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Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works
John Farina, Editor-in-Chief
Complete works of Dionysius the Aeropagite

1 “The reality is that all things are contained beforehand in and are embraced by the One in its capacity as an inherent unity.”

2 "There is a simple self-moving power directing all things to mingle as one; it starts out from the Good, reaches down to the lowliest creation, returns then in due order through all the stages back to the Good, and thus turns from itself and through itself and upon itself and toward itself in an everlasting circle."

3 "Everything in some way partakes of the providence flowing out of this transcendent Deity which is the originator of all that is. Indeed nothing could exist without some share in the being and source of everything. Even the things which have no life participate in this, for it is the transcendent Deity which is the existence of every being."

4 “God is in our minds, in our souls, and in our bodies, in heaven and on earth.”

5 “There is nothing in the world without a share of the Beautiful and the Good.”

6 "Each bestirs itself and all are stirred to do and to will whatever it is they do and will because of the yearning for the Beautiful and the Good…..The divine longing is Good seeking good for the sake of the Good."

7 "We must learn about Wisdom from all things. As scripture says, 'Wisdom has made and continues always to adapt everything (Ps. 104:24). It is the cause of the unbreakable accomodation and order of all things and it is forever linking the goals of one set of things with the sources of another and in this fashion it makes a thing of beauty of the unity and the harmony of the whole."

8 "God displays neither a grudge nor profane anger over previous apostasy and transgressions. In godlike fashion he gives to all who approach his guiding light and does so in harmonious and orderly fashion and in proportion to the disposition of each one toward the sacred."

9 “The supra-divine transcendentally one God dwells indivisibly in every individual.”

10 “Let us contemplate the one simple nature of that peaceful unity which joins all things to itself and to each other, preserving them in their distinctiveness and yet linking them together in a universal and unconfused alliance.”

11 "To praise this divinely benificent Providence you must turn to all of creation. It is there at the center of everything and everything has it for a destiny. It is there 'before all things and in it all things hold together (Col. 1:17)."

12 “All the radii of a circle are brought together in the unity of the center which contains all the straight lines brought together within itself. These are linked one to another because of this single point of origin and they are completely unified at this center.”

13 "His transcendent power is inexpressible, unknowable, inconceivably great, and, as it flows over, it empowers whatever is weak and it preserves and directs the humblest of its echoes….God's infinite power is distributed among all things and there is nothing in the world entirely bereft of power….The benefits of this inexhaustible Power reach out to humans, to animals, to plants, and indeed to all of nature."

14 “Nothing possessed of being lies outside the workings of Providence.”

15 "This essential Good, by the very fact of its existence, extends goodness into all things. Think of how it is with our sun….by the very fact of its existence it gives light to whatever is able to partake of its light. So it is with the Good. Existing far above the sun, an archetype far superior to its dull image, it sends the rays of its undivided goodness to everything with the capacity to receive it. These rays are responsible for all intelligible and intelligent beings, for every power and every activity….Their longing for the Good makes them what they are and confers on them their well-being. Shaped by what they yearn for, they exemplify goodness and, as the Law of God requires of them, they share with (all) the good gifts which have come their way."

16 "The name 'One' means that God is uniquely all things through the transcendence of one unity and that He is the cause of all without ever departing from that oneness. Nothing in the world lacks its share of the One…that One which in its utterly comprehensive unity uniquely contains all and everything beforehand, even opposites."

17 "For anyone, purification consists of a participation in the transparent clarity of the Godhead."

18 "The divine Light, out of generosity, never ceases to offer itself to the eyes of the mind, eyes which should seize upon it for it is always there, always divinely ready with the gift of itself."

19 “Everything, and every part of everything, participates in the One.”

20 "We owe to God's goodness our being and our life…using the everlasting model of beauty, God has made us in his image and he has given us a share of the divine condition and uplifting."

21 "He makes our life, disposition, and activity something one and divine….Formed of light, initiates in God's work, we shall be perfected and bring about perfection."

22 "Providence occurs everywhere."

23 “The power of the Godhead spreads out everywhere, penetrates all things irresistibly.”

24 “God penetrates without hindrance through everything.”

25 "We must make the holy journey to the heart of the sacred symbols."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite