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

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

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 "I see Paradise has no gate, but that whosoever will may enter therein; for God is all mercy, and stands with open arms to admit us to His glory." St. Catherine of Genoa

4 "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

5 "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

6 "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)

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 "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),

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

10 “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

11 "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)

12 "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

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

14 "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

15 "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

16 “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

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

18 "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

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

20 "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'

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 "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

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

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

25 “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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite