive position in it."--Rocky Mountain News
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There is no passage that we cannot discover, nothing is shut against us, neither the garden, nor the cellar, nor the vineyard. If we desire to breathe the fresh country air, we can go on our own feet and return when we please. With this key of David we can enter and depart; it is the key of science, and of that abyss in which are contained all the hidden treasures of divine Wisdom. With this heavenly key we also open the gates of mystical death with its sacred darkness. By it also we descend into the deep pools and into the den of lions.
It listens to the voice of the Word when it sounds in the depths of the heart, it does not inquire as to what the divine Spouse has said to others, but is satisfied with what it receives for itself, so that moment by moment it becomes, in this way, divinized without its knowledge. It is thus that the divine Word converses with His spouse, by the solid effects of His action which the spouse without scrutinizing curiously, accepts with loving gratitude. Thus the spirituality of such a soul is perfectly simple, absolutely solid, and thoroughly diffused throughout its entire being.
It is no longer a choice between prayer and silence, seclusion and society, reading and writing, meditation and cessation of thought, flight from and seeking after spiritual consolations, abundance and dearth, feebleness and health, life and death, but it is all that each moment presents by the will of God. In this is despoilment, abnegation, renunciation of all things created, either in reality or affectively, in order to retain nothing of self, or for self, to be in all things submissive to the will of God and to please Him; making it our sole satisfaction to sustain the present moment as though there were nothing else to hope for in the world.