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Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel - on Prayer'
Thomas Dubay, S.M.
An outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life, written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, based on two of the greatest mystical teachers of all time.

1 "We are destined to become God by participation in the divine nature."

2 "Everything is meant in the divine plan to bring us and others to this final embrace with Beauty and Love."

3 "The indwelling Spirit is He Who transforms us from one glory to another into the very image that we reflect."

4 "No being, no action can possibly exist aside from the universal Fountain of all that is."

5 "When one is anchored deeply in the divine solution to all problems, outer turmoil cannot disturb the inner tranquility. It is a peace that surpasses all understanding."

6 "On the sense and emotional levels there may be little or no peace, but in the center of the soul there are stability and serenity."

7 "St. John of the Cross was struck by what we might call a symphonic oneness seen as a result of the divine light. Each being gives 'voice to what God is in it', and all of them together produce a marvelous harmony."

8 "The heart of the human enterprise is nothing other than a being filled with the divine, a being transformed into God, a participation in the divine nature."

9 "Everything – seeing, hearing, tasting, working, resting, playing – triggers love in and through all things."

10 "In the home, in the marketplace, in the cloister, the love steadily radiating from these simple ones permeates and invigorates the world around us. It is unmistakable evidence of God living in and among us."

11 "The human person is destined to complete oneness of likeness with God, a oneness effected through total love that transforms the human into divine splendor: 'From one glory to another as we are transformed into the image that we reflect', as St. Paul puts it."

12 "We shall be transformed into the divine likeness because we shall know the Lord just as He is, for this cognitive immersion in pure Beauty enthralls and transfigures just as fire ignites and makes to glow any combustible object cast into it."

13 "He [St. John of the Cross] enjoyed music and stars and nature immensely. For him they were nothing but pure mirrors of the divine – which, of course, is exactly what everything is meant to be."

14 "We are all without exception called to the heights of holiness."

15 "Creation shouts the Creator to the attentive heart."

16 "There is nothing that unites as genuine love does."

17 "The love-giving Spirit brings with Himself all virtues: 'Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.' (Galatians 5:22)"

18 "In bestowing all this splendor on the visible universe God leaves some trace of Who He is, and this in turn should enkindle love in the soul who gazes with seeking and receptive eyes."

19 "Beings are what in the divine plan they were designed to be: steps to their Origin."

20 "Reflecting like mirrors the very brilliance of the Lord, we are even in this life to be 'transformed from one glory to another into the very image that we reflect – this is the work of the Lord, who is Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18)"

21 "Whatever degree of prayer one is in, it is love that is primary."

22 "The divine, natural omnipresence sustaining everything that is, all the way from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies…is necessary to created beings in the sense that they could not perdure for a moment without the continual divine outpouring of their being and activity. This presence is universal and permanent."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite