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

1 "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

2 "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

3 "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

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

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

6 "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)

7 "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

8 "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)

9 "The presence, the participation of God, His being in the midst of us, His dwelling within us, are all approximate expressions of His intimacy with us…We may say that in Him is our life, our activity, our being." Don Luigi Sturzo (1871-1959), Italian social reformer

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

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

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

13 "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

14 "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)

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

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

17 "I saw the One I love, with eyes that learned to see. I saw within my soul that He was waiting there." Mechtild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207-1294), German mystic

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

19 "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

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 "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,

22 "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)

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

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

25 "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

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