"Whatsoever is good shall no one take unto himself as his own, seeing that it belongs to the Eternal Goodness only." Theologia Germanica, 14th century
The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics
(H. A. Reinhold, editor)
“Behind visible nature is a Universal Principle of good accomplishing all things through wisdom, strength, and beauty.”
Healing: The Divine Art
(Manly P. Hall)
"Basic goodness is what we have, what we are provided with. It is the natural situation that we have inherited from birth onwards."
“Having ultimately attained through right thinking, right feeling, and right living to the condition of the beautiful within ourselves, with enraptured vision we can respond in perfect measure to the eternal beauty which flows from the inexhaustible fountain of the one Good.”
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
(Manly P. Hall)
"In any situation, there is some good….In the most hopeless and heartless situation, even a concentration camp, some opportunity for good remains, if only, as for Betsie tenBoom [holocaust survivor], the opportunity to love and undergo a purifying ordeal."
Finding Deep Joy
"This essential Good, by the very fact of its existence, extends goodness into all things. Think of how it is with our sun….by the very fact of its existence it gives light to whatever is able to partake of its light. So it is with the Good. Existing far above the sun, an archetype far superior to its dull image, it sends the rays of its undivided goodness to everything with the capacity to receive it. These rays are responsible for all intelligible and intelligent beings, for every power and every activity….Their longing for the Good makes them what they are and confers on them their well-being. Shaped by what they yearn for, they exemplify goodness and, as the Law of God requires of them, they share with (all) the good gifts which have come their way."
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works
(John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)
"Reality is not only more unified but better than it seems to us. As God told the medieval mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, 'You will see for yourself that every sort of thing will be all right."
Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning