Monday, April 15, 2013

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I am researching memory, and found this page of quotes from historical sources on memory and writing.  I like this:  guess I am not the only one who actually memorizes the page where I find something I want to remember.   And I especially like the last line. 

From The Liber Magistri Hugonis Sancti Victoris, c. 1130
To fix something in the memory, it is of great value when we are reading to take pains to imprint on the memory through the imagination not only the number and order of the verses or sections in books, but also at the same time the color, shape, position, and placement of the letters: where we saw this written down and where that; in what part and in which place we saw it positioned---whether at the top, in the middle, or near the bottom; in what color we discerned the shape of a particular letter or the ornament on the surface of the parchment. I think there is nothing so effective for exciting the memory as meticulously paying attention to the surroundings of things, to those features which can occur accidentally and externally. Knowledge is a treasury, and your heart is its strong-box....

I remembered another example of a Rule:  St Maximilian Mary Kolbe's Rule of Life for those consecrated to the Immaculata.   I often think of these ones particularly, not that you'd necessarily notice if you were a fly on my wall (but think how much worse I would be if I didn't have things like this to think about). 

4. Do not permit: a. that evil remain without reparation and destruction; or b. that good be without fruit or increase.
5. Let your rule be obedience to the will of God through the Immaculate. I am nothing but an instrument.
6. Think of what you are doing. Do not be concerned about anything else, whether bad or good.
7. Preserve order, and order will preserve you.
8. Peaceful and benevolent action.
9. Preparation—Action—Conclusion.


I also like this called The Ladder of Four Rungs.  I found it on a site about Lectio Divina.  

Understand now what the four staves of this ladder are, each in turn. 

Reading, Lesson, is busily looking on Holy Scripture with all one's will and wit. 
Meditation is a studious insearching with the mind to know what was before concealed through desiring proper skill. 
Prayer is a devout desiring of the heart to get what is good and avoid what is evil. 
Contemplation is the lifting up of the heart to God tasting somewhat of the heavenly sweetness and savour. 

Reading seeks, meditation finds, prayer asks, contemplation feels. Vnde querite & accipietis: pulsate et aperietur vobis. That is to say 'Seek and you shall find: knock and the door will be opened for you'. 

That means also, seek through reading, and you will find holy meditation in your thinking; and knock through praying, and the doors shall be opened to you to enter through heavenly contemplation to feel what you desire. 

 Reading puts as it were whole food into your mouth; meditation chews it and breaks it down; prayer finds its savour; contemplation is the sweetness that so delights and strengthens. 

 * Reading is like the bark, the shell; meditation like the pith, the nut; prayer is in the desiring asking; and contemplation is in the delight of the great sweetness. 

Reading is the first ground that that precedes and leads one into meditation; meditation seeks busily, and also with deep thought digs and delves deeply to find that treasure; and because it cannot be attained by itself alone, then he sends us into prayer that is mighty and strong.  

* And so prayer rises to God, and there one finds the treasure one so fervently desires, that is the sweetness and delight of contemplation. And then contemplation comes and yields the harvest of the labour of the other three through a sweet heavenly dew, that the soul drinks in delight and joy.


I guess none of those have much directly to do with Language Arts, but the memory and the lectio divina one do relate a tiny bit.  

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