Saturday, 28 April 2018
In his Avignon Quintet Lawrence Durrell wrote about a fictitious schizophrenic patient called Sylvie.
She lived in an asylum under a tapestry of a wounded doe.
And she enquires, "Is there any news from India?"
An Indian Yogi once said to me, "I may not be able to help you but I can send someone who can."
In his book Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres wrote of a mental patient, "'Go to the monastery of the saint and wait for the miracle.'"
The saint of Cephalonia regularly provided miraculous cures for mental patients.
I am reminded of the Gersasene demoniac in the Bible.
Jesus heals him and he is found "clothed and in his right mind." Mark 5:15 (NRSV)
So there may not be any news from India but there is news from Israel.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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