8 mai 1921 – 7 août 2015
From a conversation between Ulrik Alver Solli and Erik Varden O.C.S.O
– Do we sufficiently recognise the need for spiritual realities in today’s society?
–I don’t believe so. And the older I get, the more it is my rational conviction that we don’t. The human being carries something like a seed of eternity. This can be s source of frustration, even pain, in people – this fact of carrying, albeit unconsciously, the longing for something eternal.
– How can this be remedied?
– Primarily, I’d say, by recognising that I have in me something that will not be satisfied by anything immediate, that spurs me on to extend my existence in such a way that it will reach the dimensions of my longing. It is about recognising that I carry a thirst for boundlessness that will not be slaked by a one-click purchase from Amazon.
We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work:
Seeds of faith planted with faith;
Love nurtured by love; Courage strengthened by courage.
We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul;
The bitter and the sweet; For that which has grown in adversity.
And for that which has flourished in warmth and grace;
For the radiance of the spirit in autumn and for that which must now fade and die.
We are blessed and give thanks.
«Set me free, cut to the quick to fit, the master key.»
Oh Clavis, Oh Key!
photo : Gol stavkyrkje, Oslo