Symbolism: The Glory of Escutcheoned Doors is about experiencing this world symbolically. The energy of God takes over as the operating fuel in human personality. This happens and perdures through a life of symbols. From such a perspective the most important symbol of all is you, as an active part in a greater whole. Our biological life from birth to death is bankrolled by counterfeit currency unless we consciously switch to the alternative energy of divine illumination. In light of this superior wattage we and everything that exists in our world are seen, heard, tasted, smelled, touched, breathed, not as discrete, self-contained things in themselves but as manifestations of a larger reality, signals from a vaster energy.
Mark Patrick Hederman
Mark Patrick Hederman has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick for over thirty years. Formerly headmaster of the school, and currently academic dean, he did his doctorate in the philosophy of education. He studied in Paris under Emmanual Levinas. He has lectured in philosophy and literature in America and Nigeria as well as Ireland, and was a founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag. His first book, Kissing the Dark (Veritas, 1999) was a bestseller.
This is a spiritual autobiography by a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey in Ireland. It is structured chronologically and outlines a series of insights that led the author to experience this world symbolically, which he means in the sacramental sense. The insights come from a number of varied sources, including art and literature. The book includes color reproductions of the artworks referred to in the text.
This book is recommended for all monastic libraries and Newman Center libraries. It might prove a useful addition to a parish library if it serves patrons who are voracious readers of spiritual books.
- Catholic Library World, December 2008