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The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics
H. A. Reinhold, editor

1 "I am a man by nature, and God by the grace of God." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church

2 "St. Augustine says, 'Well and truly loves the man who loves where he well knows he is not loved; that is the best of all loving.'" Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

3 "God governs all His creatures in goodness." St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Abbess, visionary

4 "Where charity and love are, there is God." Roman Missal

5 "I am a peak in God, and upward must I pace upon myself, that God may show His tender face." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), physician, priest

6 "In so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or waking, or what it may." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327),

7 "In that spiritual home where the Uncreated, the Formless, the Ineffable, keeps the soul infinitely removed from all the specific detail of created shadows and atoms, we remain calm even when our senses are the prey of the tempest." Fr. J. P. deCaussade, S.J. (1675-1751), French teacher

8 "All is God's, all concerns God. All prayers are God's, all work is God's; all play is also God's – when it is time to play." Charles Peguy (1873-1914), French poet

9 "Eternal Wisdom: My love is of that sort which is not diminished in unity, nor confounded in multiplicity. I am as entirely concerned and occupied with you alone, with the thought how I may at all times love you alone, and fulfill everything that appertains to you, as though I were wholly disengaged from all other things." Henry Suso (1295-1366), German mystic

10 "The soul has an urge to a good which is beyond its judgment." St. Augustine (b. 354)

11 "God exists in all things, not as a part of their essence or as one of their accidents, but He exists in them as an agent is present in that which it works upon…Hence God is in all things, and is intimately in them." St. Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274)

12 "Hold for certain that what happens to you internally and externally is for the best." J. P. deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest, teacher

13 "There was talk of a man who wanted to begin his life anew and I spoke in this way: man shall become a seeker of God in all things, and a finder of God at all times, and everywhere and among all people and in every way. And therein one can always and incessantly wax and grow and there shall be no end of waxing." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

14 “The Soul sees in the Divine light how considerately, and with what unfailing providence, God is ever leading it to its full perfection, and that He does it all through pure love.” St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510), sister of the Annunciation Order

15 “God works in the soul, so that He may bring it back to the source from which it first flowed out.” From the Book of the Poor in Spirit

16 "Soul of Christ sanctify me through the riches of your inner life." Anonymous

17 "And this is the true end set before the soul, to take that light, to see the Supreme by the Supreme and not by the light of any other principle – to see the Supreme which is also the means to the vision, for that which illumines the soul is that which it is to see, just as it is by the sun's own light that we see the sun." Plotinus (203-269ad), Alexandrian Neo-Platonist

18 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

19 “Let us love one another with a sincere heart.” Roman Missal

20 "You must know that divinity is undivided." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church

21 "The motions which are naturally akin to the divine principle within us are the thoughts and revolutions of the universe. These each man should follow…and by learning the harmonies and revolutions of the universe, should assimilate the thinking being to the thought, renewing his original nature." Plato

22 “When with her pure intellect now illumined with divine light, the naked soul sees God, then she knows herself.” Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

23 "The presence, the participation of God, His being in the midst of us, His dwelling within us, are all approximate expressions of His intimacy with us…We may say that in Him is our life, our activity, our being." Don Luigi Sturzo (1871-1959), Italian social reformer

24 "The Eternal Goodness is ever most graciously guiding and drawing us." Theologia Germanica, 14th century

25 "Man is the hand of God." Theologia Germanica, 14th century,

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite