Christian Mystic Quotes on Love

My sole occupation is love.
John of the Cross (Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom, 1586)
Love is not consolation, it is light.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, 1942)
There is nothing better or more necessary than love.
John of the Cross (Notes to Stanza)
O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love!
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter XI: A Canticle of Love, 1897)
We are kept all as securely in Love in woe as in weal, by the Goodness of God.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 1, c. 1395)
This fountain of love issues from our Lord alone, and no stranger may approach it.
Walter Hilton (The Ladder of Perfection - Book I: Chapter 4)

Julian of Norwich Christian Mystic Quote: He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them...
He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 8, c. 1395)
Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.
John of the Cross (Sayings of Light and Love - 115)
Since with all my soul I behold the face of my beloved, therefore all the beauty of his form is seen in me.
Gregory of Nyssa (Homilies on the Song of Songs)
What could make me love my fellow Christian better than to see that God loves us all as we were all one soul?
Julian of Norwich (Meditations with Julian of Norwich)
For the more love and covetousness of any earthly thing is with thee, the less is the love of God in thy heart.
Walter Hilton (The Ladder of Perfection - Book I: Chapter 7)
Tell me, what is that which is neither separated from God nor united to God, but which is inseparable from Him?
Jeanne Guyon (Spiritual Maxims - 56)
Love is God's nature. He can do naught else. Wouldst thou Be God, then likewise love in every instant's Now.
Angelus Silesius (The Cherubinic Wanderer - Love, 1657)
Since I began to love, love has never forsaken me. It has ever grown to its own fullness within my innermost heart.
St. Catherine of Genoa (Life and Doctrine - Chapter 13, 1551)
God's love for us is not the reason for which we should love him. God's love for us is the reason for us to love ourselves.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, 1942)
In remaining unattached, a person is unencumbered and free to love all rationally and spiritually, which is the way God wants him to love.
John of the Cross (Ascent of Mount Carmel - Book 3, Chapter 23)
The purest Love—seraphic— Is not easy to divine, Because it is so quiet, By any outward sign.
Angelus Silesius (The Cherubinic Wanderer - Love, 1657)
We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of GOD, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - True Hearing)
The love of gain, which is a large, incalculably large, element in every soul, when once applied to the desire for God, will bless the man who has it.
Gregory of Nyssa (On Virginity - Chapter 18)
When the soul, then, in any degree possesses the spirit of solitary love, we must not interfere with it... In a word, it is for this love that we are all created.
John of the Cross (Notes to the Stanza 28)
We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of GOD, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
How sweet was the first embrace of Jesus! It was indeed an embrace of love. I felt that I was loved, and I said: "I love Thee, and I give myself to Thee for ever."
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter IV: First Communion and Confirmation, 1897)
For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter XI: A Canticle of Love, 1897)
When man humbles himself, God cannot restrain His mercy; He must come down and pour His grace into the humble man, and He gives Himself most of all, and all at once, to the least of all. It is essential to God to give, for His essence is His goodness and His goodness is His love.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - Outward and Inward Morality))
I was answered in spiritual understanding, and it was said: What, do you wish to know your Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you? Love. What did he reveal you? Love. Why does he reveal it to you? For Love…. So I was taught that love is our Lord’s meaning.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 86, c. 1395)
The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of his goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.
St. Teresa of Avila
I saw full surely that ere God made us He loved us; which love was never slacked, nor ever shall be. And in this love He hath done all His works; and in this love He hath made all things profitable to us; and in this love our life is everlasting. In our making we had beginning; but the love wherein He made us was in Him from without beginning: in which love we have our beginning. And all this shall we see in God, without end.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 86, c. 1395)
If a man is to become as like God as a creature may, that must be by sanctification. It is this which draws men upward to glory, and from glory to unity, and from unity to impassibility, and effects a resemblance between God and men. The chief agent in this is grace, because grace draws men from the transitory and purifies them from the earthly. And thou shouldest know that to be empty of all creature's love is to be full of God, and to be full of creature-love is to be empty of God.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - Sanctification)
This divine love, which thus separates us from the world and from ourselves in order to unite us to God, is our only true and proper love. When, then, it has been thus infused into our hearts, what more can we desire in this world or in the other? Death becomes a thing longed after, and hell loses its terrors for the soul which loves; for it dreads nothing but sin, which alone can separate it from its beloved. Oh, if men, and especially those who love, could only know how great and heavy a thing it is to offend God, they would know it to be the greatest hell that could be suffered: he who has once enjoyed this sweet and gentle love, and lost it through any fault of his, would suffer agonies like those of the condemned souls, and esteem no toils too great by which he might once more regain it. Long experience has taught me that the love of God is our life, our bliss, and our repose, and that self-love is continual weariness, misery, and death both in this world and in the other.
St. Catherine of Genoa (Life and Doctrine - Chapter 9, 1551)
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A Seeker's Thoughts on Divine Love

Truly nothing great can be achieved without love, this goes equally for spiritual maturity as for all earnest earthly endeavours. Love is the bridge between the personal and the universal, between the parts and the whole, between you and the divine. Love has the power to dissolve you in your own essential ecstasy, a subtle ecstasy that only arises when an individual beholds his own original face.

The greatest satisfaction a sentient being can experience is dissolution of its own boundaries, whether they are physical, mental or spiritual. Dissolution is the sweetest thing to an entity that believes itself to be a separate self.

(Excerpt from Nirvanic Insights)

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