Patricia Hofer

What and where God is

A 14th century mystic, the writer of the Cloud of Unknowing, who knew well the ascetic practices and intellectual exercises and good works of worship, wrote: “For silence is not God, nor speaking is not God; fasting is not God, nor eating is not God; loneliness is not God, nor company is not God; nor yet any of all the other two such contraries. He is hid between them, and may not be found by work of thy soul, but only by love of thine heart.” (Epistle of Discretion, quoted in her introduction to Cloud of Unknowing by Evelyn Underwood vi-vii)

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