Made in Germany of solid bronze, our Bidden or Not Bidden Oval Plaque hangs easily on the wall or front door. This plaque makes an ideal housewarming gift or gift of sympathy and strength for those who may feel God’s absence in their life because of a crisis of faith, a family tragedy, or personal loss.“Bidden or not bidden (that is, called upon or not), God is present.”
World-renowned psychotherapist, Carl Jung (1875-1961) displayed this affirmation in Latin over the front door of his home in Zurich, Switzerland: Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit. In a letter of November 19, 1960, Jung explains the inscription:
By the way, you seek the enigmatic oracle Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit in vain in Delphi: it is cut in stone over the door of my house in Kusnacht near Zurich and otherwise found in Erasmus’s collection of Adagia (XVIth cent.). [Jung had acquired a copy of the 1563 edition of Erasmus’s Collectaneas adagiorum, a compilation of analects from classical authors, when he was 19 years old.] It is a Delphic oracle though. It says: yes, the god will be on the spot, but in what form and to what purpose? I have put the inscription there to remind my patients and myself: Timor dei initium sapientiae [“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”] Here another not less important road begins, not the approach to “Christianity” but to God himself and this seems to be the ultimate question. (1975: 611) This inspirational gift serves as a reminder of the extent of God’s presence, permeating the world yet not always noticed; like water in water, God is present in the very fabric of Being at all times.
Whether we call upon God or not, whether we believe in God or not, God believes in us and is always present in our hearts, in our daily lives, in our world, and in our universe.