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

1 "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

2 "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)

3 "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

4 "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

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

6 “St. Augustine says: ‘God is a most simple being, and yet He works in a most manifold way, being all things in each single thing, and one in all of them together.” Blesed John Tauler (1300-1361), Dominican scholar

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

8 "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

9 "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

10 "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

11 "Knowledge is a principle of love; the knowledge of the true good, insofar as it is real and full knowledge, is undoubtedly love." Don Luigi Sturzo (1871-1959), Italian social reformer

12 "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)

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

14 "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)

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 "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)

17 "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

18 "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

19 "Thou [God] art beauty with infinite affability. Thou art grace in shape and form, the word with the way." Suso (1295-1366),

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

21 “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

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

23 "God comprises all things." 'The Book of the Poor in Spirit'

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite