I have referred to Malcolm Guite before, a Christian poet, musician and thinker who has been adding his wise and creative voice to Inklings scholarship for some time now. In the advent season, where poetry comes to us more easily, I thought I would introduce his poetry blog, and this Christmas season reflection.
https://lanciaesmith.com/image-for-the-day-advent/ The third Advent antiphon,inmy Advent Anthology fromCanterbury PressWaiting on the Word, O Radix, calls on Christ as the root, an image I find particularly compelling and helpful. The collect is referring to the image of he ‘tree of Jesse the family tree which leads to David, and ultimately to Christ as the ‘son of David, but for me the title radix, goes deeper, as a good root should. It goes deep down into the ground of our being, the good soil of creation. God in Christ, is I believe, the root of all goodness, wherever it is found and in whatsoever culture, or with whatever names it fruits and flowers, a sound tree cannot bear bad fruit said Christ, who also said, I am the vine, you are the branches. I have tried to express some of my feelings for Christ as root and vine more…
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Brent, I was particularly struck by Malcolm’s words: “We surf the surface of a wide-screen world and find no virtue in the virtual.” I love Waiting on the Word by Malcolm Guite and always treasure my too-rare time with him. I was thrilled when he agreed to be a contributor to Women and C.S. Lewis: What his life and literature reveal for today’s culture. Readers are always blessed by Malcolm’s cogent thinking.
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