Beyond emphasizing the importance of harmonizing beliefs, principles, and deeds, this point relates to Solovyov's understanding of creation and the world as being "willed" by God and attaining its realization and completion by conforming to His "will." As Solovyov explains the Lord's Prayer in The Spiritual Foundations of Life, the realization of God's will and delivery from evil temptation in the future entails concrete prerequisites: material and spiritual conditions and sustenance in the present, denoted by the requests for the "daily bread" and the "supersubstantial
bread" (as separately registered in the Lucan and Matthean versions of the Lord's Prayer), and release from the hold of the past by means of forgiveness.
Another erroneous test is "supersubstantial
In another instance, Benedict proceeds by referring to Saint Jerome's Vulgate "which translates the mysterious word epiousios as supersubstantialis (i.e., supersubstantial
), thereby pointing to the new, higher "substance" that the Lord gives us in the Holy Sacrament as the true bread of life" (JN, 154).
We are not surprised to find Maritain quoted on the same theme some dozen or so pages later: "It is a deadly error to expect poetry to provide the supersubstantial
nourishment of man" (Eliot, UoP 124; Maritain 79).
(Indeed, the Dark Ages, so called by antireligious philosophes of the French Enlightenment, was actually not so "dark" at all.) A literal translation from the Slavonic, which remains today the liturgical language of the Russian Church, is "Give us this day our supersubstantial
, or heavenly, bread--not the daily bread of life--is what we should pray for.
Although recognizing the benefit of spiritual communion, the decree "beseeches" the faithful, for the sake of unity and peace, to venerate and "frequently receive [this] supersubstantial
bread" (13)--an almost radical claim considering that Augenkommunion (ocular communion--gazing at the host as the priest elevated it) was the norm in the sixteenth century.
I am inclined to agree with Jacques Maritain, contra Arnold, that "it is a mortal error to expect from poetry the supersubstantial
nourishment of man." That higher, nobler nourishment lies with the Greater Book.