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

1 "This being (God) is life itself, light, wisdom, goodness, eternal blessedness and blessed eternity; and it is everywhere and always." St. Anselm of Canterbury (b. 1033), Archbishop and philosopher

2 "The sacred inclination to love God above all things has remained in us, as well as the natural light by which we recognize that His Sovereign Goodness is loving over all." St. Francis deSales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church, founder of a humanistic school of mysticism

3 "And in all his works and in all things, man should consciously use his reason and always have a reasonable insight into himself, into his inner being, and grasp God within all things in the highest possible sense." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

4 "In this embrace, in the essential Unity of God, all inward spirits are one with God in the immersion of love; and are that same one which the Essence is in Itself, according to the mode of Eternal Bliss." John Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), Dutch mystic

5 "Every day and every hour God is truly and spiritually begotten in our souls by grace and love." John Tauler (1300-1361),

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

7 "The soul is, as it were, all God-coloured, because its essence is bathed in the Essence of God." Louis deBlois (1506-1566), French Benedictine abbot

8 "It [the soul] could and should abide in God, in God alone! God above all graces, God above every cross!" Lucie Christine, French mystic, author

9 "God has made, of one single stock, all the nations that were to dwell over the whole face of the earth." New Testament, Acts 17: 22-23

10 "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)

11 "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

12 "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

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

14 "Indeed in no being is it possible to discover a nature so independent that it could exist without partaking in that one and only true being." St. Gregory of Nyssa,

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

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

17 "In One is all my peace." Angelus Silesius

18 “With the One, all diversity is unity.” Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

19 "The concept of blessedness is graven in our spirit and through it, we know and we say concerning ourselves, in perfect certainty that is beyond all doubt: we want to be blessed." St. Augustine (b.354)

20 "All creatures have a certain good of their own, to the completeness and perfection of their nature." St. Augustine (b.354)

21 "All [mystics] have the same message about that very thing which no soul can utter; the immediate experience of God."

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

23 "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

24 "The spark of the soul is the light of God's reflection, which is always looking back to God. The arcanum of the mind is the sum-total, as it were, of all the divine good and divine gifts in the innermost essence of the soul, which is as a bottomless well of divine goodness." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

25 "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

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