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

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

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

3 "Our created being abides in the Eternal Essence, and is one with it in its essential existence. And this eternal life and being, which we have and are in the eternal Wisdom of God, is like unto God." John Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), Netherland mystic

4 "God sees Himself in Himself alone and draws His power from Himself alone, and He sees Himself in all His creatures, even in those that have no sensation, and in them He feels Himself through the power with which He gives them their being, and causes them to be of use and to bear fruit." St. Maria Maddelena de'Pazzi (1566-1607), teacher, political activist

5 "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

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

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

8 "And we shall all become gods and intimately united with God…For the One who has become many remains the One undivided, but each part is all of Christ." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church

9 "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)

10 “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

11 "One must hunt down one's nature in an implacable course towards perfection, to the end that one may exhale and infuse one's whole being, open mouthed, into the mouth of God." Fr. Joseph LeClerc du Tremblay, quoted by Aldous Huxley in 'Grey Eminence'

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

13 "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

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

15 "And as the soul within your dust, through members differing and conformed to divers powers, doth diffuse itself, so doth the Intelligence deploy its goodness, multiplied through the stars, revolving still on its own unity." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

16 "God in His faithfulness gives each man what is best for him….For God in His Godhood sees each thing as it is at its best." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

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

18 "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

19 "The power and the constancy of God's eternal kingdom cannot be destroyed by the impact of unsteadfast mutability." St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Abbess, visionary

20 "None of the objects which we perceive with our senses or understand with our mind truly exist in themselves, with exception of that supreme being which is the cause of all others." St. Gregory of Nyssa

21 "O Love, O Love, give me so strong a voice, O Lord, that when I call you love, I may be heard from East to West, and in all parts of the world…so that you may be known and adored as the true Love." St. Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi (1566-1607), mystic, teacher

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

23 "Free will is the power of relishing the divine good which intellect makes known to it." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

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

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite