NPS 107

A confused one said: Five enamorial tribes and five sacred animal tribes: each of one corresponds to one of the other. But the holy Travancus rebuked them for their error, saying: If what you said were true, then those of the first tribe must prefer the friendship of the holy dog to that of the holy cat, or the friendship of the holy cat to that of the holy dog, or some other friendship to either; but there is no such ruling, nor could we ever so rule. Turn from your error, and renounce it, and every error will be forgiven. But those who remain in this error, and refuse to turn from it, even after the error thereof has been clearly demonstrated to them, and they have been given due time to consider the demonstration, they have chosen the way of the false and lying prophets.

And the holy Claretta said: These words I speak to those of my root; as to those of the other root, I say nothing to them, and they need take no heed of what I now say – let them go in their own way, whichever way their way may be, and I would not dare seek to decide their way for them. Great is the glory of our root, the glory of which we love and adore. And they asked her, Is the other root equal in glory? She answered them, It does not have glory as we know glory, and whatever it has is not in any way glorious to us; but if it be some utterly other thing to those who are of that root, that they might call by the very same word, that is a matter for them. Equal are the roots, but also unequal. Could the other root equal are own in glory? How could anyone loving our root say such a thing! But, it is written: Be kindly to foreigners; those of the other root are foreign and strange to us – they may pass through our lands, we will permit them to visit but not to stay. It is in that spirit that we acknowledge them as our equals, even as in truth we see them as our utter unequals – whoever truly loving could declare that which they love and adore equal to that which they do not? We would not dare declare them as equal to ourselves, nor would we ever wish that they would make the same declaration to us. The people of each land love their own land, and believe it the best land of all; it is not proper that we should love their land, or count it better than ours; nor is it proper that they should love ours, or count it better than theirs: but we wish them well in their land, as they wish us well in ours, and one may go briefly to another to visit, but one should not overstay the welcome of one's hosts, nor go to live in a land utterly alien to one's nature; nor show one's alien guests one's secrets, nor seek to see theirs when visiting them. But, charm may be given to those who lack glory; charm is charm, but it is not glory. To those of the first tribe, may they see their own glory in themselves, may they see their own glory reflected in their lovers, truly we of the first tribes are mirrors to the glory of one another, and they many mirrors glitter and gleam as they all reflect one another – how great and how glorious are we indeed! And I would never say, that no man has charm; but having seen glory, having held it and possessed it in my very own flesh and that of another, what need have I of charm? I have none; it is a thing with which I have naught more to do – charm is to me such a little thing, maybe not without worth, but to spend a moment upon charm, when I could spend it on glory, is to betray the glory which I adore. But men of the third tribe – I respect you – you have not the great glory in yourselves, but you love and adore it in those who possess it – which I respect indeed. No doubt you have seen a glimpse of my glory, but you honour me and those of my tribe in not seeking any more than that glimpse which you have been given – for if your unworthy eyes were to look upon the fullness of our glory, it would do naught but defile that glory which you say you adore – and indeed, I believe what you say, so long as your acts remain truly faithful to that adoration. Whatever is hidden from you on earth will be revealed to you in heaven, for whatever you are unworthy of upon the earth, you will be made worthy of in heaven, and you will look upon the glories of the earth with pure heavenly eyes, even upon the fulness of me. And you have seen some glimpse, however fleeting, of what charm is in you, and in each other, but so loving glory you seek not after that charm, only after glory. And women of the third tribe, to your own glory your eyes have been closed, as to those of our tribe our eyes have been open – being blind to glory, you have sought charm; how favoured are you, that the charm which you sought, knew your glory, and sought to bring you to know it also – charm working to open the eyes of glory unto itself. And having seen glory, having opened your eyes to it, you must seek it and love it and adore it; but, your eyes having been open to glory by charm, none asks that you close your eyes to the very charm by which your eyes were to glory opened – even as in our tribe our eyes to all charm must forever be closed. But, may you have eyes for only one charm, the charm which opened you to glory, and not for any other. And men of the third tribe, how honourable are you, that you would do this great work for our root, of opening their eyes to their own glory, and to the glory of each other. Therefore it is fitting that in the third tribe, the charm and the glory love each other in the flesh, as also love each other in the flesh the glory and the glory; whereas in the first tribe, glory loves glory alone.

And the holy Claretta said: When with my eyes I see her glory, this is my prayer: that she would adore her own glory as I adore hers, in the first tribe, or if not in the first, then in the third. And they asked her: What if she chooses the fourth? She answered: Alas, if she chooses the fourth, she turns away from her very own glory, and eschews it; alas, alas, but if that be her will, then so be her will, and she is free to choose, and whatever she chooses, her choice must be accepted as what it is. For of the four tribes, every soul is given freedom to choose three, and may choose however that soul wishes – but there is one tribe which for each soul is disallowed; but, if it longs for the disallowed tribe, there is an allowed tribe through which it may serve that tribe in obedience to its longings.