Secrets of the Art Revealed


bullet1 Foreword

bullet2 Introduction

My very dear Confreres and fellow Disciples, wherever you dwell on this earth, now and in future times, since GOD has touched your Hearts and enlightened your Minds to learn this Science of all Sciences and Art of all Arts, I now address you; and first of all I address those of you who are privileged more than myself and all others because you live in Maiorca, under the Great Patronage of Our Lady where you constantly enjoy the aspect and supernal influence of the very bright star that shines on your land, namely our Doctor Illuminatus and Blessed Martyr RAYMOND LULL; may I be granted the favor of being among you as the last in line, not only mentally but also physically present to bow before the Altar of my most loving Teacher, kiss his footprints and give my thanks, inadequate as they be when compared to his merits, for all the great benefits that his most munificent right hand deigned to bestow as it reached out and opened itself wide to me, his unworthy client, in this far away country.

Who will give me a hundred tongues and a hundred mouths so that loudly and with many voices I can proclaim before the whole World the praises of the most Enlightened Doctor, most Faithful Teacher, most Loving Parent, most Glorious Martyr, most Excellent Physician, most Profound Philosopher, most Sublime Theologian, Leader, King and Emperor of all the noblest Sciences and Arts! Here I do not intend to relate his Piety and Virtues, nor the labor, persecution, revilement, imprisonment and wounds that he suffered entirely for the love of his Beloved and in his zeal to spread afar and aloft the Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Roman faith, all these things would give me ample occasion to praise him in countless ways; nor will I expound upon his Merits and the Glory that he now receives from his Beloved, his supreme Beloved who now continually provides splendid testimony on this earth in favor of his Lover in order to honor him and avenge the calumnies, revilement and injury dealt out by evil men.

All these things are well known to you as Spectators and sufficiently expounded before the whole world in Books by Illustrious Men relating his Deeds and his Cause, and I will refer to them in a more appropriate place, namely in the Great Book of Divine Contemplation.

At this time I will defend only his Science and Wisdom by expounding it to you because it is too little valued by his abovementioned Friends and Defenders who have little knowledge of it, if any at all; and I respect and venerate it as a GOD - given Science and Wisdom (as I devoutly believe, having been convinced by continuously reading so many Works over the years) which is all the more lofty and perfect as it is equipped with a ministry so universal and powerful that it extends not only to any one man, any one Science or Art, but to all natural sciences and Arts for their Renewal and ultimate Perfection, for extirpating heresy, converting all Unbelievers, and spreading the Most Holy Catholic and Apostolic Faith all over the world: and I hope that the time so longed for by our Blessed Teacher is now at hand and that "the Science with which the truth of our Faith can be so easily proved and with which straying humanity can be brought to GOD's Salvation will no longer remain hidden." (Lib. Desol. n. 22) "whereby our Holy Catholic Faith can be raised aloft so that many Unbelievers can be brought to true conversion." (ibid. n. 3) Now is the propitious time, the day of salvation (as I trust in our Lord's Mercy) to bring to perfect fulfillment "this holy task at which our Doctor Illuminatus labored for thirty years without ever seeing its completion." (Lib. Desol. n. 3, Arb. Scient. prol.) "The task of greatly honoring the Greatness of our GOD and saving the nations." (ibid. n. 7)

Now let this Art be brought to light: our most excellent Teacher was so afraid it might be lost after his death, that he expressed the sorrow in his heart with these words worthy of our greatest compassion: (Lib. Desol. n. 35) "O glorious Lord! is there any martyrdom in this world as great as mine when I cannot serve you and have no one to help me! How can this Art that You gave me, and from which so much good can follow, be preserved? I am afraid that it will be lost after my death, for my judgment tells me that no one understands it and I cannot compel anyone to hear it out. Woe is me, if it is lost! What will I say to you, Lord, as you gave it to me so I would spread it? "  

Most loving Father, let not this Art that your Beloved gave you be lost, lest thousands be lost; now I am not anxious about your Art, rather, I rejoice in it because GOD has given it and Justice and Virtue will make it multiply in its legitimate Lovers as by GOD's grace, the prediction that the Hermit made to console you is now nearing its fulfillment: "although you  now experience hardships on account of it, there will be other, better times when you will have Helpers who learn it and overcome the errors of this world with it, and do many worthy deeds." (ibid. n. 10) Now the Shepherd's prediction draws close to its auspicious fulfillment, since the day he saw your books and knelt to kiss them and water them with his tears, saying that great good would come to the Church of Christ through them. (Vita cap. 2 n. 2)

Therefore, Venerable Father and most Wise Teacher, reveal now to your Sons and Disciples, my Brothers and fellow Apprentices, the Secrets of your Art; for it is improper for me as a

Disciple to teach my fellow Disciples and I should rather learn together with them. I must therefore consider you as the source, and that whatever I impart to them comes not from me but from you: and as your voice no longer resounds in our ears since you left this mortal body, I beseech you, my Father, to let your threefold Spirit minister to us and manifest to us the Truth that you investigated for so long in so many different ways and when you finally learned the Truth that you so greatly desired to know, you bequeathed it to us in your Books: although your books are held in low esteem and some even consider you a fool, without ever having known you or your Books. (in Prol. Arb. Scientiae, in Lib Desol. n. 16. 47. in Lib. Disput. Petri).

However, as your Disciples, we see this in another light since reason and experience have convinced us of the ineffable value of your Volumes and we prefer to be regarded with you as fools so that we can partake of the Wisdom, Science and Prudence so plentifully infused in you by GOD, because our love for them makes us impervious to slander given that we neither seek praise, nor fear blame from men. (S.Hier. in Prol. ad 1. Est.)

And we are much less discouraged from studying your books by those who claim that your Latin is barbaric, since this is not true and only appears to be so to those who have never learned the barbaric and irrational Grammar of the Romans, but are only accustomed to the rules established "ad placitum" by Ethnic writers. Nor do they know anything about your Art of forming a rational system of Grammar and their objections are easily refuted by considering the sublimity of your Doctrine: "Fools conveniently adopt the habit of always belittling any Doctrine too sublime for them to understand, whereas they really ought to be more attentive and rise to the subtler level of the matter at hand, on the contrary, they get depressed and say that the style is too difficult although they should stand in admiration of it. Therefore they act exactly like toothless infants who choose softer foodstuff even though it is of lesser quality and they bitterly complain about any solid, better quality food: thus they carefully conceal their weakness; deprived of any acumen, they loathe any science that has to be conquered through intensive study and much work. (Saint Cyril in John 21).

And thus your Disciples are pleased to join you and Saint Gregory in "not shunning mixed metaphors and the confusion of barbaric grammar, and in disregarding rules of style, rhythm and punctuation, because we firmly believe that it is unbecoming to constrain the words of the Heavenly Oracles to the grammar rules of Donatus. And it is far better for us to be picked apart by grammarians, than to fail to convey our meaning to the people." (Saint Gregory, Letter to Leander) And Saint Augustine writes: "The best teaching ensures that the listener hears the truth and understands what he hears. The outstanding mark of good intelligence is a love for the truth that is conveyed by words rather than for the words themselves; of what use indeed is a golden key that cannot open what we want to open, and what is wrong with a wooden key if it can open it? After all, don't we simply want to open something that is closed?" (S.Aug. de Verb. del.)