O Oriens,splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
English:O Morning Star,splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
As far as how I am spiritually wired… not really being overly western or eastern in my thinking on things, the concept of “The UnCreated Light” has always been fascinating to me. With the spiritual discipline of Hesychism, one seeks to encounter that. Most of us will never be able to find it in our mortal life, because of our many imperfections. Those few holy men who do, are living saints. Honestly, there have been as many in the west as they have been found in the east, but under different realizations. I would place any Stigmatic with any Schema monk. Both encounter God and angels constantly. Both become a reflection of that Uncreated Light, and as such we are able to encounter them
Advent is naturally during a very, very dark time of year. Imagine how much worse it would have been as a Christian in the Black forest for instance during the middle ages, where there were no street lights, indoor lights or heat.
The concept of Morning star speaks directly to the Uncreated Light. The First star, the star that cracks light into darkness. So too God Incarnate, becomes the light in the darkness of both a physical and metaphysical world
Our Salvation is a WORKING SALVATION. One can thump all the verse they feel like, but unless there is a deep, contemplative transformation, and an encounter with that light… we can only rely on the mercy of God.
So again keeping with our understanding of things in a non linear sense as it relates to Salvation, that of being something that Has, Is, and will happen to us, it is fitting that even now more then ever that we hope, pray and search for a deep encounter with Christ. in a rather dark world, our only hope for illumination, is a psychological and intellectual transformation. Only when we realize that the source of Truth is Jesus.. will our world be saved. May we come to comprehend that, so that one day we can take it in in fullness when we are perfected