I have warned here that these Webbursts may be very fragmentary, even cryptic at times. Here is an example of what I mean. Recently some unpublished notes* by Valentin Tomberg were released. They contained a single sentence which HIT me very, very deeply.
“The impoverishment of humanity caused by Protestantism: without the Mother the Word is not ensouled, and consequently humanity is deprived of the effect of the Universal Remedy.”
I have no wish to use this venue to bash Protestants. Then why do I print this?
If you know this site, dear Reader, you will see – I hope – a struggle. It is a struggle for answers in a world I see going down, going down under secularist, materialist and capitalist excess, a cruel world becoming crueler – and hotter.
My heart cries out why, WHY? What can be done? And one of the surest guides I have personally found in these burning questions is Valentin Tomberg.
And here in these succinct, private notes, he speaks with unusual starkness. He would seem to locate the contemporary problems of Western culture in the disensoulment of the Reformation and I have found it fit to ponder the very words here: impoverishment … deprived – of a Remedy capital R … which is Universal capital U … (Italics and capitals in original).
In the most recent post in my “A-blog” I used the words: “Stripped and naked, we die”.
I was referring to the stripping of our culture that happened in the Enlightenment. But certain thinkers go back beyond the Enlightenment to the Reformation, feeling that the latter paved the ground for former. The Reformation began the process of stripping away; the Enlightenment simply carried it further.
I wrote those words earlier this week and then discovered this potent sentence. It is a sentence which not only encapsulates much of Tomberg´s thought, I find it encapsulates many fruits of my journey for several years now, a search which has taken me through three European Catholic countries and allowed my eyes to see things I never could see with my Anglo-American heritage …
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*The private notes from which this has been taken can be found in The Wandering Fool – one of Tomberg’s three Catholic works now generally available in English and shown here. (For the UK consult our UK Valentin Tomberg page here.)